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Patrick604

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Patrick604 Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Jun 2012
Thu 12-Jul-12 05:50 AM

Greetings!

I hope this is in the correct section. I was actually looking for a section on paper, but this is the closest I found.

I come from the old days of wet processing. I had my hands in chemicals since I was about 10-years-old. I never could bring myself to use tongs, but that is another matter. do you suppose that is why my kids have three eyeballs???

Anyhow, I had a paper recommendation from a local friend whom I respect as an excellent photographer with great style and vision. He suggested that the Staples photo papers were very good at a fraction of the cost of the big boys.

I am just converting over to digital, and picked up a Canon Pro9000 Mk II for a song. I went out to get some Staples brand photo paper for it. I started with the Photo Supreme in High Gloss for small test shots, and general printing for my daughter's snapshots.

I liked the paper, but was looking for a traditional matte surface and bought some large sheets of Photo Supreme Matte. This is NOT what I was looking for. This is more like card stock than photo paper. I printed a couple of 8X10's on it and was surprised at how much they curled up after they came out of the printer. I let them dry out for a day and they more or less flattened out, but I am concerned that they will not hold up well to humidity when I mount them and place them in a frame. I admit that they look okay, but they don't seem to have the same snap as I would expect from a paper coated with an emulsion layer.

So, I am guessing that matte in the digital printing world is not the same as the old matte papers I would buy from Kodak, Agfa and Ilford back in the good old days.

What should I be using for a slightly textured photo paper for this Canon that will remind me of the papers I used to use when I had a darkroom?

Thanks for your help!

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