Re: was Chris Andeson there? now digineg smear

From: Christina Z. Anderson ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 10/05/04-09:54:45 PM Z
Message-id: <007b01c4ab58$3ebb98d0$6101a8c0@your6bvpxyztoq>

     Forgive me if this is a mishmash, but I am going to bed, and leaving
for the weekend (not at the same time, mind you), so I wanted to get this
out now before I go offline.
     Marek was getting smearing, even with the 2880 slower printing setting.
I don't get smearing. Sam has gotten smearing, and suggested the smearing
related to the amount of ink set down on the substrate, which is probably
denser for Marek's pt/pd curve than it is for my gum curve. In fact, then
Marek printed out a neg for gum and no smear (ohhh, now I am getting
foggy--I think with my gum curve I sent him that doesn't smear for me).
     There is a point with the PW stuff where it smears, and whether this is
due to amount of ink, kind of ink, color ink, print setting, etc., that's
what we're trying to figure out. There are others aside from Marek that
can't seem to get it to work, too, and my fear was that the stuff had
changed somehow, but my new batch works just fine, too.
     The PW stuff is really thin, and my guess is the clay coating or
whatever it is, is not really thick, like with Pictorico. Hence, it may not
have the capacity to hold as much ink. But I can't resist it, at 75 cents an
     I think Marek and I checked our workflow (I use 1440, black ink only, a
gum curve, and semi-gloss) and what allowed him to print a non smeared neg
was one that had less density.
     But I could have remembered some of this wrong. Marek, check me out
     However, if you are right in that the ink dries/not dries, that would
lead us in another direction. Which is why I thought if Marek sent me his
"smear workflow" neg that I could print out, then I could compare apples to
apples, given the hope that each Epson 2200 is the same. And if I sent you
a piece of PW film, could test it without spending $75 on a box of
     BTW, there is an Ink Jet Transparency Film at Office Max, 6039SOMX for
Canon and Epson Printers, in a yellowish box, that works fine (for gum), and
feels very similar to the PW brand--no bumpy, textured side, very clear,
very thin.

Whether it is Gum Negatives or PT/PD Negatives, it shouldn't make much
difference, unless you use a different media choice—even at that, It would
seem that
the ink is either going to dry or not dry on a particular substrate.
Received on Tue Oct 5 21:55:09 2004

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