Two photo technologies
The market is dominated by two printer technologies, which are used for the production (printing) of photographs in both the hobby and professional sector:
inkjet photo printers
thermosublimation (dye-sub, D2T2) photo printers
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, HiTi and Citizen. DNP is the only producer of photo media for all thermosublimation photo printers.
At home and in professional minilab, inkjet technology predominates and the range of paper for inkjet photo printers is very wide.
This photo paper selection guide covers materials for inkjet photo printers specifically. 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 purpose of this text is to select the most suitable photo paper for a particular inkjet printer and photo genre.