Paterson began production of developing tanks in 1950 and they were hugely popular. The company expanded their range to cover all aspects of darkroom from hardware to chemicals.
Paterson Photographic Inkjet Paper: Print results
The printer used was the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 and the sample image is our Agfa test file at 7020x4961ppi.
The paper is taken through a series of tests which can be reviewed in our article here. These tests are designed to try the paper for durability, colour reproduction and quality.
The Paterson Photographic Inkjet paper is micro-porous and is compatible with both pigment and dye based inks. The paper has an ultra white base to help produce pure white highlights, so can be more useful for monochrome work.
The colours are bright and vivid with no blending even on the smallest gaps and all the size fonts can be seen on both the black and red backgrounds.
Paterson Photographic Inkjet Paper: Tests
The drying test came out fine instantly with no dampness or smudging. The paper is a little sticky anyway, thanks to the coating but the printing wasn't responsible.
On the water test area, I spilt some water and some coffee on the area and left it for a few minutes. The coffee left a mark, but I've seen much worse from paper with a similar specification. The water has left hardly any mark at all, but I've circled them for you to check for yourself.
The scratch test let the paper down. I managed to easily take off the coated layer with a coin using reasonable pressure and it started to wear down with my fingernail before I had to stop.
The smudge test brought some ink off which can be seen just on the right edge of the brass band picture but the image is still pleasant to look at.
I left the fade test image in the window for a week and if it's going to fade in sunlight, then the good weather we've been blessed with over the last seven days will do just that.
The colours are excellent, all font sizes can be seen and there's good gradation through the tones.
Drying and sticky test were ok and the coffee stain result is one of the best I've seen. The paper scratches easily though.
Paterson Photographic Inkjet Paper: Verdict
This is some of the best paper I've used. Sure, it's a bit sticky because of the gloss coating, but I'm willing to cope with that to get this level of colour reproduction and resilience.
50 sheets will cost you about £15 and I think for the quality of paper, you can't really go wrong.
Paterson Premium Grade Photographic Inkjet Paper costs £14.99 and is available from the Paterson online shop here.