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Lisamarie Busch

Matte or Glossy Paper

I want to print my photographs from my computer on to my ink jet printer but which paper should I use? Matte or glossy and why?

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7/2/2003 8:14:27 AM

doug Nelson   Use only your printer manufacturer's paper to begin. There may be some off brand that will work, but you'll burn up a lot of time and money trying to find one. The glossy is best for some subjects, while the matte is best for others. Keep a package of both handy. I use matte for old retouch portraits when I give the customer an inkjet print. I use glossy for family snapshots and some landscapes. For me, the glossy renders fine detail better.

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7/3/2003 5:53:47 AM

Lisamarie Busch   Thank you so much Doug. That was very helpful.

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7/3/2003 10:29:01 AM

Bonita A. Dubil   I use a Lexmark 5150, which is ink jet. After trying a number of brands, I have found the HP premium glossy to be the best for sharpness and color. I am sure there are others that also work well, but I have not come across any. I have not used the matte finish as yet, but the weight and quality of the hp premium is just like enlargements I have ordered in the past from photo shops. I agree with Doug about the glossy rendering fine detail.

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7/13/2003 7:45:38 PM

Lisamarie Busch   Thanks Bonnie.
I was originally going to have someone print out my pics for me so I needed to know what kind of paper to use but I don't have a cd burner to give them a cd for their computer. So now I'm looking into a printer for myself. Thanks for the advice.

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7/14/2003 2:53:58 PM

Bonita A. Dubil   Lisamaria, If you are looking at getting a photo printer, I would highly suggest the Lexmark 5150. It gives you studio like prints, and is also a scanner, and fax machine. All this for about $149 at Office Max. Sometimes they have sales, or rebates. I got mine for $20 off. I looked around before it bought it, and found out that this particular model has won a number of awards for it's performance. Good luck

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7/14/2003 4:25:13 PM

louis    Before I switched to digital, I had a complete darkroom set up in a spare bedroom that I did up to 16 x 24 inch B & W and color prints in. Now I use a Canon S900 printer and produce prints that in quality, I can't tell from those done in my darkroom. I'm soon getting the S9000 to be able to do larger prints.

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7/15/2003 7:21:17 AM

Bonita A. Dubil   If my sales go well this year, I will be looking for a printer that does large prints 11X14 and up. Do you have any suggestions? Will the Cannon S9000 do these, and if so, about how much do they go for? Thanks so much Bonnie

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7/15/2003 7:36:28 AM

louis    Bonnie, The S9000 (and S9100) will do up to 13 x 19 inch prints. Check these links:§ion=10214 and§ion=10214
The street price is lower. In fact, my S900 list for $299.00 I believe, but I got it from Best Buy as an open box item for $70.00. I also use Atlascopy bulk ink for refiling my cartriges and it works great on all the papers I use.

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7/15/2003 8:04:20 AM

Judith A. Clark   No one prints photos like epson, I have the epson 1280 (I'm going to update soon), it does 11x14 beautifuly. I personly don't like glossy for portrait work. I use Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl. It has a soft gloss, but not too bright. It is also instant dry with the epson printer. On some of my printers and paper combos (even when using the manufacter paper) my blacks would never dry. This is the combo I have come up with after alot of trial and error.

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7/15/2003 8:22:19 AM

Hank Greenfield   Hi,
There are some excelent papers out there but you have to experiment. Many manufacturers will sell you a trial pack at a good price.
There is no reason to stick with the manufacturers product if you are willing to do the work to find a better one.
Point two - if you are serious about printing color photos, get a six color printer. Epson, Canon and even HP have one.
If you are more interested in saving money, go to COSCO or any mass retail warehouse store and see what kind of cartritges are on sale. Buying them here will save you more money then you can believe and the results are all good and very much the same.
If you are really serious, there are ink systems out there that are more color true, much more long lasting and far more cost effective (when baught in quantity) then the manufacturers offer (its the old give away the printer, and Xerox does this literaly, and sell the ink for ever).
I have had really bad experiences with the cartritges that are sold over the web via EMail that just shows up everyday.

There is no short cut for doing your homework, and this is a good start.

Hank Greenfield

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7/16/2003 7:55:19 AM

Lisamarie Busch   thanks everyone for all ur help! im now insearch of a printer! :)
someday i'll ask u guys to critique my work but right now im too afraid to. lol. ive seen the work on here its beyond my wildest dream to shoot pictures like these.
thanks again for the answers

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7/17/2003 7:57:38 PM

Sharon Landers   I recently purchased a hp2200 (i think off the top of my head lol it's late)it is a fax, scanner, copier, printer. I like the prints alot. If your using a digital camera this printer is awesome! You insert your camera card and it will print out an index, on the index you can pencil in the photo, size, quanity and if you want a border around it; you then place this on the scanner and it will print out your pics! I use hp glossy or kodak paper and they both have worked well for me. Someone in an above post mentioned staples which is the route I took. First call and order their catalog and you will get a few good coupons along with free shipping. If you have apply for a rewards card you will get a few staples bucks, great for some paper. Also hp usually offers some type of rebate. I did really well this way. I must admit I still get some printed when I take alot of shots and get lazy. I am wondering how many prints you get on average out of the cartridges and the cost of paper which is cheaper??

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7/20/2003 10:11:05 PM

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