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    Print Flattening

    I am having some print flattening trouble with my 16x20's. I usually use a dry mount press after they have dried on screens but my press is only 12x12 so I have to do 16x20's in sections. My trouble is the top edge of the print "frills" and no amount of pressure etc seems to eliminate it. None of the other edges frill so I am at a loss to explain it. None of my other sizes of prints do this i.e 11x14,8x10 etc.
    Does anyone out there have a tried and true method?
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    I dry my FB prints between archival photo blotters, they come in sizes of 17"x24" so are just large enough for 16"x20" prints.

    Washed prints have excess water removed then blotted until damp. They are then stacked between 3 sheets of blotter, that is 1 print then 3 blotters until all prints are stacked. They are left like this over night. Next day all the blotters are replaced with fresh ones, stacked as before but this time left under weights (large portfolio boxes full of mounted prints) until completely dry within a few days.

    They really do dry beautifully flat.

    The downside is the blotters will need replacing every so often but they are relatively cheap. No heating is required other then normal room heating, so they are environmentaly friendly and the blotters can even be recycled

    These are avilable in the UK from Silverprint which is not much use to you but I'm sure someone in the States must supply such items?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronlamarsh View Post
    I am having some print flattening trouble with my 16x20's. I usually use a dry mount press after they have dried on screens but my press is only 12x12 so I have to do 16x20's in sections. My trouble is the top edge of the print "frills" and no amount of pressure etc seems to eliminate it. None of the other edges frill so I am at a loss to explain it. None of my other sizes of prints do this i.e 11x14,8x10 etc.
    Does anyone out there have a tried and true method?
    Which brand of paper?

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    print flattening

    I am using Arista Edu ultra aka foma fiber base
    No escaping it!
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