Profile + Paper = Perfection
On Monday of this week I was introduced to Hahnemuehle fine art paper and it was suggested that it would be of real benefit to my panel to print it on this as opposed to the usual Epson Lustre which I normally use. So after printing one sample, I ordered a batch of 50.. which didn’t come cheap
But I think (hope) the investment is worth it. Tonight I spent over 5 hours printing my final F-panel. It took a while at the start to get everything right. Starting out, the first print was awful and I mean TRULY AWFUL but this was down to the fact I printed on the wrong side of the paper . Most papers that I’ve used to date are pretty obvious in terms of which is the print side, but not so with the Hahnemuehle Photo Rag 208 gsm. Both sides look identical and if it wasn’t for a tip from a seasoned Hahnemuehle user, I’d never have been able to tell. Their tip “lick the paper and if your tongue sticks, that’s the print side!”
So with the right side up, all that was left to do was download the ICC profiles and media settings. And oh my, the difference real profiles with quality paper makes to an image. I know it’s hard sometimes to stand back from your own work, but I was really happy with each print as it came.
So the hard work is done, the shots taken, scrutinised, sorted, edited and printed. They’re off to be mounted tomorrow so the next I’ll see of them will be a few days before the distinctions