Originally started in Zurich 500 years ago, Sihl specialise in paper for large format media. The Professional inkjet paper they produce is coated with their Pro SuperDry technology which, they say, doesn't leave fingerprints or debris.
Sihl PE330 Professional studio paper Specification
- High saturation with dye and pigmented inks
- Homogeneous gloss in printed and unprinted areas
- Excellent chromatic reproduction and huge tonal range
- True colour fidelity, especially skin tones
- Outstanding black-and-white reproduction
- High D-max and perfect grey balance
- High contrast due to bright base and dense black
- Perfect shadows and fine-line detail
The 20 pack is roughly the size of a pack that holds maybe 30 sheets and this is because the paper I am testing is double sided, so each sheet is separated by a divider sheet of translucent paper. Just ensure you use the right sheets, however, the paper has a good whiteness that could rival a Hollywood smile.
Sihl PE330 Professional studio paper Print results
The printer being used was the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 and the sample image is our Agfa test file at 7020x4961ppi.
The paper will be taken through a series of tests which can be reviewed in our article here. These tests are designed to try the paper for durability as well as colour reproduction and quality.
Sihl coat their paper in Pro SuperDry which helps the inks soak into the paper quicker and ensure it is dry as quick as possible. This should mean that the smudge test will be unnecessary on this review, but the results will reveal all.
The test sheet for the colour reproduction produced a vibrant, colourful image. The font at the top of the page has no problems on the Black background, but struggles with the red background. The colours have no bleeding over and the grey tones are visible through the standard steps, but definition does start to peter out towards the edges.
The patches show a slight pattern emerging in the black due to the lines being printed at differing widths. Printing the same image on different paper showed that this is an issue with the printer so the paper cannot be berated for this. The hair lines show good separation at all sizes.
There appears to be slight bronzing on the blue and white background of the portrait sample which used to only be seen on black in the old days and whilst this is a technical imperfection, it has to be at an oblique angle to see it and it may still not annoy you.
Sihl PE330 Professional studio paper Tests
I tested the wetness of the paper whilst it was still printing and what had been printed was dry. The paper felt sticky to the touch, but not to another piece of paper. The paper also withstood the smudge test and the only thing I managed to remove was the skin off my finger.
The water test proved unsuccessful on the paper's behalf. Whilst it didn't blot or bubble, a definite change to the colour of the paper is noticeable. The same happened with the coffee test, which is understandable.
The scratch test gave a good result with no paper being scratched off, but there was difference in colour where my fingernail had been scratching.
I also printed on both sides to see if the image on the other side could be seen. Putting the paper up to a bright light like a window did show a faint outline of the image on the other side, but the paper would have to be akin to card to cut out everything completely.
The test print as a whole with the tests illustrated.
1 & 2. This close up of the water test shows the stains left behind.
3. The smudge test was a raging success with no emulsion getting rubbed off, but I got a friction burn.
4. Scratching did not take any emulsion away, but did leave a dark mark.
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Sihl PE330 Professional studio paper Verdict
The Sihl Professional is a very capable paper and stands up to quite a lot of abuse. The water and paper tests were to be expected, but I am pleased with the paper not bubbling with the water or rubbing off.
The colour results are bright, even on the Matt paper and the quick drying must be helped along by the Pro SuperDry technology that Sihl use. The double sided paper I tested has the benefit of the quick drying technology, as it's ready straight away to be printed on the reverse.
This is a decent type of paper and I would certainly feel happy using.
Sihl PE330 Professional Studio paper costs £14.08 for High Gloss and £18.79 for the double sided option reviewed here.