RE: Another Ziatype question

From: Loris Medici ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 10/13/04-05:29:01 AM Z
Message-id: <000e01c4b117$d8a0d680$ce02500a@altinyildiz.boyner>

Hi Clay, thanks for the answer.

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> Subject: RE: Another Ziatype question
> Loris:
> In my experience, Whatman's is an excellent paper for both
> DOP and POP pt/pdf
> printing. I do think a brief treatment in 1-2% oxalic acid is
> beneficial. I
> can easily get rich black - Dmax in the 1.4 - 1.5 range -
> with this paper.

Should I rinse the paper in plain water after treating in oxalic acid or
just hang it to dry?

> Don suggested making sure you are getting adequate exposure.
> I think that is
> an excellent idea. Inadequate exposure can be a sneaky
> problem because if you
> print like me, you sometimes can concentrate on getting the
> highlight density
> right to the detriment of thinking much about the shadow densities.

This is indeed a very important point. I can see no distinction between
steps 1 and 2 in reflected light but can see the difference in the light
table. Should I continue to expose even if the the tone distinction
between 1 and 2 is not evident in reflected light - to the point that I
can see no difference in the light table?

> Another suggestion is to make sure you are using enough
> sensitizer solution
> to effectively coat the paper. This is the most common

Well, probably I made this very mistake; I coated 22cm x 17cm area with
a damp synthetic brush using just 1ml coating solution! I currently have
only 25ml of LiPdCl solution (purchased to try/test - will order more
asap) that's why I try to be conservative (more than the expense, it's
the time that I have to wait for the package to arrive that makes me

> ...
> Getting all fussy
> about the solution's strength is a lot less important than
> making sure you
> have enough FO/metal in a given surface area to give you a
> good print.

Ok, will try with 50% or 100% more coating solution (1.5ml per 22cm x
17xm) and follow up.

Thanks for valuable help.
Received on Wed Oct 13 05:23:54 2004

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