Join Kelby Media's Larry Becker as he discusses Moab's Slickrock Metallic Silver 300 archival inkjet printing paper, and how it can be used to transform your photos into vivid prints, akin in effect to printing directly on aluminum. Becker explores the unique qualities of this new paper, including its metallic appearance and how a range of images translates to this exceptional surface type. He also showcases the spectrum of sizes available, and discusses some tips and strategies for fine-tuning your photos during post production for printing on this medium.
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I reccently tested a client's image on a sample of the MOAB Slickrock Metallic Silver 300. You can see it here on my facebook page. It is amazing - UNDER THE RIGHT LIGHT. See the image here
I printed it a little less warm and a little lighter also, and still, under average light, it is uninteresting, and highlights threaten to blow out. It is only when it is lit well that it pops. I have been plagued by the known issues with proofing using the supplied profile in Lightroom.... so, I basically proofed it using Epson's pro luster profile, and printed it using the correct profile - I chose Epson glossing pro as my Media Type. I love love love how it looks under the right light. Is this normal? It almost seems like a white light hologram..... I just wonder if there is something I'm missing.... ??
Ambient light does affect the look of this metallic paper. The base of the paper is a little gray, so you really need very bright ambient or direct light on the print; otherwise it appears dull and muted. For best results on these types of specialty paper, it is recommended to create a custom ICC profile that matches your printer+paper combination. Two products I would recommend are X-Rite's Colormunki Photo and Datacolor'a SpyderCAPTURE PRO.