by Mike McNamee Published 01/06/2007
Museum Etching 350 ArtLine
This is a mould-made natural white, OBA-free, 100% cotton rag media at a near-board weight of 350gsm. It oozes quality and is naturally quite a bright surface. This is a material that will be favoured by those wishing to create a 'no-expense-spared' limited edition print series. The colour audit statistics are good. This was the only material we carried out more than one profiling test on. The bespoke profile delivered the best statistics, the smoothest Granger Chart and a larger gamut volume than the Hahnemuhle profiles using either WCRW or VFA settings. The metamerism was also lower with the bespoke profile at 1.4 ΔE probably due to the more tightly controlled neutrality of the 50% grey measurement point. The bespoke profile has slightly less discrimination in the shadows between 25 and 15 RGB points.
White Etching 268 ArtLine
This is a bright white media made with 25% cotton rag by the Fourdrinier process. It has a similar surface to German Etching but with additional brightness, created by OBA inclusion in the coating. Despite having brighteners, it produced some of the best data on skin tones and a very slightly higher Dmax than its companions, although do not buy on that basis - we are talking small variations around already good data here! The prints have a nice clean, open feel to them with the brighter base, which would make this a good paper for the monochrome enthusiast. There was no profile available for this media on the Hahnemuhle website and so we used our own bespoke profile made with Photo Rag. We subsequently obtained more samples and made a bespoke profile. This produced even better data.
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