Eric, thanks for your response. I was projecting the mask as a sandwich with the neg. I had tried several printers including an Epson 2200. However the problem was clearly in the material I was using which was the clear version from Pictorino, Kodak, or IBM. The Pictorino was the best of the three, but when examined with a loop, the pattern on the surface was clearly visible- so the printer was blameless. Remember that I was using MF, so that the enlargement ratio was at least 8X. Have you looked at the frosted or white material under a loop and detected any pattern ? Rgds Len Eselson On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 12:49:07 -0500, Eric Neilsen Photography wrote: >Len, Are you trying to project it as a sandwich or are you using it at the >paper plane/easel? Printed with what printer? Rip? >The frosted or white material from Pictorico not the clear is what you want >to try first. Although, I have used a clear material from Photo Warehouse >with the Cone inks, output with an Epson 7000, and running with Image Print >6.0. I use that set up for making enlarged negs for platinum printing. I >also use it occasionally to make mask, but thank goodness, only a few time. > >Another tool that is very handy to make black, is small flash light with an >attachment available at auto parts stores. I also use it as a portable safe >light by inserting a small piece of rubylith and making the light red. Works >great for finding misplaced items in the dark, as long as it is not the >misplaced item : ) >Eric Neilsen Photography >4101 Commerce Street, Suite 9 >Dallas, TX 75226 >214-827-8301 >http://ericneilsenphotography.com >> -----Original Message----- >> From: pure-silver-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pure-silver- >> bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Len Eselson >> Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2005 12:10 PM >> To: pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; Eric Neilsen Photography >> Subject: [pure-silver] Re: How do I increase local contrast in my shadows >> when printing? >> >> I had tried making digital masks for 2 1/4 negs, enlarged around 8X, >> but had problems with finding a suitable masking material for my ink-jet >> printer. All the transparency materials I tried, including the one most >> recommended, Pictorico, had a surface material which was deposited >> as an array of dots, and this showed in the final print when enlarged. >> >> Any one know of more suitable materials. >> >> Rgds >> >> Len Eselson >> >> >> >> On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 11:36:25 -0500, Eric Neilsen Photography wrote: >> >> >I find nothing wrong with making a digital >> >mask but this also requires a skill set. >> >> >> >> >> ========================================================================== >> =================================== >> To unsubscribe from this list, go to www.freelists.org and logon to your >> account (the same e-mail address and password you set-up when you >> subscribed,) and unsubscribe from there. >============================================================================================================= >To unsubscribe from this list, go to www.freelists.org and logon to your >account (the same e-mail address and password you set-up when you subscribed,) and unsubscribe from there. ============================================================================================================= To unsubscribe from this list, go to www.freelists.org and logon to your account (the same e-mail address and password you set-up when you subscribed,) and unsubscribe from there.