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cdeeming Avatar
cdeeming Plus
12 144 England
25 Sep 2020 3:27PM
Is there a different type/make of printer paper that is better for printing black and white? I use a Canon inkjet.
dark_lord Avatar
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
25 Sep 2020 9:28PM
I take it you're dissatisfied with your results. It would be helpful to know a bit more.
Different to what paper?
What paper are you using at the moment?
Which printer?
OEM or third party inks?
Thee will have an effect on results.

I take it you are using the correct profiles for your paper and ink combination.
If your printer has grey inks in addition to black you'll get better results.

Many papers are suitable, and there's such a wide range of finishes and textures, so much is personal choice..
Many manufacturers have profiles to download for their papers and different printers.
cdeeming Avatar
cdeeming Plus
12 144 England
26 Sep 2020 8:15AM
I print using matt paper, but was really just looking to see if there were any specialist papers that people thought would offer more for black and white.
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Philh04 18 2.3k United Kingdom
26 Sep 2020 9:04AM
It is very difficult to give advice when you are not telling us a lot... Matt paper has a low D-max, meaning the depth of black will not be good. What are you trying to achieve?
My own favourite for monochrome is a baryta coated paper which results in a look very similar to traditional darkroom prints.
dark_lord Avatar
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
26 Sep 2020 10:19PM
A number of manufacturers produce Test Packs containing a selection of their papers.
You could try Permajet and Olmec for starters.
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seahawk 16 1.4k United Kingdom
27 Sep 2020 10:32AM
I use papers from Paper Spectrum , usually the Premium Lustre for both colour and mono using a Canon Pixma Pro 100. They will do a free ICC profile for you and I get great results from mine. Their papers are excellent and cheaper than the big brands like Olmec etc.
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justin c 19 5.2k 36 England
28 Sep 2020 1:01PM
As already mentioned, I would pick up a couple of sample packs with a mixture of surfaces and try them out. It's hard to give an exact answer as it's a very personal choice. Some people prefer matt surfaces and some prefer non-matt. It also depends on the image.
cdeeming Avatar
cdeeming Plus
12 144 England
28 Oct 2020 2:18PM
Thank you all for your comments, apologies for the delay in writing, I have limited time at the moment to get online. I don't usually print photos, so the original question was only a general one. I was unaware of sample packs, so will try that route.


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