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Paper curl is a fact of life with inkjet papers, especially with fine art hand made papers and papers that have come off a roll. All paper ultimately comes of a roll - it is either cut into a smaller roll from a larger one or cut from a roll into paper sheets.
Further, due to the grain of the paper (the direction in which most of the paper fibres run), and the type of coatings used (which will react differently to the paper base to changes in temperature and humidity), paper is destined to curl. It's part and parcel of the entire production process and not really a fault per se, more something that is a fundamental part of the natural paper making process.
If you really hate paper curl, then you have a few choices. Double sided papers, being coated on both sides, tend to curl less. Museo Portfolio Rag is not really a double sided paper but they've treated the back side to help the paper resist curl. In general, resin coated papers curl less than fibre based ones as the resin helps the fibres resist the urge to curl.
But largely, if you want to use beautiful fine art papers, paper curl is a fact of life you are bound to encounter. Here are a few tips for working with paper curl.
- Chris J -
I received my print today and I just wanted to let you know how incredibly happy I am with the outcome.
The print itself is beautifully done, and the small fixes you made to the scan are perfect. The care taken with the packaging also ensured entirely damage-free delivery. This may be Image Science’s standard operating practice, but having sent a few prints out before with less than great results, I want to assure you the care and attention is greatly appreciated.
So, thank you for being such a great service, and you can expect a number of further printing jobs to head your way shortly.