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An excellent matte paper for proofing purposes.
Fine Art Papers are beautiful, but expensive. Sometimes during the image development process, it is very handy to have a cheaper paper for proofing purposes.
The best we have found of these is Epson Archival Matte. This paper is in no way archival, despite its name, but it is an excellent proofing paper with a very good colour gamut, and very strong blacks.
This paper is completely matte, has a very smooth bright white surface (contains optical brighteners) and is 192gsm. Unusually, the rear side of the paper is a rather unattractive greyish white tone (but who cares - it's just a cheap proofing paper!).
We suggest printing your proofs with a custom profile made at 720 PPI, and still doing at least one final proof on your final output media before you make your final prints. When you are custom profiled for both papers, it's a very good match for better matte rag papers like Photo Rag overall, although it does contain significant optical brighteners making the whites more blue.
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Papers are constructed in two main ways:
Resin Coated papers are the modern approach. These use less fibre and replace the fibre with resin (a nice name for plastic). This means these papers are cheap, strong and robust, but tend to be less attractive to the touch and accept less ink. They tend to have a clinical appearance and it's hard to write on the back of them. They tend to be popular in the consumer and wedding/portrait markets.
Fibre Based papers are traditional papers made without plastic, using only plant fibres. These tend to accept more ink and have a more attractive appearance, and these are the papers most of our customers favour.
What is the paper base made from?
In 'gsm' - grams per square metre.
Not, technically, the same as paper thickness, but obviously correlated. The heft of the paper. European art papers are traditionally generally around the 300gsm mark. Asian papers historically tended to be lighter, 100 to 200 gsm.
Papers with a higher GSM tend to have more opacity, i.e. you see less through them.
What is the surface texture of the paper?
We divide this into six groups. We go by the appearance of the actual paper and not what the manufacturer might label the box with!
What is the white tone of the paper?
These days almost all papers are microporous coated - meaning they'll accept inks from both dye based and pigment printers well.
In years past, some papers had a swellable coating - designed to give a greater life to prints with dye based inks but this approach has fallen out of favour.
What ink type (dye and/or pigments) can you use with the paper?
Also, if using pigment inks and you have a choice, should you use the Matte Black or Photo Black ink?
Does the paper contain chemicals in it to brighten its appearance?
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