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best paper for A4 size prints


20 Mar 2013 2:55PM
Hi folks, just wondering what you would class as a good paper for printing A4 pics, ie Matt....Semi gloss....Gloss etc, also weight wise aswell.
oh yeh for inkjet printer (epson stylus photo R300 and epson stylus SX435W) any help advice would be greatly appreciated
thanks

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brian1208 e2
11 10.4k 12 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 3:21PM
It would help a lot if you let us know what sort of images you want to print and for what purpose as its a wide open subject otherwise with too many options
ikett 4 352 England
20 Mar 2013 3:41PM
Easiest answer, Epson printers, Epson papers, they were made for each other.
mikehit e2
5 6.8k 11 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 3:58PM
I have used Epson papers and Permajet papers on my R300 - there seems little difference in colour profile. Whether you use gloss, pearl, matte etc is all down to personal preference.
justin c 10 4.5k 36 England
20 Mar 2013 5:00PM
There is no 'best' paper as such. A lot depends on personal preference, the type of image and what you're planning to do with the final print, i.e. left loose, sell it, put it in a portfolio, frame and hang it, etc. etc.
Personally I'm not a fan of glossy papers, preferring a semi-gloss paper for general every day use, such as Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth Pearl.
Matt papers can work well also. I like using a matt paper on fairly low contrast type images that don't have an abundance of bright and saturated colours. It works well with misty scenes for instance. I also like using a matt paper if the image is to be framed to keep any reflections to a minimum.
Textured fine art papers are more expensive generally, but again, they can work very well with certain types of images. A light texture to the paper can often further enhance images with a lot of textured detail in them.

Regarding paper weight. I find the heavier weight papers feel a lot better 'in the hand' when viewing prints. It feels slightly more luxurious and gives a feeling of enhanced quality over the lighter weight papers. Certainly not a deal breaker and the papers around 250gsm are absolutely fine for every day use, but for favourite prints, then a heavier weight of 310/320 gsm is a good weight IMO and gives that extra little something to the print.

Most paper manufacturers sell sample packs of various papers to give a good idea of what each paper is capable of. It's worth trying some of those to see what appeals. I find the experimentation with various papers one of the advantages and pleasures of home printing.
EG 5 22 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 5:44PM
If you have a Costco card there own brand paper is superb and reasonably priced, I think they only do gloss but it is great
redsnappa 12 1.9k United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 5:53PM

Quote:Epson printers, Epson papers, they were made for each other.

That's what the printer manufacturer would like you to believe and you've fell for it.
It does not take too much time and effort to realise that there are many papers on the market that are far superior to the printer makers own brand.
mikehit e2
5 6.8k 11 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 6:31PM
If you buy Permajet, you can print off their test charts send it off to them and they will send to you a colour profile free of charge.
saxon_image 10 282 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 6:47PM
I don't print much at home but find 7DayShop 270gsm glossy paper works fine on an Epson R265 on normal Epson glossy settings other then resetting the gamma to 1.8 (printer driver defaults to 2.2). This paper won't give Permajet quality but is perfectly acceptable for general printing.
20 Mar 2013 7:36PM
thanks for the input and advice everybody. did forget to say its mainly portraits but i think iv learned all i need to know...thanks again
MrDennis 5 234 Wales
20 Mar 2013 11:29PM
For Portraits buy the Satin or Lustre. I find the Lustre to be better. I use Fotospeed, Epson, 7dayshop, Harman Lite Lustre and find only a suttle difference between them. Choice is personel in the end. But my Preference is for PPD photo paper Satin / Pearl 280g at 19.99 for every day use. Looks and feels and prints the same as the other expensive ones at 35 and above. Mind You, I use a different paper for my Mono Work, though all those mentioned is good.
24 Mar 2013 7:08PM
i agree with EG Costco own (Kirkland) make is great !50 A4 sheets about 15-00 it is gloss i wish they sold it in A3.

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