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06-10-2009, 04:59 PM   #1
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Making "seamless" muslin... seamless?

So, I got my first muslin (read cloth ) backdrop with the stands today - and I have a problem. Since the backdrop has been folded in transportation, it's not really seamless - there are marks all over from it being folded. Now, am I supposed to get an iron and iron all marks out, or is it okay to leave it as is? Maybe, pick a wider aperture when shooting portrait and just blur it out?

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Sounds like you answered your own question.
The answer really varies. I leave one of mine in a ball to get somewhat evenly wrikled, therefore I do not have to sweat over an iron for two hours.
Another one, I will leave hanging as long as possible and until the last minute if I need to move it to help eliminate any wrinkles. Some will likely occur rom hangning anyway. So I don't iron it, I just let it hang.


Some people like perfectly smooth backdrops and do not have the space for aperture to "smooth" out imperfections, so sad to say, ironing is the only way to go.

Washing and hanging will work out a lot of the creases, but some will remain... and not all muslins are washable.


Of course there is always PhotoShop. :-)
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would hanging over a rail and steaming it not help?

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would hanging over a rail and steaming it not help?

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he, he, dunno. Part of the reason I don't like ironing is I know nothing about caring for fabrics. :-) Sounds like it might work.

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Steaming? What's the thing called ? So that I can look up or something...
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Try this.

SteamFast Compact Fabric Steamer - SF-435W : Target

I use a little bigger one. It works pretty good.
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Thanks for the tip JPos, just bought it!

06-10-2009, 09:21 PM   #8
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Let us know if it works.
And let me have your address, I'll send my shirts to you.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
Let us know if it works.
And let me have your address, I'll send my shirts to you.
Sure, I will.
Are the shirts any good? Might as well keep them if they are Or sell for equipment
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Sometimes you can play off the wrinkles too as long as they're not uniform. I have a few pieces I purposely crumple up and jam into a container so it's nice and extremely wrinkled when I take it out.

Just be careful with painted muslin as steaming or ironing could kill it.
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It sounds like the shipper went all out folding it or jamming it into the box, when it comes to muslin backdrops less wrinkles and or folding is always a good plan. I hope you were able to get it worked out, or more over ironed out in this case.
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Nope, I haven't just yet - too lazy to get to work
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