Contrast Ratio Method

A means of measuring a paper's opacity by backing a paper sample with a black sheet of paper, measuring how much light is reflected back through the sample, then backing the sample with a white reflecting surface, and measuring how much light is reflected off the top of the white backing and back through the sample. The ratio of these two figures is the paper sample's contrast opacity. It is believed, however, that the diffuse opacity method is more effective than the contrast ratio method in estimating potential show through. (See Opacity and Diffuse Opacity Method.)

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