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    bryanphoto

    Plastic-free color printing paper?

    Can anyone tell me if there is some way to do analogue optical color photo printing on a plastic-free paper? I would like to use paper without the polyethylene "resin" coating, if possible. Are there any papers or methods that would make this possible? Thank you.

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    There is no fibre base colour photographic paper. Other than inkjet, you would need to print in an alternative process.

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    As others have said RA4 is all resin coated paper. Have you experienced all the surfaces available or are you basing your preception on what you imagine plastic to look/feel like? Ilford Satin is RC and yet has little ressemblance to what the "man in the street" woud assume to be a plastic finish. Likewise RA4 RC surfaces.

    If you tell us what your issue with "plastic" is we might be able to be more helpful


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    I think fiber base color went out in the early 80s with the demise of Agfa type B paper. The current resin coated color papers are quite good. Why fight progress? Well, maybe when progress drives you to d&*%&al it's worth the fight...
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    You could do color carbon print. It's a bit more work than RA-4 though...

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    Thanks for the suggestions. It is not necessarily an objection to the look of RC papers, but rather a desire to use a paper without any plastic -- perhaps a paper that is more natural. Since there do not seem to be any plastic-free RA4 papers, I am interested in alternative methods. Does anyone have any suggestions in this area (I will have to research color carbon printing, as mentioned above)? I do not know anything about creating my own paper that will react and print an image, but that could be interesting, if possible. Any techniques worth exploring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryanphoto View Post
    but rather a desire to use a paper without any plastic -- perhaps a paper that is more natural.
    The polyethylene coating under the emulsion is just one of many coatings on the paper. I wouldn't consider it to be 'more natural' without it. It's a production line, bulk manufactured process either way.


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    you could start with a relatively simple and inexpensive contemporary gum bichromate kit... it's worth a try. color carbon printing, or carbon transfer process is a complicated, involved process. the monochrome version is considered highly complicated and advanced. add in color and it's 3-times as advanced. the other thing you could do is print monochrome to a fiber paper and then hand-color it.

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    bryanphoto, I have to apologize. I did mean it as a half-joke. Thank you Luseboy for straightening me out.

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    I don't understand your objections to using photographic materials or cameras with plastic and alloys in them when you must shoot film, which is on a plastic support. There is no way to 100% avoid plastic or heavy metals in photography.
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