Paper Choices

For hundreds of years, artists have fretted over the paint, canvas, photographic emulsions and materials they use. Nothing has changed in today’s high-technology environment.

It’s a challenge to render a high-quality image in a cost-effective manner. My goal is to produce something that’s affordable, long-lasting with excellent quality.

For smaller prints, my paper of choice is generally Ilford’s Prestige Galerie Smooth Pearl paper.

Prestige Smooth Pearl 290

Ilford describes the paper this way: “GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl paper features the very latest HDR (High Dynamic Range) optically clear nanoporous coating and coupled with recent advancements in nanoporous inkjet receiving layer design, makes this the reference media for producing images with superb clarity, high sharpness and excellent colour gamut.

The high-density, resin coated heavyweight base and smooth pearl finish not only eliminate glare and fingerprints but with its natural photographic white tint, produce prints with the true look and feel of a photograph. For outstanding imaging performance, combined with the benefit of “touch dry” from the printer, this pearl surface media is the “choice of professionals”.

For medium-size prints (11×14 or thereabout) the paper of choice is Epson’s Ultra Premium Luster. Epson says: “Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy is the new standard for extraordinary images. This paper is ideal for framing and for long lasting, professional quality prints. It has an ultra smooth and bright white finish, and is Epson’s heaviest weight consumer-level glossy paper. Other advantages are its fast drying, smudge and water resistant surface.”

Larger prints go through a top-notch photo lab service. Papers of choice are Kodak’s Professional Lustre paper or Epson’s Signature Worthy’s paper.