Drying Fibre Based Paper

Ian-Barber

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How are you drying your Fibre Paper prints?

Without going to the expense of a dry mounting press, would laying them face down remove the curl sufficient enough to scan them.
 

Ian Grant

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Hi Ian, do a search on Photrio (AUG), Simon R Galley a Harman/Ilford Director (now retired) posted about how to dry FB papers flat. I have a dry mounting press so don't have your problems LD

FB papers don't scan as well as Glossy Resin Coated prints, you're almost better re-photographing the prints with a DSLR.

Ian
 

Alan9940

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I dry FB paper face-down on custom made screens; think window screens. I certainly haven't tried all the flavors of FB paper out there, but I've never had it dry totally flat. Early on, I tried placing finished prints under heavy weight for a couple of weeks, but that didn't help much. Like Ian G, I have a drymount press and that works great for flattening FB prints. Oh, and when I make digital prints I scan the film...just my preference.
 

Ian-Barber

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Thanks. I was thinking of trying some FB paper for paper negatives as they appear to have more texture than the RC papers. For scanning the paper negatives, I guess I could just place them under some anti newton glass on the scanner which should keep them flat for scanning.
 

David M

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Another way is to peg the corners of two prints, squeegeed back-to-back (emulsion out) and hang the sandwich from a clothes line. Bigger prints might need more pegs. Quicker drying might increase the curl. The edges will still be a little bit curled.
When the prints are touch-dry, they can be layered between blotting paper under a weight.
Digital prints can't reproduce the curl of fibre paper.
 

andrewbartram66

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Another way is to peg the corners of two prints, squeegeed back-to-back (emulsion out) and hang the sandwich from a clothes line. Bigger prints might need more pegs. Quicker drying might increase the curl. The edges will still be a little bit curled.
When the prints are touch-dry, they can be layered between blotting paper under a weight.
Digital prints can't reproduce the curl of fibre paper.
Tape it to glass with brown art tape and trim with a sharp knife when dry - dry down is also minimised as the fibres don’t shrink so much


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