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    SpotPen Kit

    Any one use or experimented with SpotPen kit? Saw it on http://www.thephotoshop.ie/ and thought that coud be a nice kit to have.

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    I bought a set once but didn't like them because I prefer a dry-brush technique for spotting. Just my personal two cents.

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    I have a set sitting on the shelf - I have used them on a couple of occasions, but found it difficult to "do" the small specs of dust. The tip is not particularly fine and the colours do not suit toned prints at all well.

    I have since picked up an assortment of Spotone dyes and a pad of Kodak Velox tints. Diluting one or more of these and applying with a very fine brush gives me a good colour match and control for just about any print.

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    Like others, I found them a bit difficult to use, though I didn't have a problem matching tones, they just seemed to put too much ink down. That said, with some practice, I got better at using them, but still prefer Spotone with a tiny brush.

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    I think they are the cat's meow. Start light and work up. There are kits of different warmth. I thought they were discontinued.
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    I have a few sets of them, but still spot with a dry brush. The pens often left a halo around the area I was spotting.

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    I infinitely prefer them to spotting with a brush. They make life so much easier - just pick a pen with a tone one step lighter than you think you need, and try it. If it's too light, bump one up. If it's too dark, a damp q-tip will remove it easily.

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    They are my preferred method. What I really work at is making prints without spots in the first place.
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    Thanks for the replies. My problem with brushes is big incompetence in using them, so the pens did look an attractive solution. David, my enlarger is a spotty one, I already tried to unspot him, but he didn't like so...

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    I dislike them intensely. Give me a good 00000 brush and watercolors anytime.
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