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Inkjet Papers

Gloss

There are really two fundamentally different types of gloss paper:

  • Fibre Based Gloss Papers - These papers are made with real paper fibre - usually cotton rag fibre. Specifically designed to mimic the traditional photographic air dried fibre based darkroom papers. The beauty of these is that they offer very classically photographic results, but for the first time the same papers can be used for black and white AND colour - something never possible with the darkroom equivalents.
  • Resin Coated Gloss Papers - Resin here is a nicer way of saying plastic. Resin coated semi-gloss papers offer a robust surface to work with (resistant to fingerprints and the like), but with the good D-Max and the large gamut typical of gloss papers. These are good, pedestrian papers for day to day printing e.g. of family photos.

High Gloss Papers

Pigment inks and very high gloss papers are traditionally not the best of friends, with some issues with gloss differential remaining even now.  It's the one area that chemistry printing can still claim to be competitive with inkjet printing.  This is because the inks sits on top of the inkjet coating, whereas with traditional photo chemistry the light sensitive layer is below the gloss.

That said, there are some good options - and whilst you may not get quite as pure a gloss as with chemistry prints,  you do get all the other inkjet benefits - like wider gamut, deeper blacks and vastly greater print longevity.

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Our Recommendations

Fibre Based Gloss Papers

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta - described by Hahnemühle as a high-gloss but more of a gloss baryta in our terms. This is a beautiful fibre based, 100% cotton rag paper perfect for archival quality prints!

Ilford Gold Fibre Gloss - a new player in 2016 and perhaps the best of all the darkroom replacement papers.  And equally at home with both colour and  black and white!

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm
A baryta gloss paper with a very fine surface texture and no optical brighteners.
  • ConstructionFibre Based
  • Made From100% Cotton
  • Paper Weight315gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneWhite
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Gloss 310gsm
A beautiful 100% cotton paper similar to the old fibre based darkroom papers with a gentle warm tone.
  • ConstructionFibre Based
  • Made From100% Cotton
  • Paper Weight310gsm
  • Surface TextureSemi Gloss
  • White ToneWhite
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info

Resin Coated Gloss Papers

Hard to go past Ilford's classic resin coated gloss paper here - one of the best selling inkjet papers in the world.  

A good alternative is Canson's PhotoGloss which is a bit cooler in tone.

Ilford Galerie Smooth Gloss 310gsm
A resin based, smooth gloss paper perfect for photographic printing.
  • ConstructionResin Coated
  • Made FromWood Pulp
  • Paper Weight310gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneBright White
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Canson Infinity PhotoGloss Premium 270gsm
Instant drying, high gloss paper that is resistant to marking, scratches and water! Offers excellent gamut and very high D-Max.
  • ConstructionResin Coated
  • Made FromAlpha Cellulose
  • Paper Weight270gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneCool White
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info

High Gloss / Metallic Papers

Chromajet Metallic Pearl - the best inkjet match for Kodak's classic Endura Metallic paper (but better than the Kodak stuff!). Very high gloss and with a unique 'pearlescent' appearance (i.e. metallic warm grey - the pearl here does not mean semi-gloss!), a very high impact paper great for landscapes and architecturals. This should be tried by everyone at least once, for the right images it is a remarkable paper.

Hahnemühle Baryta FB - Hahnemühle's glossiest paper!  It contains a fair amount of optical brighteners to give it a bright white paper tone but is great for creating strong black and white images.

Canson Infinity Photo High Gloss - Resin coated and about as high gloss as you can currently get in the inkjet world.

Chromajet Metallic Pearl 255gsm
Gorgeous, highly dimensional high gloss paper with a remarkable 'pearlescent' metallic finish
  • ConstructionResin Coated
  • Made From100% Virgin Fibre
  • Paper Weight255gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White TonePearlescent
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Hahnemühle Baryta FB 350gsm
A high gloss,fibre based baryta paper with an ultra smooth surface texture.
  • ConstructionFibre Based
  • Made FromAlpha Cellulose
  • Paper Weight350gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneBright White
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Canson Infinity Photo HighGloss Premium 315gsm
An ultra-smooth, high gloss paper that offers vivid colours and strong blacks.
  • ConstructionResin Coated
  • Made FromAlpha Cellulose
  • Paper Weight315gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneCool White
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info

Complete Range

Gloss

Canson Infinity Baryta Prestige 340gsm
New paper from Canson Infinity - a high quality, heavy weight Baryta type gloss!
  • ConstructionFibre Based
  • Made From50% Cotton 50% Alpha Cellulose
  • Paper Weight340gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneWhite
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Canson Infinity Photo HighGloss Premium 315gsm
An ultra-smooth, high gloss paper that offers vivid colours and strong blacks.
  • ConstructionResin Coated
  • Made FromAlpha Cellulose
  • Paper Weight315gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneCool White
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Canson Infinity PhotoGloss Premium 270gsm
Instant drying, high gloss paper that is resistant to marking, scratches and water! Offers excellent gamut and very high D-Max.
  • ConstructionResin Coated
  • Made FromAlpha Cellulose
  • Paper Weight270gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneCool White
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Chromajet Gloss 285gsm
A beautiful glossy paper designed specifically for a high quality photographic output!
  • ConstructionResin Coated
  • Made From100% Virgin Fibre
  • Paper Weight285gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneBright White
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Chromajet Metallic Pearl 255gsm
Gorgeous, highly dimensional high gloss paper with a remarkable 'pearlescent' metallic finish
  • ConstructionResin Coated
  • Made From100% Virgin Fibre
  • Paper Weight255gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White TonePearlescent
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Hahnemühle Baryta FB 350gsm
A high gloss,fibre based baryta paper with an ultra smooth surface texture.
  • ConstructionFibre Based
  • Made FromAlpha Cellulose
  • Paper Weight350gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneBright White
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta 325gsm
A slightly more textured darkroom alternative paper with rich, deep blacks.
  • ConstructionFibre Based
  • Made FromAlpha Cellulose
  • Paper Weight325gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneBright White
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm
A baryta gloss paper with a very fine surface texture and no optical brighteners.
  • ConstructionFibre Based
  • Made From100% Cotton
  • Paper Weight315gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneWhite
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Ilford Galerie Metallic Gloss 260gsm
Ilfords pearlescent, metallic paper - a very good rival to the popular Chromajet Metallic Pearl.
  • ConstructionResin Coated
  • Made FromWood Pulp
  • Paper Weight260gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White TonePearlescent
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Ilford Galerie Smooth Gloss 310gsm
A resin based, smooth gloss paper perfect for photographic printing.
  • ConstructionResin Coated
  • Made FromWood Pulp
  • Paper Weight310gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneBright White
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info