With so much choice even in high end digital fine art ranges, it can sometimes be a daunting task to select the correct paper for the artwork or photograph you are printing; glossy, semi-gloss, satin, matte, textured, smooth, OBA or no OBA, natural or ultra white, cotton or alpha cellulose etc., etc.!
Obviously you can narrow down some of the choices, as usually you wouldn’t want to print a portrait on a very heavily textured paper, as they will look like they have bad skin! Similarly you probably wouldn’t want to re-produce a watercolour painting on a glossy paper…but dig down to the next level of glossy or a matte, textured or smooth and there is still a lot of choice. Whilst a lot of this will come down to personal preference and the look and feel of the paper, other factors such as the cost or weight of the paper may also play a part. For instance if your customer wants an economical option for an open edition print run, or you have a printer that can only feed up to a certain weight (gsm) of paper.
Luckily, there is a solution that is both helpful and cost effective: Inkjet Fine Art and Photo Sample Packs.
A sample pack contains one or two sheets of each paper in a specific inkjet fine art or photo paper range. They are usually A4 in size so can be fed through every printer type. As they contain most surfaces available from a specific range, you are free to test multiple varieties of inkjet fine art paper, without having to invest in large quantities or spend a lot of money. It is a great way to find an inkjet fine art or photo paper whether you are new to inkjet fine art printing or just looking for something different.
General tips for testing inkjet fine art and photo papers
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