I do both. It depends on the paper and the process in a way. Some paper just doesn't tear easily, so I cut it with a rotary cutter.
I love paper with deckled edges—so if I have to buy a large sheet to get the deckle and want to make smaller prints, I might cut or tear so that I get two deckled edges if possible. I wish there were more papers with smaller sizes with 4 deckled edges. I've found some Japanese hand-made papers like this recently from Graphic Chemical & Ink Supply (a great place to visit near Chicago and only about 25 minutes drive from me.)
On Nov 21, 2008, at 12:16:33 PM, "Paul Viapiano" <email@example.com> wrote:
"Paul Viapiano" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
paper cutting for pt/pd andother alt processes
November 21, 2008 12:16:33 PM CST
How do you all cut your paper for pt/pd and the like?
Do you rip to maintain a torn edge on all sides or use a paper
Mostly interested in your aesthetic decisions and reasons...