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Paper Chase Hahnemuhle Baryta FB 350 gsm - part 1 of 1 2 3

by Mike McNamee Published 01/12/2009

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This paper arrived as an experimental prototype but by the time we went to press it had been added to the Hahnemuhle Fine Art range, with a slight name change as indicated above. FB stands for 'fibre base' as this bright white, 350gsm, 100% alpha cellulose material is a baryta mimic of a traditional fibre base silver halide material. The initial impression is of a bright, very solid and quite sturdy paper with the merest hint of texture in the ultra-gloss surface.

We used our Epson 3800 as the test bed. At the time of testing no profiles were available on the Hahnemuhle website, a situation that has since changed and profiles are available for all the professional large-format printers and for the enthusiast A4/A3 printers from the major makers. We chose slightly different settings than the Hahnemuhle technicians, but the comparison below is still valid.


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For our mono landscape test printing we used this Paul Gallagher landscape and the Epson Advanced Black and White driver set for neutral and at 'light' setting for a very crisp print with rich blacks and perfect neutrality.

Note also that, in common with other baryta papers, a platen gap of 'wider' is recommended along with a thickness of '5' and a drying time of '20' (see screen grab).

Choice of Black Point Compensation (BPC) is dodged by the Hahnemuhle instructions; we used BPC on as we always do.


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