Hanging luster prints (problem solved)

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  1. Ben Egbert

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    I have been printing for 10 years and am on my second printer and have at least 1000 prints. I have used glossy and semi gloss and luster, but several years ago I ditched glass and gloss and went to matte. I did this because I can't stand the reflections that show every dent and curl in the paper.

    I realize that some images work better in luster and I recently had one that blocked up dark greens in my Canson photorag paper, so got a roll of Canson premium luster 310 wt. It fixed the block up problem. but even though it is T-hinged to the backing and was very carefully handled, it still shows curls and dents.

    I wonder how you folks who print deal with this? Do you use a dry mount or vacuum system to mount your prints to the back board? Or do you just live with the wrinkles?
     
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    That's a good question Ben.

    I am on the other spectrum, especially with FocalWorld I don't have time to print as that is a very time and labor intensive process. When I was printing I would send mine out. So I unfortunately am no help at all with this.

    With the prints you have, it's too bad you can't get some of yours on display in a gallery somewhere.
     
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    i don't do my own printing, but i do sell a few prints in a local shop. i order rolled canvas prints. i stretch and staple it around a piece of plywood and then frame it without glass.
     
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    Hello Pepper, I also have some canvas prints that are wrapped. I am not happy with the level of detail I get with canvas, and my wife prefers frames with colored mats.
     
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    Ok, I solved this problem. I went back to matte and worked the greens until they no longer blocked up. I had a luster print hanging and the glare and waviness were just awful, especially when hanging next to other properly behaved matte prints.

    The new matte print is much better, and even though it looks washed out on the screen, it's just fine as a print. No glare, no waves or dents.

    I wasted money on a roll of luster paper, but I reaffirmed my experience with why I went to matte.
     

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