Registration Issues

Discussion in 'Wet and Dry Hybrid prints' started by Bob Carnie, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Bob Carnie

    Bob Carnie Subscriber

    Apr 18, 2004
    Med. Format RF
    I am in the process of purchasing a few large rolls of film from Ilford for some specific projects in mind.

    I have a few questions/observations that I would like to put forth.

    I am not sure who to credit but I saw here.. someone is changing the size of negatives to reflect the shrinkage in paper. This at first seems to me a very practical way of approaching registration issues with multiple coats.

    My question is this... if the paper has grain going in one direction I imagine that the shrinkage is greator or less going with the grain . or simply not *linear* (not sure if this is correct term)
    But when you reduce the size of the film in lets say a % factor the ratio is kept. Therefore I would imagine that on lets say a 30-40 inch image if you got the one direction matched, I think the other may not be a perfect match. Causing a mis-registration???????

    Another ques or observation... If one used a very thick paper stock and mounted the paper to a very rigid stock using a quality mount material,,, I am thinking aluminum which is thin enough to be punched.. Would not the shrinkage be minimised???
    One would then need only to strip, or peel the paper from the support??

    I have not tried either of these methods, but since I will be spending a few years on paticular projects in large print size , I am curious of your thoughts.

    I have done countless multiple registrations images on 16x20 E6 films in the past , in fact too many. Registration was never an issue as all work was done first before the emulsion ever hit a chemical or wash.

    Any thougths or comments on this subject would be appreciated.
  2. dwross2

    dwross2 Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    Large Format
    Hi Bob,

    Un-check "constrain proportions" in Image Size and then set each change individually. Note that the proportion change will depend on the original size paper, so I note where I started from. I work mostly with Fabriano Artistico and the numbers are amazingly consistent if I keep my working baths at about room temperature. For instance, to go from negative one to neg two, my notes say," 1=>2: Starting w/ 3.5 inch W: L minus .56mm x W minus .39mm. "

    good luck,
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