Guide to Photo Papers

Photo Paper : What is it?

Photo Papers

Photo paper is designed for printing high-resolution photographs from computer printers. It has a matte backside and a glossy top that produces the same photo quality as darkroom prints. It has a special resin coating that allows it to absorb ink and retain high color and detail. It is available in standard photo sizes, usually ranging from pocket-size 4x6 to A3 and poster-size sheets.

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Types of Photo Papers

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Kinds of Photo Papers include the following:

Matte photo paper

Matte photo paper produces traditional-looking photos without any shine. It is not prone to smudging, fingerprint marking, and glare.

Soft gloss photo paper

Soft gloss photo paper provides the lowest amount of shine. It produces deep blacks, bright colors, and realistic skin tones.

Standard gloss photo paper

Standard gloss photo paper provides enough shine for photos to stand out. It is also called glossy photo paper.

High gloss photo paper

High gloss photo paper provides the highest amount of shine. It is ideal for printing photos for framing and public display.

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Choosing Photo Papers (Buying tips)

Acid-free composition: Choose acid-free photo paper to prevent your photos from yellowing or fading over time.

Thickness: Choose photo paper thick enough to be handled easily by your photo printer, as too-thick photo paper can cause paper jam and uneven printing.

Borders: Choose bordered photo paper if you want your photos to have a framed look.

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