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    Quote Originally Posted by bill spears View Post
    It's a wonder there isn't a marker pen that contains the same dye as spotting dyes ...
    There is! A fountain pen filled with Spotone. Trouble is, Spotone is not archival (according to Ansel Adams, or at least he had his doubts), but regular China Ink is very archival, so that would work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamc View Post
    Why do you use a pencil and not a pen or fine-tipped marker?
    Will ink damage the print?

    Adam
    At least some markers bleed ugly with time. I'd stick to pencils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithwms View Post
    Why not sign the way your buyer asks you to sign.
    Edward Weston once got deeply insulted when a buyer asked for his full name rather than his initials when signing a print. He felt the buyer was paying for a print, not a signature!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Davis View Post
    Edward Weston once got deeply insulted when a buyer asked for his full name rather than his initials when signing a print. He felt the buyer was paying for a print, not a signature!
    That somehow reminds of that open source guy who feels offended when somebody wishes him merry christmas because his an atheist.

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    Is pencil archival? Really? Yes I know all about sp2 carbon and it's wonderful properties, but, there is this 'eraser' technology....
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    Quote Originally Posted by keithwms View Post
    Is pencil archival? Really? Yes I know all about sp2 carbon and it's wonderful properties, but, there is this 'eraser' technology....
    Hehehe....if you've ever tried to fully erase a pencil mark on a mat board, you'll remember that it's one tough smudge to get rid of. I use a harder #2H pencil that makes a much lighter mark, but even at that, it isn't easy to fix an error. (2H pencils are available at art supply stores for those who sketch.)
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    Fair enough, I've never written on mat board, I just initial on the print itself. But I suspect that tape will take graphite off of almost anything; I could be wrong...
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    Hard pencil on bottom right corner mat board and my stamp with name etc on the back.

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    A friend of mine who has recently switched from analog to that other medium signs all his prints with a type of marker or pen that lays gold or silver looking ink? He signs his stylized initials (a sort of logo) in the lower right of the print itself, but very small and unobtrusive, unless you look for it in the corner. It seems from reading the above, this is probably not one of the more desirable ways, but in looking at his pics I didn't think the signature detracted from the image, but I'd never given much thought to signing photos.

    I had only ever signed them lightly on the back with pencil, and near and edge so it would be where the print border is if on the front. Or I sign the back of the backer board, but that ends up under the paper dust cover.

    For my working prints in RC paper I use a Sharpie and mark relevant exposure info and so forth along the bottom edge of the back, so if I do hinge mount them for my own use, I still have the info. I used to keep notes in a notebook on every print (I still do about film development), but after hundreds of prints, find it easier to simply refer to the actual working pic and the data on the back. I don't do complicated dodge and burns (minor as needed), but any of that is briefly noted on back as well. I've only been doing the Sharpie on the back for about a year, but never had any sort of issues on the RC paper. I wouldn't do it for a print I meant to sell, or on FB of course. Sri for the bit of thread drift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithwms View Post
    Why not sign the way your buyer asks you to sign.
    Because I do not ask them how to print the image, nor how to mat the image. But I'll let them decide how they what to frame it (and just keep my fingers crossed that they show some restraint.)

    Vaughn

    PS...#3 pencil, sharp and used as lightly as possible...on the front mat, lower right.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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