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    Flat under the enlarger

    Whenever I try to make a border-less print without an easel, the paper has a tendency to buckle in the middle. Although it's miniscule, the slight variation in the height is enough to throw the focus off.

    Any tips on how to get a good flat image without having to get a sans-border easel?


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    My only suggestion would be to print with a border using the easel then trim the borders off, that's all I got
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    The little inventor in me pops out.. Drill a small hole in the easel, connect a small tube, put it in your mouth and suck the paper flat. (or a little suction fan)

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    Put a drop of super glue in the center of the easel to keep the paper flat.

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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    put sheet of glass over paper

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    Well...Ive tried the elmers glue method in the middle, but it creates a mess in dev (I guess I use to much!). The glass method works, but any scratches or dirt on the glass will ruin the whole print. The homemade vacuum easel sounds excellent...but I'm afraid that if I spend the money on that, I could have spent the same money buying a borderless easel. And last but not least, the cutting method works, but people don't seem satisfied with portraits unless they fit perfectly in an 8x10 frame.

    When will the madness end?

    Thanks for all the advice!

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    How about using something like a strip of double stick tape and glued portion of Post-it note papers to hold the photographic paper flat? You could double-stick tape the Post-it upside down. Your photo paper will come off clean and easily, yet post it should be strong enough to hold it flat, at least temporary.

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    If you rub double coated tape with a little baby powder, it will separate from the paper easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richard ide View Post
    If you rub double coated tape with a little baby powder, it will separate from the paper easily.
    just tried this with a contact sheet and a block of MDF. Looks promising so far.

    I will try this in the darkroom tomorrow!


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    Anchell's Darkroom Cookbook 2nd ed has a formula for Sticky Easel, gelatin based. It's formula #202 in the book. It appears to be dropped from the 3rd edition.

    Your local art supply store probably has a low-tack adhesive spray, something along the lines of Post-It notes adhesive, that could be used on MDF or other flat material.

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