How to choose the right Paper for your Prints

Paper types, Paper weights, Paper thicknesses and different finishes! It can be a bit confusing...

Paper Types

There are a stack of different paper types to choose from. Everything from the super high gloss Metallic Pearl papers to the full 100% cotton Matte Papers. So what do you choose? What is best for your images? 

Consider this...

Firstly, how is your image going to be displayed when it's completed? Is it going to be framed, put in a matte board, hung or displayed some other way.

Once you know how you're going to display your image it will make the choice of paper a little easier.

Paper Handling

Generally most (not all) but most paper prints are framed behind glass. Some papers are very easy to handle and transport and are more resilient to being handled. For example the Metallic Pearl Paper is very easy to mark/scratch or get creases in it. The 100% cotton papers must be handled with extreme care as they can scuff very easily, but then other papers like the Canson Lustre, our Silk Lustre, the Ilford Fine-Art Textured are ALOT more resilient to handling. These are things that you avoid having to spend money getting reprints :) 

What is the best paper for Landscape shots?

If your shot has vivid, punchy saturated colours in it you might want to consider something like the Metallic Pearl paper to really bring those colours out and get them to pop! If your shot is less on the high saturation side and more natural then certainly consider some of the Cotton papers like the Canson RAG Photographique 310gsm paper or the Ilford Fine-Art Textured Paper.

What is the best paper for Portrait shots?

Depending on your budget. If you just want a great quality very affordable paper consider our Silk/Lustre 260gsm Lustre paper. If you want a slightly heavier Lustre paper go with the Canson Lustre 310gsm paper. 

For that extra special shot that you may want to blow up bigger the Ilford Fine-Art Texture is a great matte paper with a fine texture with excellent colour reproduction. We have found this paper is very popular for this kind of shot and is especially affordable.

What is the best paper for Wedding shots?

Depending on your budget similar to Portrait shots above. If you just want a great quality very affordable paper consider our Silk/Lustre 260gsm Lustre paper. If you want a slightly heavier Lustre paper go with the Canson Lustre 310gsm paper. 

For that extra special shot that you may want to blow up bigger the Ilford Fine-Art Texture is a great matte paper with a fine texture with excellent colour reproduction. We have found this paper is very popular for this kind of shot and is especially affordable. For the next level up we would recommend going with the Canson RAG Photographique 310gsm Fine-Art Paper. This is the highest grade paper, very smooth surface, matte finish with incredible colour output :) 

What is the best paper for Baby shots?

Depending on your budget. If you just want a great quality very affordable paper consider our Silk/Lustre 260gsm Lustre paper. If you want a slightly heavier Lustre paper go with the Canson Lustre 310gsm paper. 

For that extra special shot that you may want to blow up bigger the Ilford Fine-Art Texture is a great matte paper with a fine texture with excellent colour reproduction. We have found this paper is very popular for this kind of shot and is especially affordable.


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