Do you have at home or in the studio inkjet photo printer, Canon, Epson or HP? Would you like to use a premium photo papers, but hinder you their wide offer ("do not know how to choose") or limited chance of have someone to help you with selection of photo paper? We can help you with these problems - do not hesitate to contact us, we will advise you. And for initial orientation in the field of inkjet photo papers we have for you the following article. How to choose your photo paper will help you, our 7-minute article.
The market is dominated by two printer technologies, which are used for the production (printing) of photographs in both the hobby and professional sector:
For each technology, there is unique (irreplaceable) photo paper. Thermosublimation printers are primarily used for kiosk and event photo printing and every thermosublimation printer has a determined type of photo paper made for the printer model. There are three dominant players on the world’s market - producers of thermosublimation photo printers: DNP, Mitsubishi and Citizen. DNP is the only producer of photo media for all thermosublimation photo printers.
The inkjet technology prevails in both home and professional minilabs and the paper supply for inkjet media is quite wide. That’s why is the following text dealing with photo papers for inkjet photo printers. Let’s name three well-known producers of inkjet photo printers: Canon, EPSON, HP. It should be added that none of these companies is a producer of photo paper. That is why the photographer has so many options – there is a huge amount of photo papers for inkjet printers on the market.
The reaction of ink with the surface of the paper; the ink does not stay on the top and at the same time it does not fall down into the base
This layer (emulsion) is not present on common papers – that is why is the print on them unprofessional – blurred and desaturated (faded colours).
Most of home inkjet printers are made for A4 format (21 x 29.7 cm), which is the maximal printable format. The A4 is extensively used.
Sheets in classic formats such as 10 x 15 (10.2 x 15.2 cm) a 13 x 18 (12.7 x 17.8 cm) are also enjoying quite the popularity.
A3+ printers (32.9 x 48.3 cm) are increasingly popular in both hobby and professional sector. Thanks to their „exposition“ size are A3+ sheets widely required.
For inkjet minilabs and large format photo printers, there are available rolls of photo papers (from 12.7 up to 152.4 cm width).
Numbers at the end of photo paper names generally indicate the weight in units of g/m2. To illustrate: 1 m2 (sheet 1 x 1 m) paper XYZ 265 weighs 0.265 kg and then a sheet of A4 1/16, therefore 16.5 g (1 m2 consists of sixteen sheets of A4).
Quality photo paper has a grammage of 200-350 g/m2. There has to be a thinner ink-receiving layer on the lighter papers, therefore they are of poorer quality.
Read carefully the specification of your printers, there you will find out what is the maximum recommended paperweight. Restrictions are often given by the paper feeder system and it is limited usually from 270 up to 300 g / m2.
Many photo printers feature an extra feeder for rigid (FineArt) media and practically takes every photo paper.
There are five basic types of pads:barium sulphate (baryta papers)
The imitation of the canvas, inkjet canvas based on cotton and polyester, is largely famous since the
beginning of the 21st century.
Thanks to these combinations you have many possibilities of inkjet media.Examples of inkjet medias (to get to know the terminology):
Hobby photographers (and often also professional) are discovering the technology of inkjet printing through RC papers. They know them from minilabs and darkrooms, and they are affordable.
Most common are these two variants: smooth gloss and finely structured semigloss (lustre, pearl or velvet).
The minilab era distorted the terminology when the semigloss was labelled as matte. To be completely accurate we should call it a structured gloss. But let us stay with the compromise terminology RC gloss (gloss, high gloss) and RC semigloss (lustre, pearl, velvet, semigloss).
Deeply matte papers are the favourite option for portrait and FineArt photography, and thanks to the deep black colour are also suitable for black and white reproductions
RC papers are mostly used for enlargements of all photo genres.
And even after the photographer/printer takes more noble media (barites and watercolours),
into his portfolio, the RC papers represent a good option for a fashion and landscape photography.
Deeply matte paper, resembling the sturdy paper from the art classes in elementary school, will surprise
with its drawing and expression skills in relation to abstract, FineArt and portrait photography. FomeiJet
Portrait Matt is bright white, whereas the Warmtone version (preferred by starting artists) has a pleasant
warm ivory tone.
Sought-after deeply matte photo papers: whitened FomeiJet Portrait Matt 230 and „ivory“ FomeiJet Portrait Matt Warmtone 230
We firmly believe that our article helped to make the orientation through the wide offer of photo papers easier. And now start with choosing the right photo paper for you.
FOMEI photo printing specialists are ready to answer your questions.