Still struggling with sharpness using Hahnemeuhle Photo Rag (White. 305gm paper). It came with the 3880 as a sales deal from Adorama (Bad batch? Seconds?).
I was just reading on your Page 3 on “New Papers and Coatings” and saw this:
“Also, we’ve been observing the effects of ink bleed on a series of non-standardized batches of Hahnemuhle Photo Rag since 2007. There have been dozens and dozens of coating issues on HPR that have caused our K7 inks to bleed slightly or heavily. In fact, HPR is so notorious for batch to batch QC that we introduced custom K7 profiling in order to eliminate the bleed on sub-standard batches and facilitate its die-hard users who refused to find an alternative paper.”
My problem is very noticeable on a watermark. I use a RGB 37,37,37 gray with white 12-point type on top of that RGB on the above article’s paper (and mine!). Seems the blacks (either PK or the MK) on that paper might be bleeding into the white type area? The commercial lab returned the same print to me today and their type is razor sharp. My QTR K7 Selenium on the above paper is not. Very soft and fuzzy. Ink bleed maybe?
Any paper I should try for better sharpness than the Hahnemuhle Photo Rag White 305 gm that I have?
I sent Dana in the Ink part of the forum my QTR Curve to get a 21 step range. Seems it takes a lot of the Cyan curve to get the step near the dMax Step 21 black too. Maybe too much ink and bleeding into my white typeface? I get a good linear look and scaling, but the white type is fuzzy/soft/not white.
I’ll see if I can attach it here, but I did manage to get it posted in the Piezo Ink side earlier today.