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.
Torchon 285 ArtLine
This is a bright white media with a rough undulating surface (some similar variants are entitled 'mogul' for reasons that will be obvious to skiers). It comes from 100% alpha cellulose base stock and is heavily whitened with OBAs. Its thickness has caused us problems with feeding into both printers and spectros in the past but the Epson 3800 coped OK. The audit data using the Hahnemuhle profile was reasonably good and the print was clean and bright with quite a rich feel to it. When we have tested the media previously we obtained better colour data with bespoke profiling so there is a little more in the bank yet! If you want a rich, bright monochrome with a very characteristic surface, this might be a good place to start.
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