Text on prints?

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  1. JPD

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    If I want text on the prints, what method would you suggest? I don't want to write directly on the negatives. Clear OH-film on the paper? :smile:
     
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    This would work, giving white text which would be readable if over a dark area of the print. In the 'old' days, we used to type what we wanted on a white sheet of paper, photograph it with 8 x 10 film, then trim the resulting negative and tape it to the easel. It would be in contact with the bottom area of the print when exposed, producing a white area with black print. You could try variations of this depending on what you wanted to be the result.

    Bob
     
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    Instead of fooling with 8x10 film, I used Tech Pan processed in d76 to photograph a laser printed sheet of typing paper with my desired logo and text placed in the appropriate section of the paper. I exposed 100 sheets of 8x10 Ilford MG, but didn't process them, kept them all oriented the same direction. Then I went back and re-exposed the sheets to the group shot I was using and developed normally.
    Result; a group portrait with black text and logo.

    Old days, indeed!
     
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    Thanks. Hm, I think I could buy some lith-film. Efke makes a thin film called OP12. OH-film for inkjet has a matte surface that wouldn't look good, and on clear OH-film I must write with a marker.
     
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    Take this reply with a grain of salt, but... you could try writing the text on the paper with fixer before exposure. (Using a paint brush, perhaps?)

    I've never tried it, but it should work, shouldn't it?

    (Just thinking out loud here...)
     
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    I just write with a black biro on the emulsion

    The Biro desolves in the chemicals to leave white text

    My writing is like that of a drunken spider - but it works OK for me

    Martin
     
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    clear oh film might be too thick
    and you will have extra textures on the page as well.
    maybe a clear sheet of mylar ( thin ) ..
    i have been wrestling with the idea with text on my images
    for a while .. and my handwriting is not the best ...