How do you evaluate sample paper?

Started Feb 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Brett Delmage
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How do you evaluate sample paper?
Feb 7, 2012

I've bought several sample packs of new papers (to me) to try out: Epson, and Harman (Hahnemule).

I'm wondering how the rest of you print to evaluate the paper? Many of these are textured papers, so I'm thinking it would make sense to print a crop of something I am going to print larger than 8.5x11, so the image details size will be in same scale with the paper texture as they would be on the large print.

Or should I just print a whole image on one of my samples, even though my final print will not be that small, so the print details will be out of scale with the paper texture?

Or maybe I should take 4 crops of fairly different images I'll be printing and print them on a single sample page?

Or maybe none of this really matters and won't show much of a difference?

I'm thinking it does, because when I looked at printed samples in the sample book at the photo store, it was difficult to see any difference in many cases.



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