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Choosing the Right Paper

Choosing the Right Paper

When you print your images, you’ll get widely different results depending on the paper you use. Porous paper allows the ink to bleed, producing blurry results. Colored paper affects the color of your printed image, with off-white paper reducing the vividness of the image’s colors. For this reason, you’ll almost always want to use paper that is labeled bright white, coated.

There are all sorts of specialty papers, and your printer manufacturer will recommend different papers for different applications. For example, Epson recommends its Photo Quality Inkjet Paper or Photo Quality Glossy Paper for business graphics, but for photographs you want to frame, Epson’s Photo Paper, Matte Paper Heavyweight, or Premium Glossy Photo Paper is recommended. Papers differ in characteristics such as porosity, brightness, weight, and acid content (this last being particularly important for photographs that you want to last for years and years). Be sure to consult your printer manufacturer’s recommendations before choosing a paper for a particular application.


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