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Which photo paper is right for you?

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Guide to choosing the right type of paper for different photo prints.

I hope you find this reading to be helpful and practical towards your future choices in selecting the proper photo paper.

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Printing photographs
Photo printing is the process of producing a final image on paper for viewing, using chemically sensitized paper then the digital image file projected using an enlarger or digital exposure unit, such as a printer. For the easiest and most certain way to get the best results most experts would recommend that the printer, ink and paper should be produced by the same manufacturer. There is a good reason behind this, as manufacturers develop these products specifically to work together and they can vary significantly between makers.

Choosing the correct paper
There are variety of sizes, finishes, textures and so forth to choose from when selecting the paper to be used. Photo paper is designed specifically for producing and preserving a more color-saturated image. Photo paper is coated with light-sensitive chemicals, used for making photo prints. There are numerous finishes available. In most instances, a glossy finish is preferred by most consumers for color photographs while a matte finish is generally the choice for black and white photos.

Different kinds of printings paper include, but are not limited to:
Gloss Paper
The extremely wide color range, ultra smooth high gloss and bright white finish, make this paper a favorite among perceptive photographers. It is highly reflective and gives the impression of greater detail and richer contrast. Also, it is instant drying, smudge and water resistant surface makes the use, handling and display of the finished product simple. This paper is ideal for long lasting, professional quality prints. Glossy photographic paper is among the most expensive but is highly recommended for most color prints to assure the best image and greatest durability. Images produced on glossy photo paper tend to make images from a digital camera look most similar to those created in a photo lab.

Semi-Gloss
This is a remarkable media that has the look and feel of a true photographic paper and is ideal for printing displays or scenic color images. It is also fingerprint-resistant.

Matte Paper
It is a kind of printing paper which features extremely low reflectivity and may look lusterless or dull. Matte paper is used to produce good quality prints, non-glare images and superior text results.

Luster Paper
Wedding, portrait and fine-art photographers have traditionally used luster paper for their photos. This instant drying paper produces vivid, lifelike images, delivers highly saturated prints and gives them a photographic feel. This paper is engineered to give you the highest resolution and color saturation possible.

Consider this
To get what you want from your printing paper, you will have to consider what you like in a print and how you intend to use your prints.

Paper Thickness
When it comes to paper thickness, paper that resembles the look and feel of traditional prints will be the best if you like to print a lot of photos and pass them around. Thick paper just feels right in your hands and will also stand up better to handling. However, if you are going to put the majority of your photos straight into an album, a thinner paper may work just as well for you.

Color Brilliance
To ensure the photo paper you purchase produces good color, you can purchase small sheaves of a short list of photo papers which you think will suit you. Next, print a series of colorful test photos on each to see which has the best color. If you can incorporate colorful photos that also have prominent straight lines and people in them, you will also be able to check the quality of sharpness and skin tones in the same test.

Resistance to Fading

Always try to check the resistance of the paper to fading. Simply take your batch of test photos and tape them to the window that gets the most sunlight throughout the day. Then, before you go in to pick up a batch of replacement paper, check to see which photos if any are showing signs of fading. Any paper that shows signs of fading in this short time frame should be avoided.



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