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Rafael Navarro

Printing Paper: What to Use?

Hi. I want to know what is the best paper for printing digital images. I'm looking for something like wedding shots in matte paper. I don't like glossy prints. Thanks.

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5/7/2005 10:22:59 AM

Michael H. Cothran   The "best" paper is that which serves your needs and desires. No one else can decide that for you but YOU. You've already defined your desire for matte paper (and a good choice for weddings). Buy some small packages from major brands and experiment. I would first try those matte papers that are made by whoever made your printer.
Michael H. Cothran

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5/8/2005 7:57:31 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Pictorico. May have to buy it online.

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5/9/2005 1:06:49 AM

John P. Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
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  Every printer manufacturer recommends its own paper. While these may be OK, you're best advised to shop around.
A friend actually raves about the paper available at Staples; I've never tried it.
Adorama, Inc. offers its private label and offers sample packs for about $10. This is a really good option.
Kodak paper, especially Ultima, is good. But, you may be limited in size. At one point, they offered a legal-size glossy than enabled me to print an 8X12. I may have the last remaining 30 sheets in captivity. I love their matte finish (called Satin) when I try to make a B&W print. Check out Sam's Club for great prices.
Ilford is my paper of choice. I use the Galleria Pearl and try to stay away from high-gloss selections. Go to the Ilford Web site for descriptions of the available paper. It's available through all the major advertisers in photo magazines, Utrecht Art Supply Stores, etc.
I have a Canon S-800 printer; it's old, but I love it. Canon Photo-Pro Paper gives great results (hi-gloss) - but, to date, Canon doesn't offer a matte paper. And, I don't like Canon's standard glossy - it's too lightweight. I've used and hated HP paper; however, only HP provides a paper that you can print a picture on the "good side" and a calendar matrix (that you can write on in pencil or ball point pen) on the reverse side.
As Michael says, only you can decide the correct paper for YOU.

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5/9/2005 7:26:48 AM

Jim Zimmerman   If I am printing, say, 8x10 wedding photos for the happy couple, you can bet they are paying a bit more for them than for a $2 __-Mart print. These are lifetime memories, so I owe it to them to provide only the very best possible print. That includes longevity. Now, even though there are no industry standards for measuring print longevity, I nevertheless have to have something to pin my hopes on, and that is the Wilhelm site. So it is my personal view that if I cannot find information on the Wilhelm site that gives me some indication that the ink and paper combination will last at least as long as a photo print, will not use it. Having seen inkjet photos begin fading in just a few years, I cannot expect my customers to pay for such a print. So while there are no doubt some fine papers out there, I stick to known ink and paper combinations.


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5/10/2005 2:04:12 PM

Shirley D. Cross-Taylor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/7/2001
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  Most companies are glad to send you a sample pack that you can test. My favorite fine art paper, especially for black and white photos, is Legion Photo Matte.

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5/10/2005 7:38:12 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  always fun to experiment

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5/10/2005 8:13:33 PM

John D. Gretzinger   Actually Canon does make a matte photo paper in 4x6 8.5x11 and 13x19. I have an i9900 and have used various Canon papers and have been happy with them. I'm going to be running some Moab papers through to see how those work as I've heard good things about them as well.

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5/13/2005 9:40:01 AM

Pamela K.    I love Moab. IS there anything I can do to make my Canon i960 printer be less blue? I have gone throught lal the maitnenance requriements

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