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.
Two photographic technology
On the market dominate two technologies of printers for production (printing) photographs both are used
in hobby and professional sectors:
Ink (inkjet) printers
A thermosublimation (dye-sub, D2T2) printers
For each technology, there is unique (irreplaceable) photo paper. Sublimation printers are primarily used
for kiosk and event photo printing and every sublimation printer has a determined type of photo paper
made for your printer model.
On the world market are three dominant players - producers of thermosublimation photo printers: DNP, Mitsubishi
and Citizen. Producer of photo media for all thermosublimation printers in the world market is only one:
Photo paper for inkjet printers
One of the spells of modern paper for inkjet photo is the fact that the best-known pads for decades
are used just as today, but instead of the light-sensitive layer is applied on the support surface is
the applied Ink-receiving layer.
Plain papers don't have this layer (emulsion) and that’s why is printing on them is poor quality - blurry
(smeared) and desaturated (faded colours).
Photo papers for inkjet printers - formats
Most home inkjet printers are A4 (21 x 29.7 cm), which is the maximum printable format. A4 size is actually
Great popularity is also enjoying sheets in standard photo formats: 10 x 15 (10.2 x 15.2 cm) and 13 x
18 (12.7 x 17.8 cm).
In the hobby and professional sectors are also increasingly common printers A3 + (32.9 x 48.3 cm). A3
+ sheets are in high demand, primarily for their "exhibition" size.
For inkjet minilabs and large format, printers are available in rolls of photo paper width of 12.7 to
Photo Papers for inkjet printers - grammage
Numbers at the end of photo paper names generally indicate 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. To lighter weight paper must already
be receiving the layer of ink (emulsion) impoverished, it is not so good.
Read carefully the specification of your printers, you will find out what is the maximum paper weight.
Restrictions are often given by the paper feeder system and its limited usually from 270 to 300 g
Many photo printers feature an extra feeder for rigid media, which practically takes every photo paper.
Photo papers for inkjet printers - type of pad
We recognise five basic pads
called. barite, probably best known "photo" papers
watercolours, therefore art papers
a resin-coated paper coated both sides with polyethene, which is still primarily known as a "mini-lab"
before world famous process CibaChromeTM
basic matte paper / cardboard
Since the beginning of the 21st century, they are very popular imitation of canvas, inkjet canvas based
on cotton and polyester.
Photo papers for inkjet printers - surface treatment
And combine. At the above pads are produced three basic surfaces:
and each of them are still "assigned" texture:
pearl (lustre, velvet)
Thanks to these combinations, you can choose a large number of types of inkjet photo media.
The first choice
Hobby photographers (and often even the professional) appearing technology of inkjet photo printing through
RC papers. They are intimately known them from minilabs and darkroom and they are affordable.
Minilabs era terminology twisted semi-gloss when identified as semi mat. If we were to be exact, declaring
that it is a structured gloss. But let's stay with the compromise terminology RC Gloss (gloss, high gloss)
and RC semi-gloss (lustre, pearl, velvet, semi - glossy).
the hobby sphere, it is most popular RC photo paper glossy paper
weights from 240 to 270 g / m2.
In the professional sphere, it is most desirable RC semi-gloss paper
weights from 260 to 330 g / m2.
RC papers are popular for producing prints from all genres. A majority even after the photographer-printer
accepts nobler media in their portfolio (barites and watercolours),
RC papers are still used, mainly for fashion and landscape photography.
We hope that our article has helped you in a wide range of photographic papers to orientate. And now you
can start choosing the right photo paper for you.
A representative of RC papers from a number of FOMEI is a pair (Gloss and semi-gloss 265 g / m2) Collection
Gloss 265 and Collection
Velvet 265. The numbers at the end of the name refer to the grammage in g / m2.