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    Matt works well for handcoloring as the dmax is less and it has some tooth.

    Other than that I would neither use that surface nor RC. Basically , I use graded fiber glossy papers. Finish prints are always toned. Finished means ready for the wall or for the buyer.

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    Thank you Ann, it's looking like Glossy Fibre is the favourite choice with most people. I always remember that when I tell people I shoot and print traditional b&w they always comment on the beautiful shades and shine they associate with it. Happily I won't be doing professional stuff anymore so no need to worry about buyers

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    Quote Originally Posted by TPPhotog
    Sparx so why Matt for you?
    I just like the look and feel of the matt paper better. I've used Jessops matt and Ilford pearl as well as the gloss from both these companies and, like i said, matt every time. I find the image harder to focus on with gloss because of the additional reflection and i also think you lose some detail and grain, especially when shooting faster film.

    Just my opinion of course.
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    Air dried glossy 95% of the time. Far greater depth for landscapes, which IMHO is essential. I use matt for some portraits. I dont feel Matt has that 'walk in' feel.

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    When I was taking photo classes back in college I grew a strong distaste for Glossy RC. I never liked the way it felt, and it annoyed me to no end during critiques since I could never seem to find a position to look at them without having a glare obscuring half the image. So I ended up working with pearl and semi-matte for RC which I like.

    When I started doing Fiber work I went strait to matte because of the bad taste the glossy rc left me. But last night I made my first Glossy Fiber prints, and damn, I like them. Glossy on fiber seems to be a much different beast then glossy on RC.
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    Air dried glossy fiber usually Ilford Warmtone or Bergger.

    I never use RC except to proof and then it's pearl.


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    Sparx know what you mean about the grain

    The Glossy RC I liked until I got onto Pearl RC, then I felt the Glossy RC was too glossy.

    Then to confuse things I moved onto Fibre. Now I like the look of both the Glossy and Matt Fibres. The trouble is each finish brings with it their own unique look and feel to the picture. If I print the same picture on both finishes I like them both, but for different reasons and can't decide which I prefer.

    Mmmm maybe I should confuse things even more and try the Semi-matt

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