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Re: Any experience with Pictorico PGFH White Film?

Thanks Christina. I am surprise that glossy paper can be a good digital negative material. Does it let UV pass through? I should really try Kirkland paper. I have old type made in Switzerland. I guess the current one is not. If you have time to test some of those PGFH white film please let me know - I can send you some sheets. I have some friends in photographic material/graphic arts business and sometimes they sent me samples to try out.

By the way your website is cool. I especially like the photo "Sizing paper Montana-style" :).

- Philip

Christina Z. Anderson wrote:
Hi Philip,
I have used the Pictorico Pro Photo Gallery Hi-Gloss White Film with BW only. No need with alternative processes. I did a side by side comparison of this and plain old cheap Kirkland Professional Ink Jet Glossy paper and found that the latter worked just as well and the sharpness/resolution was surprisingly close to the Pictorico, close enough to not warrant paying a buck or two a sheet vs. 12 cents. In fact, I just taught curve calibration to 18 students using it for our negative substrate.

In a side by side comparison, the Pictorico white was quite a bit denser--my data is at the office but if I remember, it required a stop (maybe it was 2/3) more exposure than the Kirkland. But my stuff is the 6.7 mils/170 micrometers/213g/m2/iso brightness 92, thicker than that, below.

Perhaps they have created a thinner substrate, because both of the above created a "bleed" . I've posted an image here for you to show what I mean. The little square test targets are 1 pixel, 2 pixels, 3 pixels, and 4 pixels each little dot so it is a scan of 8 of these teeny 1/4 inch squares, courtesy of Mark Nelson's PDN system tonal palettes. Those little test targets come in so handy for resolution comparisons:



Christina Z. Anderson
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Subject: Any experience with Pictorico PGFH White Film?

I got some Pictorico PGFH White Film in lower price than Inkpress white film and wonder if it can be used for producing digital negative for silver or certain alternative processes.

As I have been told by Pictorico tech support, the specifications for PGFH are: Thickness 5.2mil (PGHG 6.3mil ), weight is 182 GSM (PGHG 221 gsm). Opacity 97 (PGHG 97, the same). It seems it is a thinner/light weight version of Pictorico white film products.

Anyone has experience on this product? It is hard to find any information on the net and seems this PGFH white film has never been imported into USA before.

Thanks, Philip