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Fine-Art PORTRAIT VC (20 x 24") Paper from Bergger is a 100% cotton rag photographic paper with a semi-matte finish. The paper's Variable Contrast (VC) emulsion provides a high silver content, yielding deep blacks and wide-ranging mid-tones. The paper's softness makes it well-suited to monochrome photo hand coloring.
Red safelight such as from a Wratten 1A is recommended. With direct illumination from a 15 Watts bulb direct minimum working distance is 1,5m (about 5 feet). As with all papers,, it is a good idea to test for safelight fog from time-to-time
Fine-Art PORTRAIT VC can be exposed with all types of enlarger and printer light source. Exact exposure times may be found by test strips (small, extra sheets of the paper are enclosed for this purpose)
Process in any good quality paper developer at 68 °F (20 °C) for 2 to 3 min. with continuous agitation
An acid stop bath is optional but recommended. It quickly stops development by neutralizing alkali. This also helps extend fixer life. Dilution: 25 cc of 28% acetic acid in 1 liter of water. Treat for 15 seconds if an acid stop bath is used, or 30 seconds if a water rinse is given
Fixing (Maximum Time: 10 Minutes)
Treat in a conventional sodium thiosulfate fixer for a minimum of 5 min. at 20 °C (68 °F). Normal fixer capacity is 1.5 m²/Liter. A two bath fixing method (at 2.5 min per bath) may be used to avoid under-fixing. When the first bath is exhausted, replace it with the second bath and mix a fresh second bath with ammonium thiosulfate fixers, treat for 30 to 45 seconds only, then give a thorough pre-wash for 5 min. Next, treat with a wash-aid (with frequent agitation for 10 min before transferring to a final wash
The use of a wash aid (such as Kodak Hypo Clearing Agent) is strongly recommended. It will reduce your wash time and increase the efficiency of your washing. As well, it will help guarantee the permanence of your photograph. Wash in running water at a rate fast enough to completely change once every 5 minutes. Wash time is 1 hour at 20 °C (68 °F) or 30 min. if a wash aid has been used.
To effect even and rapid drying, you may use a wetting agent as a final rinse. Excess water should be removed from the surface of prints with a clean sponge or squeegee. Prints may then be dried in dust-free air on drying screens or in a clean photo-blotter
Press dryer must be used at low temperature
In the Box
Bergger Fine-Art PORTRAIT VC (20 x 24") - 10 Sheets
Warranted To Be Free From Defects In Materials And Workmanship
Table of Contents
100% cotton rag
With Wash Aid: 30 minutes at 68 °F (20 °C) Without Wash Aid: 1 hour at 68 °F (20 °C)