</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Jorge @ Oct 19 2002, 04:41 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>Is this the thing you are talking about? when you size your paper with this, does it end with a shiny surface? I am asking because this might be a way to increase D max when printing in pt/pd.</td></tr></table><span id='postcolor'>

Hmm. Never really thought about that much. I&#39;d say it was a bit shinier than gelatin. But, I usually end up coating the prints with an acrylic gloss spray (Krylon Crystal Clear) to increase the gloss and final dMax. The gum prints on rough matte surface watercolor papers can be pretty be fairly dull. The final coating after clearing the dichromate tends to saturate the colors and increase gloss and density.

I suppose one could try a final gelatin or glue overcoat but I think part of the charm of Pt/Pd and some of the other hand-coated processes is the quiet matte surface. I had a friend who used the Palladio stuff for awhile, but it was so perfect that it looked more like a silverprint to me. I guess I just have an idea in my head of what a Pt/Pd "should" look like, and glossy doesn&#39;t fit that personal idea.

That&#39;s related to why I print in gum. Color prints (cibachromes, chromogenics, etc.) just don&#39;t look normal to me. They may be more "accurate", but I like other color palettes and for a print to appear handcrafted and a step or two removed from reality. Thus I prefer things like gumprints, carbon, etc. I LOVE the autochromes I&#39;ve seen. They are obviously images/prints and not some mimicry of the real. In contrast, look at standard color senior pictures sometime. Fairly accurate flesh tones against that weird blue background. Yucho&#33; I&#39;ve never seen even one that I like. However, those old warm-toned monochrome portraits from a half-century and more ago are just lovely. (And still around.)

So, I guess I&#39;d promote imaging and visualization in terms of the process with its inherent qualities. Is anything worse than reprinting a photograph meant for one process into Platinum just to make it more marketable in a gallery? Sacrilege&#33; But, I diverge...

Plus, I&#39;m not selling much either.