contact print

Definition: Print made for proofing or record-keeping purposes in which the original is pressed flat against the printing paper - either directly or through a transparent holding sheet - for the exposure. * This produces images the same size as the originals. * Also called contract proof. * Concept has been extended to digital equivalent in which small copies of each image file are arranged neatly in rows for proofing or record-keeping.
Handy contact
Easiest way to make contact prints is to store the film in transparent polypropylene or archival polyethylene sheets: you can press the sheets flat with a pane of glass onto the paper. Also try scanning the strips on a flat-bed scanner - the result is a set of thumbnails which are easily picked off and used.

Related Terms: enlarged contact print

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