Paper Spectrum Paper Printer Paper Review

Matt Grayson takes a look at a batch of paper from Paper Spectrum designed for the professional photographer.

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Starting life as a paper supplier to professionals seven years ago, Paper Spectrum moved into the inkjet printing market when the digital bubble began to expand. Realising that the products on offer were of some benefit to photographers, they expanded their market.

Now with multiple brands in stock as well as their own lines, Paper Spectrum appear to be a forced to be reckoned with.

Paper Spectrum Professional Printing results
The printer used was the new Epson Stylus Photo RX685 and the sample image is the Sample test template. The test is to check the paper for durability, colour reproduction and quality.

The test all papers go through can be viewed in our article here.

Paper Spectrum Professional Pinnacle Gloss 270gsm
The top line paper from Paper Spectrum feels ultra smooth and is a dazzling white. All the Pinnacle series papers are microporous with ozone and UV absorbers for extended print life.

The paper was dry by the time it had flopped to the tray. It was slightly tacky to start with and still a little tacky after 5 minutes. The image didn't smudge with the smudge test but stained badly with coffee and let the colours run with the water. The scratch test took the paper off after scratching with a 2p piece, but held its own against my fingernail.

During the fade test, the paper was left in the window for a week and looking at the scanned images full size, there is an ever so slight decrease in saturation on the shaded side of the hydrant.

Pinnacle Gloss 270gsm
The resilience test.
Pinnacle Gloss 270gsm
The fade test.

Paper Spectrum Professional Premium Satin 240gsm
As a mid weight paper, it feels well made and, like the Pinnacle paper, is a delicious white.
The paper wasn't wet when it came out of the printer, but was a little sticky to the touch. Didn't feel the same after one minute and had lost all stickiness after 5 minutes.

Coffee left a pale yellow stain and colours started to move away from the liquid, hence the purple tide mark around the coffee and water stain.

Despite the initial stickiness of the paper, it didn't smudge at all and the scratch test was a better result than the Glossy paper. Minimal removal of resin with the 2p piece and my fingernail didn't mark it either.

The whole image of the fade test looks paler, which could be down to scanning. No scans had any adjustments made, so should come out exactly the same unless the paper is faded.

Premium Satin 240gsm

The resilience test.

Premium Satin 240gsm
The fade test.

Paper Spectrum Professional Studio Matt 200gsm
The paper is a softer fibre feeling like a card to the touch and is designed for the fine art side of printing. Its whiteness is not as proud as the Pinnacle or Premium, but I put that down to the material.
Straight out of the printer, the paper was completely dry, no stickiness at all.

After thee minutes, the water had turned the paper yellow and the inks were repulsing away from it causing a deep purple line around the edge. Coffee gave a similar result to the others.

The paper did start to rub away with the scratch test but, unusually, in a reverse order from the other two papers. The 2p piece scratch test removed less than my fingernail as it scratched off the majority of colour, whilst the 2p piece hardly marked it at all.

Studio Matt 200gsm
The resilience test.
Studio Matt 200gsm
The fade test.

Paper Spectrum Professional Verdict
The paper I tested wasn't the most resilient, but the colours were bright and the paper took the ink well.

I'm disappointed with the results of the water, with the colours running out of the paper, but the stains are to be expected.

The price of the paper is excellent at 50 A4 sheets for £9.99, so if you need a lot of paper on a budget, take a look.

Paper Spectrum Professional Plus points
Great value for money
Good colour reproduction
Instant drying

Paper Spectrum Professional Minus points
Inks create a tidemark around water
Resin can scratch off





The Pinnacle range of paper starts at £9.99 for 40 A4 sheets.

The Premium range starts at £9.99 for 50 A4 sheets.

The Studio Matt paper starts at £14.99 for a pack of 100 A4 sheets.

Paper Spectrum paper can be purchased from the Paper Spectrum website here.


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