Olmec inkjet paper wins DIMA shootout

Olmec 260gsm photo quality inkjet paper wins 10th Annual DIMA Digital Printer Shootout awards at PMA 2005

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Olmec inkjet paper wins DIMA shootout
Olmec have received another international accolade for their 260gsm heavy weight photo quality inkjet paper.

The paper, which is produced by ICI Imagedata one of Europes leading manufacturers of digital imaging media won an award for digital media in the recent DIMA Awards.

DIMA the Digital Imaging Marketing Association presented its annual Digital Printer Shoot Out at the recent PMA Exhibition in Orlando.

The Shoot Out, which is in its tenth year, presents awards in a number of categories, based on the quality of digital images produced.

Olmec 260gsm inkjet paper beat many of the other leading brands to win the
11 x 17 category.

The Olmec paper, which is available in a choice of gloss and satin finishes, has been specifically designed to offer digital photographers the look and feel of a traditional photograph, producing excellent results with all inkjet printers.

The bright white paper incorporates four coating layers for maximum image quality and stability offering instant drying, good gas fastness, non-bleed performance and water resistance.

Part of the Olmec Range
The 260gsm inkjet paper is part of an extensive range of Olmec papers, available with satin, gloss and fine art finishes in a selection of weights and formats - including cut sheets and reel formats.

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I tried the 260 gloss after speaking to a couple of reps at the Focus on imaging show this year. Used in conjunction with the right ICC profile I have got excellant results both portrait and landscape. I wont be using any other paper for the time being...

Pete 20 18.8k 97 England
I did a test of ICI paper while on Digital Photo magazine and, at that time, it was the best paper I'd used.
baxter 17 164 England
Presumably they use custom ICC profiles for each of the papers with that printer and also that they soft proof and adjust image before hitting the print button??
If not, the "Shoot out" doesn't determine the best image quality but rather the paper that does least badly on each of the printers.
Although probably more accurate, I cannot see the sponsors renaming it as the "Least badly award" or "there are worse (and better)", even if that is what it is.
Am surprised that this has been able to run for a decade.
On a more positive note, even the worse of todays papers is probably much better than the best in the inaugural year. If any of the images are still visible from then!
Just read the comments by baxter. Managed to completely denounce an award that's been around for ten years based on one (probably inaccurate) assumption. Personally,I'm going to keep a slightly more open mind and maybe give the paper a try.
baxter 17 164 England

I would be deeply indebted if you were able to point me to one paper test where the reviewers have used the specific ICC profiles to match ink and paper and conducted an objective test rather than dialling up a preset media setting.

If you are unable to do so, then I suggest that your time would be better spent understanding the colour management process rather than reading erroneous reviews and awards.

This will yield you far better improvements in your image quality than trying yet another type of paper.
Still can't beat Tetenal 290gsm spectra jet in my view !

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