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I've noticed a trend during the last few weeks that many people are not entirely happy with Generations ink on various glossy papers (while getting excellent results on various matte papers). I started a short thread myself discussing the hazy scum or residue as well as the bronzing I had seen with Generations using a 1200 on Epson Photo Paper. Included in the replies I got confirming that others had experienced the same problems was a suggestion to contact MediaStreet.com, suppliers of Generations ink as well as a number of digital fine art papers. I eventually contacted MediaStreet Support, asking them if they had an explanation for the problems I and others on the Epson inkjet list were having printing on glossy paper. The first reply suggested I use their Clearjet Overspray to eliminate the bronzing. I replied that in fact I had used a spray (Lumijet Image Shield), and while it had indeed improved the appearance of the prints, many on the Epson list were hesitant (for "archival" reasons) to use sprays on their prints. The second reply re-emphasized MediaStreet's commitment to developing new coatings to help with using pigment inks on glossy paper. They offered to send me info from the Clearjet manufacturers on archival concerns, so I may ask for that. The bottom line seems to be that there is some problem printing with Generations ink on glossy paper, but at the moment, there is no pre-printing "fix" available. I do find the appearance of prints sprayed with Lumijet Image Shield to be very appealing - a nice semi-gloss that handles light reflections from various angles quite well, with minimal bronzing. As a bonus, pizza wheel tracks are also reduced. I don't know what appearance other sprays will produce, and of course no one knows the long-term results from any spray. This doesn't help people who are reluctant to use sprays, plus it adds a certain cost to making prints, but for now I guess it's the recommended solution. Comments, anyone? Roger Smith - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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