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Two More Aluminum Prints

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This is one of my classic images that I decided to try toned since the leaf image (which is also lightly toned) printed very well. I’m starting to see a pattern here: sepia toned is good. You’ll notice though that this particular piece of aluminum wasn’t in good shape. Lots of scratches and what appears to be a coffee cup stain in the top right corner. This is despite repeated cleanings on my part.

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The straight black and white image I tried yesterday didn’t work well at all but I figured I’d give it another shot. This time I printed in monochrome mode on the printer instead of in colour mode. Big difference. I’d consider this a proper black and white, even if the image itself doesn’t seem to lend itself well to the aluminum process.

I’ve learned a ton about what works and what doesn’t when printing on aluminum. Now to find some more aluminum that’s higher quality. David mentioned trying an engraving supply place and that sounds like an excellent idea. A few quick Bing searches online shows that you can get 12×24” sheets of aluminum, covered in PVC to protect it until printing. That sounds like exactly what I need!