by Mike McNamee Published 01/06/2007
Photo Rag Pearl 320 PhotoLine
This is a new, OBA-free, 100% cotton rag, natural white media equipped with the baryt-like surface coating. At a stroke, therefore, it fulfils all the demands of the fine art sticklers, but with the type of coating that is providing such good Dmax and colour precision data. The base colour is a natural cream.
Using the Hahnemuhle profile from the website turned in a spectacular colour audit data complete with the skin tone accuracy we have found on other papers of this generic type. Bespoke profiling improved the audit data to 3.7LabΔE/2.33ΔE2000 another really top result. The skintone errors were as small as we have seen at 1.9LabΔE/1.5ΔE2000. The bespoke profile removed the slight yellow cast of the Hahnemuhle profile to improve both the skin tones and in particular the grey error that was a very low 2.3ΔE2000. Metamerism was low at 1.4 LabΔE and the landscape colours turned in a good performance. In essence the values were very close to those obtained with Fine Art Pearl and so are not repeated here. You can obviously choose between these two products on aesthetics and OBA demands, secure in the knowledge that the colour performance is truly spectacular. The only problem we did note was that the paper was not driven accurately right through the printer with the very tail end showing some image ghosting (see image).
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