The World of Inkjet Papers
Inkjet Paper Comparison, Ratings and Reviews

Arista-II

Brand/Paper Alpha Cellulose Base 100% Cotton Rag Base Thickness Weight Resin Coated Optical Brightners Brightness Double Sided Surface Texture Dye Ink Compatible Pigment Ink Compatible Characteristics Ratings Price Notes
Baryta Photo 12 mil 310 gsm Baryta Bright White Smooth Semi-Gloss E A+ $$ Notes
Why Buy?

A very smooth semi-gloss surface texture, a bright white point due to the use of barium sulfate as a natural optical brightening agent, and a buffering agent for increased archival permanence. Designed to have a similar look and feel as an air-dried, museum quality, black and white silver gelatin, fiber-base print. Features archival permanence, color gamut and D-max which meet or exceed the standard for papers in its class. Very consistent manufacturing makes this paper an excellent choice for both color and black and white printing. Value priced without sacrificing quality. Available in an expanded variety of sizes including standard photo sizes such as 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20. Plus sizes such as 17x25 (perfect for printing from a standard 35mm film or full frame digital sensor) and 24x36 inches. Similar to Canson Baryta Photographique 310 gsm, Hahnemuhle Photo Silk Baryta 310 gsm and Innova Fibaprint Baryta 310 gsm. Can be used with Epson Exhibition Fine Art media settings. Best results are obtained with pigment based inks.

Considerations

Has stiffer more mass produced feel than 100% cotton papers. Not compatible with dye ink based printers.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Duo Matte 10.4 mil 215 gsm Bright White Smooth Matte G A $ Notes
Why Buy?

A double-sided, matte finish, wood fiber paper with a premier inkjet coating which is both pigment and dye printers, making it ideal for handling high resolution printing. Dries instantly, is water-resistant, 100% acid and lignin free. A great inexpensive choice for wedding albums, portfolios and gift cards. No need to change you Epson settings.

Considerations

Contains OBAs. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
Duo-Matte Lightweight 8 mil 160 gsm Bright White Smooth Matte G B $ Notes
Why Buy?

A double-sided, matte finish, wood fiber paper with a premier inkjet coating which is both pigment and dye printers, making it ideal for handling high resolution printing. Dries instantly, is water-resistant, 100% acid and lignin free. A great inexpensive choice for wedding albums, portfolios and gift cards. Available in an expanded variety of sizes. No need to change you Epson settings. Equivalent to Epson Double Sided Matte. Similar to Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Matte only coated both sides.

Considerations

Contains OBAs. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
Fine-Art Bright White Heavy Weight 14 mil 330 gsm Bright White Smooth Matte G B $ Notes
Why Buy?

A 100% Cotton Rag Fine-Art inkjet paper with equivalent archival permanence and smooth matte surface texture as other major fine art brands on the market. A pure bright white base color combined with thick cotton rag makes this double sided paper a great choice for wedding albums, portfolios and greeting cards. Economically priced and eco-friendly, it is made from reclaimed cotton that would have been discarded in a landfill if it had not been made in to inkjet paper.

Considerations

Contains OBAs, but is a good choice when a pure white base is necessary. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
Fine-Art Bright White Medium Weight 9 mil 210 gsm Bright White Smooth Matte G B $ Notes
Why Buy?

A 100% Cotton Rag Fine-Art inkjet paper with equivalent archival permanence and smooth matte surface texture as other major fine art brands on the market. A pure bright white base color combined with thick cotton rag makes this double sided paper a great choice for wedding albums, portfolios and greeting cards. Economically priced and eco-friendly, it is made from reclaimed cotton that would have been discarded in a landfill if it had not been made in to inkjet paper.

Considerations

Contains OBAs, but is a good choice when a pure white base is necessary. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
Fine-Art Natural White Heavy Weight 14 mil 330 gsm Natural White Smooth Matte G A $ Notes
Why Buy?

A 100% Cotton Rag Fine-Art inkjet paper with equivalent archival permanence and smooth matte surface texture as other major fine art brands on the market. A pure bright white base color combined with thick cotton rag makes this double sided paper a great choice for wedding albums, portfolios and greeting cards. Economically priced and eco-friendly, it is made from reclaimed cotton that would have been discarded in a landfill if it had not been made in to inkjet paper.

Considerations

Cream base color will affect your white/bright point. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
Fine-Art Natural White Medium Weight 9 mil 210 gsm Natural White Smooth Matte G B $ Notes
Why Buy?

A 100% Cotton Rag Fine-Art inkjet paper with equivalent archival permanence and smooth matte surface texture as other major fine art brands on the market. A pure bright white base color combined with thick cotton rag makes this double sided paper a great choice for wedding albums, portfolios and greeting cards. Economically priced and eco-friendly, it is made from reclaimed cotton that would have been discarded in a landfill if it had not been made in to inkjet paper.

Considerations

Cream base color will affect your white/bright point. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
OHP Transparency Film (clear polyester film) 7 mil n/a Clear D A $$ Notes
Why Buy?

An inkjet transparency replacement for Ortho Litho type films used in historical photographic process techniques to create contact negatives. Also used to produce high quality slides when used with an overhead projector. An excellent media for perfect digital negatives.

Considerations

After printing, must dry thoroughly before use. Do not put emulsion side down on paper or other porous material to dry as humidity can affect uniform drying of all OHP films. Susceptible to fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
D = Different, Distinctive
Photograde Double Weight Matte 9 mil 180 gsm Bright White Smooth Matte G B $ Notes
Why Buy?

A single-sided, matte finish, wood fiber paper with a premier inkjet coating which is both pigment and dye printers, making it ideal for handling high resolution printing. Dries instantly, is water-resistant, 100% acid and lignin free. A great inexpensive choice for wedding albums, portfolios and gift cards. Available in an expanded variety of sizes including standard photo sizes such as 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20. No need to change you Epson settings. Equivalent to Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Matte.

Considerations

Contains OBAs. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
Photograde RC Glossy 10.4 mil 252 gsm Bright White Glossy G B $ Notes
Why Buy?

Offers excellent quality and consistency at an affordable price. A standard photographic inkjet paper designed to duplicate the look and feel of a traditional glossy (Kodak F surface) color darkroom print. Its smooth, reflective surface adds pop and saturation to photographic images. This paper is compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on the market. No need to change you Epson settings.

Considerations

Glossy papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
Photograde RC Lustre 10.4 mil 252 gsm Bright White Luster/Pearl G B $ Notes
Why Buy?

Offers excellent quality and consistency at an affordable price. A standard photographic inkjet paper designed to duplicate the look and feel of a traditional luster (Kodak E surface) color darkroom print. Its slightly textured non-reflective surface gives a look of richness and dimension. This paper is compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on the market. No need to change you Epson settings.

Considerations

Luster papers are less susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
Photograde RC Metallic Glossy 10.4 mil 252 gsm Bright White Glossy D A $$ Notes
Why Buy?

Offers the same surface, thickness and feel as Arista-II Photograde RC Glossy but with a metallic layer between paper base and emulsion, rendering truly sparkling highlights and realistic representations of metallic subject matter. It is also excellent for portrait, still life, product, fashion and sports photography or any subject that needs that extra punch! No need to change you Epson settings.

Considerations

Photograde RC Glossy has excellent quality and consistency at an affordable price. However, Glossy surface is susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
D = Different, Distinctive
Photograde RC Metallic Lustre 10.4 mil 252 gsm Bright White Luster/Pearl D G A $$ Notes
Why Buy?

Offers the same surface, thickness and feel as Arista-II Photograde RC Lustre but with a metallic layer between paper base and emulsion, rendering truly sparkling highlights and realistic representations of metallic subject matter. It is also excellent for portrait, still life, product, fashion and sports photography or any subject that needs that extra punch! No need to change you Epson settings.

Considerations

Has grayish base as compared to standard RC photograde inkjet papers. Lustre paper are less susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
D = Different, Distinctive
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
Premium Matte Canvas 21 mil 405 gsm Bright White Canvas Texture D A $$ Notes
Why Buy?

A polyester/cotton blend canvas, especially good for stretching due to its flexibility and usually presented on stretcher bars like a traditional painting. A popular media used for portrait, still life, art reproduction and pictorial photography. Various surface textures can be achieved by applying different surface coatings/varnishes such as Glossy, Satin, Matte or Oil Paint Texture.

Considerations

Must coat or varnish after a 24 hour dry time, as images on canvas media can yellow, crack and peel over time and are very susceptible to airborne contaminants.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
D = Different, Distinctive
Velvet Cold Press Bright White 50% Alpha Cellulose / 50% Cotton 16.5 mil 300 gsm Bright White Rough Textured Matte T E D A+ $$ Notes
Why Buy?

The texture and feel of a watercolor paper. Made of 50% Alpha Cellulose / 50% Cotton Rag. Excellent for when added heavy texture is desired to enhance your photos. Beautifully tailored for the needs of the inspired fine art digital printer. Value priced without sacrificing quality. Available in an expanded variety of sizes including standard photo sizes such as 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20. Plus sizes such as 17x25 (perfect for printing from a standard 35mm film or full frame digital sensor) and 24x36 inches. Similar in texture and feel to Epson Cold Press Bright. Similar in Texture to Epson Velvet Fine Art with a thicker more robust feel. Use Epson Cold Press Bright or Epson Velvet Fine Art media settings.

Considerations

Contains OBA’s. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious

Awagami

Brand/Paper Alpha Cellulose Base 100% Cotton Rag Base Thickness Weight Resin Coated Optical Brightners Brightness Double Sided Surface Texture Dye Ink Compatible Pigment Ink Compatible Characteristics Ratings Price Notes
Bamboo - 70% Bamboo 30% Recycled Washi - 170 13.79 mil 170 gsm Natural White Soft Matte T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A beautifully soft to the touch paper made of 70% bamboo fiber. The understated tonality and organic quality of this paper can bring unusual life to your images. Also coated both sides for use in books, portfolios and albums. One of the many unique and transformational paper offerings from Awagami.

Considerations

A very unusual paper for use with just the right image. Choose your image wisely. Image tones are soft and organic, not bright and loud.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Bamboo - 70% Bamboo 30% Recycled Washi - 250 19.68 mil 250 gsm Natural White Soft Matte T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A beautifully soft to the touch paper made of 70% bamboo fiber. The understated tonality and organic quality of this paper can bring unusual life to your images. Also coated both sides for use in books, portfolios and albums. One of the many unique and transformational paper offerings from Awagami.

Considerations

A very unusual paper for use with just the right image. Choose your image wisely. Image tones are soft and organic, not bright and loud.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Bizan Natural Medium (deckle edges) Cream 40% Kozo 60% Wood Pulp 18.89 mil 200 gsm Cream Soft Rough Matte T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A fully handmade sheet of paper with four deckle edges! Extraordinary look and feel with soft but rough textured natural cream colored base. Yields a very unique color pallet. Print on this paper for a totally distinctive look. Definitely a paper for very special imagery. One of the many unique and transformational paper offerings from Awagami. Ideally suited for monochrome images.

Considerations

A very unusual paper for use with just the right image. Choose your image wisely. Image tones are soft and organic, not bright and loud. Attach to a feeder sheet for easier edge to edge printing.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Bizan Natural Thick (deckle edges) 40% Kozo / 60% Wood Pulp 26.77 mil 300 gsm Cream Soft Rough Matte T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Bizan White Medium (deckle edges) 40% Kozo 60% Wood Pulp 18.89 mil 200 gsm White Soft Rough Matte T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A fully handmade sheet of paper with four deckle edges! Extraordinary look and feel with soft but rough textured natural cream colored base. Yields a very unique color pallet. Print on this paper for a totally distinctive look. Definitely a paper for very special imagery. One of the many unique and transformational paper offerings from Awagami. Ideally suited for monochrome images.

Considerations

A very unusual paper for use with just the right image. Choose your image wisely. Image tones are soft and organic, not bright and loud. Attach to a feeder sheet for easier edge to edge printing.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Bizan White Thick (deckle edges) 40% Kozo / 60% Wood Pulp 26.77 mil 300 gsm White Soft Rough Matte T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Inbe Thick White - Kozo/Manilla Hemp 9.05 mil 125 gsm White Soft Matte T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Very soft to the touch, almost magical image quality that will transform your photos into unbelievable pieces of artwork. A whiter base than Kozo Natural with an even softer quality to the touch. Being made of Kozo mulberry fibers it is quite durable and strong. One of the many unique and transformational paper offerings from Awagami.

Considerations

A very unusual paper for use with just the right image. Choose your image wisely. Image tones are soft and organic, not bright and loud.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Inbe Thin White - Kozo/Manilla Hemp 5.9 mil 70 gsm White Soft Matte T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Very soft to the touch, almost magical image quality that will transform your photos into unbelievable pieces of artwork. A whiter base than Kozo Natural with an even softer quality to the touch. Being made of Kozo mulberry fibers it is quite durable and strong. Can be backlit for an unusual presentation. The sheer quality of the paper needs to be felt to be believed. One of the many unique and transformational paper offerings from Awagami.

Considerations

A very unusual paper for use with just the right image. Choose your image wisely. Image tones are soft and organic, not bright and loud.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Kozo Natural Double Layered - Kozo 7.09 mil 90 gsm Cream Soft Matte T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A very warm and thin paper base reminiscent of antique paper. Feels very soft to the touch but being made of Kozo mulberry fibers is quite durable and strong. Can be printed as is or the top layer made of Kozo can be peeled from the wood pulp backing. Create an image on a very strong paper with the consistency of tissue paper! Can be backlit for an unusual presentation. The sheer quality of the paper needs to be felt to be believed. Originally designed for reproducing the historical legacy of Japanese scroll paintings. One of the many unique and transformational paper offerings from Awagami.

Considerations

A very unusual paper for use with just the right image. Choose your image wisely. Image tones are soft and organic, not bright and loud.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Kozo Thin Natural - Kozo 6.3 mil 70 gsm Cream Soft Matte T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A very warm and thin paper base reminiscent of antique paper. Feels very soft to the touch but being made of Kozo mulberry fibers is quite durable and strong. Can easily be backlit for an unusual presentation. The sheer quality of the paper needs to be felt to be believed. One of the many unique and transformational paper offerings from Awagami.

Considerations

The very warm base creates a distinctive color pallet. A very unusual paper for use with just the right image. Choose your image wisely. Image tones are soft and organic, not bright and loud.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Kozo Thin White - Kozo 6.3 mil 70 gsm White Soft Matte T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A very warm and thin paper base reminiscent of antique paper. Feels very soft to the touch but being made of Kozo mulberry fibers is quite durable and strong. Can easily be backlit for an unusual presentation. The sheer quality of the paper needs to be felt to be believed. One of the many unique and transformational paper offerings from Awagami.

Considerations

The very warm base creates a distinctive color pallet. A very unusual paper for use with just the right image. Choose your image wisely. Image tones are soft and organic, not bright and loud.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Premio Unryu - Kozo 13.79 mil 170 gsm Cream Irregular Kozo Pattern T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Extra thick version of this extraordinary paper. It has a soft classic look with distinctive cloud like pattern of Kozo fibers. With a traditional Japanese look, this is a paper where you can include the random texture of the paper into the composition of your photo. Think negative space! One of the many unique and transformational paper offerings from Awagami.

Considerations

A very unusual paper for use with just the right image. Choose your image wisely. Image tones are soft and organic, not bright and loud.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Shiramine Postcard - 60% Kozo 40% Hemp 19.68 mil 260 gsm White Soft Rough Matte T E D A++ $$$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A fully handmade sheet of paper with four feathered deckle edges! Each piece of paper has a slightly different but distinctive deckle. Extraordinary look and feel with soft but rough textured white base. Print on this paper for a totally distinctive look. One of the many unique and transformational paper offerings from Awagami.

Considerations

Only available in postcard size. A very unusual paper for use with just the right image. Choose your image wisely. Image tones are soft and organic, not bright and loud. Attach to a feeder sheet for easier edge to edge printing.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious

Canson

Brand/Paper Alpha Cellulose Base 100% Cotton Rag Base Thickness Weight Resin Coated Optical Brightners Brightness Double Sided Surface Texture Dye Ink Compatible Pigment Ink Compatible Characteristics Ratings Price Notes
Aquarelle Rag 240 18.0 mil 240 gsm Natural White Matte Rough Texture T E D A++ $$$$ Notes
Why Buy? -

The world’s number one mould-made watercolor paper. This genuine 100% rag, watercolor paper possesses the unique structure, surface texture and warm white tone that demanding artists expect from a traditional fine art paper. This paper complies with the highest archival standards and is extremely age resistant. Aquarelle Rag gives a unique and unrivalled character to fine art reproduction of traditional artwork and photographs. The rough surface texture can actually add sharpness to images where texture is present. Out of focus areas take on the personality of a watercolor painting.

Considerations -

The heavy texture can interfere with areas of smooth tonality. It is a great paper for just the right image, so choose your image carefully.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Aquarelle Rag 310 22.8 mil 310 gsm Natural White Matte Rough Texture T E D A++ $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

The world’s number one mould-made watercolor paper. This genuine 100% rag, watercolor paper possesses the unique structure, surface texture and warm white tone that demanding artists expect from a traditional fine art paper. This paper complies with the highest archival standards and is extremely age resistant. Aquarelle Rag gives a unique and unrivalled character to fine art reproduction of traditional artwork and photographs. The rough surface texture can actually add sharpness to images where texture is present. Out of focus areas take on the personality of a watercolor painting.

Considerations

The heavy texture can interfere with areas of smooth tonality. It is a great paper for just the right image, so choose your image carefully.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Baryta Photographique 310 12.2 mil 310 gsm Baryta Natural White Smooth Matte E A+ $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A very smooth semi-gloss surface texture, a bright white point due to the use of barium sulfate as a natural optical brightening agent, and a buffering agent for increased archival permanence. Designed to have a similar look and feel as an air-dried, museum quality, black and white silver gelatin, fiber-base print. Features archival permanence, color gamut and D-max which meet or exceed the standard for papers in its class. Very consistent manufacturing makes this paper an excellent choice for both color and black and white printing.

Considerations -

Has stiffer more mass produced feel than other papers in Canson Infinity product line. Not compatible with dye ink based printers.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
BFK Rives 310 19.8 mil 310 gsm Natural White Matte Slight Texture T E D A++ $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

The world’s number one mould-made traditional printmaking paper, with more than 500 years of history. B F K Rives has a unique pure white tone obtained without the use of OBAs and has a very specific smooth and velvety texture. It adds a sense of personality and pride to the piece. Ideal for fine art prints and photographs.

Considerations

Has a softer feel than its photo rag type paper cousin Canson Rag Photographique. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Edition Etching Rag 310 19.2 mil 310 GSM White Slight Textured Matte T E D A++ $$ Notes
Why Buy?

Slight textured matte surface, 100% cotton rag paper of historical significance. Has more texture and character than a typical Photo Rag type product but less texture than a rough watercolor paper. Excellent image quality and color gamut. Has very white base without the use of OBAs. An excellent paper for a distinctive look at an affordable price.

Considerations

Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
PhotoGloss Premium RC 10.8 mil 270 gsm Bright White Smooth Semi-Gloss G B+ $ Notes
Why Buy?

A consistent standard quality photographic inkjet paper designed to duplicate the look and feel of a traditional glossy (Kodak F surface) color darkroom print. Thicker than other brand RC products, yet it retains an affordable price. Its smooth, reflective surface adds pop and saturation to photographic images. This paper is compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on the market.

Considerations

Glossy papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
PhotoSatin Premium RC 10.1 mil 270 gsm Bright White Flat with Little Reflection E A $$ Notes
Why Buy?

A consistent standard quality photographic inkjet paper designed to duplicate the look and feel of a traditional luster (Kodak N surface) color darkroom print. Thicker than other brand RC products, yet it retains an affordable price. This very slightly textured non-reflective surface spreads photo black ink very evenly. Compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on market.

Considerations

Satin surface papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Platine Fibre Rag 310 16.9 mil 310 gsm White Slight Texture Semi-Gloss E A++ $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

This slightly textured semi-gloss surface has a white base without the use of OBAs. Features archival permanence, color gamut and D-max which meet or exceed the standard for inkjet papers…period. Very consistent in manufacturing quality and is available in roll width size up to 60 inches. Platine is a paper of historical significance and has been used by fine artists in its un-coated form for hundreds of years. (It is the preferred paper for historical platinum/palladium printing.) An excellent choice for both color and black and white printing.

Considerations

Has a softer feel than its alpha-cellulose cousin Canson Baryta. Semi-gloss papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Premium RC HighGloss 11 mil 315 gsm Bright White Smooth High Gloss E D A $$ Notes
Why Buy?

Excellent quality and consistency, ultra glossy resin coated photographic inkjet paper is heavier in weight than other brand products. Its ultra white surface is very smooth and highly reflective offering stunning colors and deep blacks. Compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on market.

Considerations

Priced higher than other Photograde RC papers but you are paying for a unique surface and thickness that many find worthy. Glossy papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
Rag Photographique 210 13.4 mil 210 gsm White Smooth Matte E A+ $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Achieves a very smooth matte surface texture and unusually bright white point for a paper that does not incorporate OBAs. Features archival permanence, color gamut and Dmax which meet or exceed the standard for inkjet papers in its class. This 100% cotton rag, modern, machine-made paper is consistent in its manufacturing quality and excellent performance.

Considerations

Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Rag Photographique 310 18.8 mil 310 gsm White Smooth Matte E A+ $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Achieves a very smooth matte surface texture and unusually bright white point for a paper that does not incorporate OBAs. Features archival permanence, color gamut and Dmax which meet or exceed the standard for inkjet papers in its class. This 100% cotton rag, modern, machine-made paper is consistent in its manufacturing quality and excellent performance.

Considerations

Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable

Epson

Brand/Paper Alpha Cellulose Base 100% Cotton Rag Base Thickness Weight Resin Coated Optical Brightners Brightness Double Sided Surface Texture Dye Ink Compatible Pigment Ink Compatible Characteristics Ratings Price Notes
Premium Photo Paper Glossy 10.4 mil 252 gsm Bright White Glossy E B- $$ Notes
Why Buy?

A standard photographic inkjet paper designed to duplicate the look and feel of a traditional glossy (Kodak F surface) color darkroom print. A very popular choice for most photographic inkjet printing with a smooth, reflective surface. Compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on the market. Glossy finish adds pop and saturation to images.

Considerations

Glossy papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Premium Presentation Matte 9 mil 167 gsm Bright White Smooth Matte G B $ Notes
Why Buy?

For those seeking a very inexpensive paper with an ultra smooth flat matte surface. Good for color and black and white photos.

Considerations

The thin base and mass produced feel make this paper a good general purpose product but not necessarily for professional photographic prints. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy 11.8 mil 305 gsm Bright White Glossy E B $$ Notes
Why Buy?

A standard photographic inkjet paper designed to duplicate the look and feel of a traditional glossy (Kodak F surface) color darkroom print. A very popular choice for most photographic inkjet printing with a smooth, reflective surface. Compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on the market. Glossy finish adds pop and saturation to images.

Considerations

Glossy papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster 10 mil 240 gsm Bright White Luster/Pearl E B- $$ Notes
Why Buy?

A standard photographic inkjet paper designed to duplicate the look and feel of a traditional luster (Kodak E surface) color darkroom print. A very popular choice for most photographic inkjet printing with a slightly textured non-reflective surface. Excellent quality and consistency. Compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on the market.

Considerations

Luster papers are less susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Ultra Premium Presentation Matte 10.3 mil 192 gsm Bright White Smooth Matte G B $ Notes
Why Buy?

A very inexpensive paper with an ultra smooth flat matte surface. Good for color and black and white photos. Slightly thicker than premium presentation matte.

Considerations

The thin base and mass produced feel make this paper a good general purpose product but not necessarily for professional photographic prints. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
Velvet Fine Art 19 mil 260 gsm Bright White Matte Slight Texture E B $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Epson's first 100% Cotton Rag, buffered, acid-free, fine-art paper with the same inkjet coating as Ultra Premium Photo Paper Matte.

Considerations

Uses OBAs and there are other more affordable fine art papers with similar characteristics available. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable

Hahnemühle

Brand/Paper Alpha Cellulose Base 100% Cotton Rag Base Thickness Weight Resin Coated Optical Brightners Brightness Double Sided Surface Texture Dye Ink Compatible Pigment Ink Compatible Characteristics Ratings Price Notes
Bamboo 290 19.7 mil 290 gsm Natural White Matte Slight Texture T E D A+ $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

The world's first digital fine art inkjet paper made from bamboo fibers. Bamboo represents spirituality, naturalness and resource-saving paper production. Particularly suitable for warm-toned color and monochrome prints, Bamboo really highlights the sensuality of images. Made of 90% bamboo and 10% cotton fiber.

Considerations

Natural base color will affect your white/bright point. It is a great paper for just the right image, so choose your image carefully. All matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Fine Art Baryta Satin 300 14.37 mil 300 gsm Baryta Natural White Smooth Semi-Gloss T E D A++ $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

The unique semi-gloss (satin) surface with slight warm (natural) base tone and a coating of baryta. Exhibits great color gamut and rich deep blacks. Available in roll width sizes up to 44 inches. Surface texture and base color differs from other "baryta" papers enough to make the grade in to the "Transformational" paper category. Paper texture and base tone are unique. Use when typical "baryta" paper base is too cool and you want a less reflective surface than typical baryta gloss.

Considerations

Gloss and semi-gloss papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
FineArt Pearl 285 15.8 mil 285 gsm Bright White Luster/Pearl E A $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A very bright-white, alpha cellulose based inkjet paper with the feel of a genuine art paper. The unique pearl surface is particularly attractive to those desiring a slight texture without the reflectivity of a high gloss paper.

Considerations

Uses moderate OBAs. Pearl surface papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
German Etching 310 19.7 mil 310 gsm Natural White Matte Rough Texture T E D A $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Heavyweight, distinctively rough textured, 100% alpha cellulose etching type paper. Warm, natural white base tone. Very popular for warm tone images with a lot of texture.

Considerations

Contains optical brighteners (OBAs) which is interesting for a paper with a warm base tone.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Photo Rag 308 18.9 mil 308 gsm White Smooth Matte E A $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

The paper that established the market standard by which all photo rag type papers are measured Characterized as a professional, modern, machine-made, white, 100% cotton rag paper with a very smooth surface texture made to archival standards. With its premium matte inkjet coating Photo Rag® meets the highest industry specifications regarding stability, density, color gamut, color graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper. Very consistent manufacturing.

Considerations

Contains low quantities of OBAs to insure base tone consistency and white point. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Photo Rag Baryta 315 18.9 mil 315 gsm Baryta White Slightly Textured Semi-Gloss E A $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Slight textured semi-gloss, 100% cotton rag paper designed to have a similar look as traditional black and white photo paper. Contains some baryta so while it technically does not have a chemical optical brightener, baryta is a natural optical brightener. A popular paper for both black and white and color inkjet reproduction.

Considerations

Base is a bit warm which is not necessarily a bad thing. Not as bright white as a typical baryta paper.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Photo Rag Bright White 310 19.7 mil 310 gsm Bright White Smooth Matte E A- $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Very smooth matte surface with very bright white 100% cotton base. Excellent for use when a high white point is desired. Also, great for high contrast images.

Considerations

Contains optical brighteners (OBAs).

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Photo Rag Pearl 320 18.9 mil 320 gsm Natural White Pearl - Lustre E A $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Smooth, uniform pearl surface on a 100% cotton natural white base. Does not contain optical brighteners.

Considerations

Very warm, but beautiful base tone.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Photo Rag Satin 310 14.7 mil 310gsm Off White Unique Satin T E D A+ $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

The unique satin surface with slight warm base with the use of some OBAs. Use for special images containing steam, fog and water. Many customers use it for art work reproduction as it exhibits a very pastel color palette with minimal reflectivity. Available in roll width sizes up to 44 inches. Different enough from other products to make the grade in to the "Transformational" paper category. Paper texture and base tone are unique.

Considerations

Listed as part of Hahnemuhle's Fine Art Glossy line of inkjet papers, actually uses matte black ink for printing. Surface texture is very unique. Not a glossy or matte. Paper has a matte quality but ink surface texture has a slight gloss look to it. Contains some optical brighteners.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Photo Rag Ultra Smooth 305 18.9 mil 305 gsm White Ultra Smooth Matte E A $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Characterized as a professional, modern, machine-made, white, 100% cotton rag paper with a very smooth surface texture. With its premium matte inkjet coating Photo Rag® meets the highest industry standards regarding stability, density, color gamut, color graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper. Very consistent manufacturing. Use when a smoother surface finish and brighter white point are desired as opposed to traditional photo rag type papers.

Considerations

Uses moderate quantities of optical brighteners to insure base tone consistency and white point. Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
William Turner 190 16.5 mil 190 gsm Natural White Matte Rough Texture T E D A++ $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

William Turner is a genuine mould-made paper with a matte watercolor texture. It is ideal for reproductions of traditional artworks and also for striking and expressive photo reproductions. The texture is very rough but somehow powdery to the touch. A very unique paper tone and surface perfect for images that include both warmth and texture. Contains no optical brighteners. Establishes very personal statement.

Considerations

The powdery texture has a tendency to scuff, rub or fleck in areas of high density. Use care in handling this product. It is a great paper for just the right image, so choose your image carefully.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
William Turner 310 24.4 mil 310 gsm Natural White Matte Rough Texture T E D A++ $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

William Turner is a genuine mould-made paper with a matte watercolor texture. It is ideal for reproductions of traditional artworks and also for striking and expressive photo reproductions. The texture is very rough but somehow powdery to the touch. A very unique paper tone and surface perfect for images that include both warmth and texture. Contains no optical brighteners. Establishes very personal statement.

Considerations

The powdery texture has a tendency to scuff, rub or fleck in areas of high density. Use care in handling this product. It is a great paper for just the right image, so choose your image carefully.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious

Ilford

Brand/Paper Alpha Cellulose Base 100% Cotton Rag Base Thickness Weight Resin Coated Optical Brightners Brightness Double Sided Surface Texture Dye Ink Compatible Pigment Ink Compatible Characteristics Ratings Price Notes
Galerie Premium Gloss 11 mil 270 gsm Bright White Glossy E B+ $$ Notes
Why Buy?

A standard photographic inkjet paper designed to duplicate the look and feel of a traditional glossy (Kodak F surface) color darkroom print. It's a very popular choice for most photographic inkjet printing with a smooth, reflective surface. Compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on the market. Glossy finish adds pop and saturation to images. High image quality is consistent with heritage and the level of innovation that has been expected from the Ilford brand.

Considerations

Glossy papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Galerie Premium Lustre 11 mil 270 gsm Bright White Luster/Pearl E B+ $$ Notes
Why Buy?

A standard photographic inkjet paper designed to duplicate the look and feel of a traditional luster (Kodak E surface) color darkroom print. It's a very popular choice for most photographic inkjet printing with a slightly textured non-reflective surface. Compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on the market. High image quality is consistent with heritage and the level of innovation that has been expected from the Ilford brand.

Considerations

Luster papers are less susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Galerie Prestige Fine Art Smooth 13 mil 220 gsm Bright White Smooth Matte E A+ $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Mould-made, bright white, double-sided, alpha-cellulose base inkjet paper perfect for use for wedding albums, postcards, calendars. The very high alpha-cellulose content gives this paper a cotton paper feel. Images on this paper can draw out sharp, crisp details. Very smooth, white surface.

Considerations

Contains optical brighteners (OBAs).

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Galerie Prestige Fine Art Textured 13 mil 220 gsm Bright White Matte Rough Texture E A+ $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Mould-made, bright white, double-sided, alpha cellulose base inkjet paper perfect for use for wedding albums, postcards, calendars. The very high alpha cellulose content gives this paper a cotton paper feel. Images on this paper can draw out sharp, crisp details. Rough textured, white surface.

Considerations

Contains optical brighteners (OBAs).

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Galerie Prestige Gold Cotton Smooth 21.5 mil 330 gsm Natural White Smooth Matte E D A++ $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Mould-made, 100% cotton rag paper without optical brighteners. Smooth (very slight textured), natural white, matte paper with an extra heavy weight feel. Exceptional sharpness and dynamic range.

Considerations

Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
Galerie Prestige Gold Cotton Textured 22.5 mil 330 gsm Natural White Matte Rough Texture E D A++ $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Mould-made, 100% cotton rag paper without optical brighteners. Rough textured, natural white, matte paper with an extra heavyweight feel. Exceptional sharpness and dynamic range for such a textured paper.

Considerations

Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
Galerie Prestige Gold Fiber Silk 12.5 mil 310 gsm Baryta Bright White Smooth Semi-Gloss Optimal E A++ $$ Notes
Why Buy?

Features an inkjet layer coated directly onto a true baryta (barium sulfate) layer and fiber base to produce images with exceptional gamut for vivid color reproduction as well as creamy whites and velvety blacks for the unique look of traditional silver halide photo paper. Creates high definition images with an extended tonal range and excellent archival properties making it a must for exhibition quality prints.

Considerations

Glossy papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Galerie Prestige Gold Mono Silk 10.5 270 gsm Bright White Smooth High Glossy E D A++ $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

The first inkjet paper specifically formulated for black and white inkjet reproduction. Special attention has been given to the white point, D-max, contrast and transition between shadows and highlights to match as closely as possible the look and feel of a fine art black and white traditional photographic paper. The paper weight and surface are definitely reminiscent of traditional photographic paper. While it is being marketed as a dedicated black and white inkjet paper, it also produces stunning color images and is a perfect partner for the already popular Ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Fiber Silk.

Considerations

Contains optical brighteners (OBAs).

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
Galerie Prestige Lustre Duo 11 mil 280 gsm Bright White Luster/Pearl D G A $$ Notes
Why Buy? -

A standard photographic inkjet paper designed to duplicate the look and feel of a traditional luster (Kodak E surface) color darkroom print on a heavier weight 280 gsm base. A very popular choice for most photographic inkjet printing with a slightly textured non-reflective surface on both sides. Compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on the market. High image quality is consistent with heritage and the level of innovation that has been expected from the Ilford brand.

Considerations -

Luster papers are less susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
D = Different, Distinctive
G = General Purpose, Common, Adequate
Galerie Prestige Smooth Gloss 12 mil 310 gsm Bright White Glossy E A $$ Notes
Why Buy?

A standard photographic inkjet paper designed to duplicate the look and feel of a traditional glossy (Kodak F surface) color darkroom print on an extra heavy weight 310 gsm base. A very popular choice for most photographic inkjet printing with a smooth, reflective surface. Compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on the market. Glossy finish adds pop and saturation to images. High image quality is consistent with heritage and the level of innovation that has been expected from the Ilford brand.

Considerations -

Costs more than other Photograde RC papers but you are paying for a unique surface and thickness that many find is worth the extra price. Glossy papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Galerie Prestige Smooth Pearl 12 mil 310 gsm Bright White Luster/Pearl E A $$ Notes
Why Buy?

A standard photographic inkjet paper designed to duplicate the look and feel of a traditional luster (Kodak E surface) color darkroom print on an extra heavy weight 310 gsm base. A very popular choice for most photographic inkjet printing with a slightly textured non-reflective surface. Compatible with most inkjet printers and ink types on the market. High image quality is consistent with heritage and the level of innovation that has been expected from the Ilford brand.

Considerations -

Luster papers are less susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Galerie Smooth High Gloss (white polyester film) 7 mil 215 gsm Bright White Smooth High Glossy Optimal E D A++ $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

An ultra glossy surface on a unique polyester white film base creating the look of a metallic media. The dimensionally stable, tear and crease resistant base is coated with a proprietary inkjet receiving layer offering a broad color gamut, instant drying and vibrant colors with real depth. Images printed on this paper have a very different look than typical RC prints with excellent "pop" factor.

Considerations -

Polyester feels strange (thin and stiff) to the touch as opposed to typical RC. Glossy papers are susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive

Innova

Brand/Paper Alpha Cellulose Base 100% Cotton Rag Base Thickness Weight Resin Coated Optical Brightners Brightness Double Sided Surface Texture Dye Ink Compatible Pigment Ink Compatible Characteristics Ratings Price Notes
Cold Press Natural Rough Textured Natural White (IFA-13) 20.5 mil 315 gsm Natural White Rough Textured Matte T, E, D A++ $$ Notes
Why Buy?

The texture and feel of a watercolor paper. Made of 100% Cotton Rag. Excellent for when added heavy texture is desired to enhance your photos. Beautifully tailored for the needs of the inspired fine art digital printer. Similar to Epson Cold Press Natural. Available in rolls up to 60 inches

Considerations

Warm textured base has a very specific look to it. Not suited to everyone’s taste. Once you try it you might be hooked though.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Fibaprint Baryta (IFA-69) 12.4 mil 310 gsm Baryta White Smooth Semi-Gloss E A $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A very smooth semi-gloss surface texture, a bright white point due to the use of barium sulfate as a natural optical brightening agent, and a buffering agent for increased archival permanence. Designed to have a similar look and feel as an air-dried, museum quality, black and white silver gelatin, fiber-base print. Features archival permanence, color gamut and D-max which meet or exceed the standard for papers in its class. Very consistent manufacturing makes this paper an excellent choice for both color and black and white printing. Similar to Canson Baryta Photographique 310 gsm, Hahnemuhle Photo Silk Baryta 310 gsm and Arista-II Baryta Photo 310 gsm.

Considerations

Has stiffer more mass produced feel than 100% cotton papers. Best results are obtained with pigment based inks.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Fibaprint Warm Cotton Gloss (IFA-45) 15.35 mil 335 gsm Warm White Glossy E A+ $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A very smooth semi-gloss surface texture, a bright white point due to the use of barium sulfate as a natural optical brightening agent, and a buffering agent for increased archival permanence. Designed to have a similar look and feel as an air-dried, museum quality, black and white silver gelatin, fiber-base print. Features archival permanence, color gamut and D-max which meet or exceed the standard for papers in its class. Very consistent manufacturing makes this paper an excellent choice for both color and black and white printing. Similar to Canson Baryta Photographique 310 gsm, Hahnemuhle Photo Silk Baryta 310 gsm and Arista-II Baryta Photo 310 gsm.

Considerations

Has stiffer more mass produced feel than 100% cotton papers. Best results are obtained with pigment based inks.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Fibaprint White Matte (IFA-39) 11.8 mil 280 gsm Bright White Smooth Matte E B $$ Notes
Why Buy?

Modeled on the traditional fibre-based material used in conventional photography. Its ultra-smooth matte surface and brilliant white color make it the perfect digital alternative. Designed for high quality fine art & photographic reproduction print applications with inkjet (giclée) technology. FibaPrint White Matte has a very large color gamut. Available in rolls up to 60 inches.

Considerations

Contains OBAs.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Fibaprint White Ultra Smooth Gloss (IFA-49) 11.2 mil 285 gsm Bright White Glossy E A $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A bright white alpha cellulose texture with a great heavy weight feel. Very smooth gloss surface very close to traditional darkroom paper. Yields digital prints with exceptional vibrance and very bright white point. Available in rolls up to 60 inches.

Considerations

Contains OBAs

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Smooth Cotton High White (IFA-14) 15.3 mil 315 gsm Bright White Smooth Matte E B $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

Has the natural characteristics of a silky ultra smooth high-white 100% Cotton art paper whilst maintaining the necessary natural aesthetics demanded by artists. The surface has a special matte coating, designed for high quality fine art & photographic reproduction and print applications with inkjet technology. Available in rolls up to 60 inches.

Considerations

Contains OBAs

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Soft Textured Natural White (IFA-12) 18.1 mil 315 gsm Natural White Soft Matte T, E, D A $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A beautiful warm tone based without being overpowering. Surface texture is a medium rough adding just the right amount of texture for the right image. Similar to Innova Soft Textured Natural White 100% Cotton but at a lower price point. Available in rolls up to 60 inches.

Considerations

Warm textured base has a very specific look to it. Not suited to everyone's taste. Slightly stiffer and feels slightly thinner than Innova Soft Textured Natural White 100% Cotton. Once you try it you might be hooked though.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
Soft Textured Natural White 100% Cotton (IFA-22) 20 mil 315 gsm Natural White Soft Matte T, E, D A++ $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A beautiful warm tone based without being overpowering. Surface texture is a medium rough adding just the right amount of texture for the right image.

Considerations

Warm base and texture has a very specific look to it. Not suited to everyone's taste. Once you try it you might be hooked though. Available in rolls up to 60 inches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious

Museo

Brand/Paper Alpha Cellulose Base 100% Cotton Rag Base Thickness Weight Resin Coated Optical Brightners Brightness Double Sided Surface Texture Dye Ink Compatible Pigment Ink Compatible Characteristics Ratings Price Notes
Museo Max 15 mil 350 gsm Natural White Matte Slight Texture E A $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A nice smooth surface with slight surface texture and a natural white base tone, similar to other photo rag type papers. This 100% cotton rag, modern, machine-made paper is an excellent performer and contains no OBAs.

Considerations

Velina surface is less susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Portfolio Rag 15 mil 300 gsm Natural White Smooth Matte E A $$$ Notes
Why Buy?

A nice smooth surface and natural white base tone, similar to other photo rag type papers. This 100% cotton rag, modern, machine-made paper is an excellent performer and contains no OBAs.

Considerations

Matte papers can have a dull appearance until placed under glass.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Silver Rag 15 mil 300 gsm Natural White Slight Texture Semi-Gloss E B $$$$ Notes
Why Buy?

One of the first papers on the market that attempted to capture the look and feel of a traditional black and white fiber based print. It uses no optical brighteners and has a warm image base tone.

Considerations

Silver Rag has had some changes in the base and this product is warmer in the base tone compared to this product in the past. Semigloss papers are less susceptible to showing fingerprints and scratches.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
Textured Rag 11.8 mil 285 gsm Natural White Textured Matte Optimal T, E, D A $$ Notes
Why Buy?

Nicely textured rough matte paper with natural base color reminiscent of old world cold press watercolor paper. Contains no optical brighteners is 100% cotton and will add depth and dimension to your digital inkjet prints. Made to archival standards and contains a flake-free coating.

Considerations

Optimized for pigment inkjet printers.

Inkjet Paper Characteristics
E = Excellent Quality, Tasteful, Respectable, Notable
D = Different, Distinctive
T = Transformational, Sublime, Exceptional, Precious
* The Freestyle Independent Rating System - All of these products have been personally tested by Mr. Eric Joseph and staff and the rating is a relative comparison of the papers on this chart of the different technical attributes, archival permanence, uniqueness and value. NO COMPENSATION was given in determining these ratings.