Resin Coated Prints
The consistence of resin paper is thinner than that of fibre.The paper is sealed between layers of polyetherine, with the emulsion and a supercoating on top. The base is sealed between the two layers and does not actually absorb the chemicals, as a result the amount of time RC prints need to be washed is lessened. An advantage of the RC paper is that it dries quickly and flat.
Because the layer of emulsion sits on top of the polyetherine on Resin Coated paper, there is less depth to the image in comparison to fibre.
Although this is the most affordable darkroom option it can be considered the least archival.
Fiber paper has a thicker base than resin. The emulsion is able to sit in the grain of the paper; therefore, giving the image richness and more depth when compared to prints on resin coated paper.
Fiber paper is a paper base that is coated with photographic emulsion. The base is not sealed like the RC paper, this makes for a slower process with washing and drying. These beautiful, archival, exhibition quality, black & white, silver gelatin, fiber prints have superior tonal range, durability, and resistance to fading for over 200 years. All prints are finished with a Selenium bath to assure archival permanence.