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Harman Gloss FB AI 320gsm A3 15 Sheet Pack

A beautiful baryta gloss paper - the last of the discontinued stock available!

A3 15 Sheet Box (sku: PH_HGB_646536)
We do not accept any returns or exchanges on clearance products. Please see the full product description for details of any faulty or sample stock. 
$30.00
Harman Gloss FB AI 320gsm A3 15 Sheet Pack Master Image
Harman Gloss FB AI 320gsm A3 15 Sheet Pack Master Image

Description

This paper was a terribly sad loss to the inkjet printing world when it was discontinued.  Harman (the original/parent company of Ilford, and still the makers of Ilford Photo products to this day) - were on to a real winner here.  To this day, despite many attempts, I don't think any other gloss fibre based inkjet paper has beaten this one - it just hit the nail absolutely on the head.  It is absolutely fair to call it a Lost Classic.

Whilst a lot of papers claim to look like FB darkroom papers - this one really does - closer than any before or after I think.  When Harman stopped operations, this was the only paper people really missed, and to this day (years and years later) we still get regular enquiries about it.  This is the very last stock we're ever going to see and we only found it by sheer fluke. 

Absolutely no other fibre gloss paper is as good at a price like this - not even close!  Remember you can split A3 to A4 simply by cutting it in half, to.

Please note: At time of writing we have just 40 x A3 15 sheet packs remaining.  Usually $94, now only $30!!

As usual, we can not accept any returns or exchanges on clearance products.

An instant dry photo paper with an Alumina coating ensuring a high degree of glossiness, optical image density and vibrancy.

The Baryta layer gives the prints greater detail and definition and the look and feel of real photographic paper. The specially developed anti-curl system ensures the prints remain flat after printing.

  • For use with pigment or dye inks
  • Excellent archival qualities
  • Enhanced shadow and highlight detail
  • Real photo fibre base look and feel
Construction - Fibre Based

Construction

Fibre Based

Substrate - Alpha Cellulose

Substrate

Alpha Cellulose

Paper Weight - 320 gsm

Paper Weight

320 gsm

Surface Texture - Gloss

Surface Texture

Gloss

White Tone - White

White Tone

White

Optical Brighteners? - Yes

Optical Brighteners?

Specifications

Please note: Specifications are provided as a guide only.

We try very hard to keep these up to date and correct, but if a particular specification is really critical to you, then please double check the specification directly with the manufacturer. Some features may of course have caveats not fully described here.

To get more information about a particular specification, use the arrow to get a 'Specxplanation'.

  • Construction
    Fibre Based

    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.

  • Substrate
    Alpha Cellulose

    What is the paper base made from?

    Possibilities include:

    • Wood Pulp - the most common and cheapest
    • Alpha Cellulose - the best part of wood pulp, separated. Generally tested as archival as cotton etc
    • Cotton - the most common fine art paper fibre
    • Bamboo - an ecologically friendly alternative to cotton
    • Mulberry & more - many other plant fibres can be used to make archival paper
  • Paper Weight
    320 gsm

    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.

  • Surface Texture
    Gloss

    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!

    • Matte - smooth and texture
    • Gloss - semi, gloss, and high gloss
    • Double Sided - special case papers that are printable to full quality on both sides.
  • White Tone
    White

    What is the white tone of the paper?

    • Cool White - a paper with a distinctly cool (blue) tone
    • Bright White - A paper that is brighter than non brightened papers, but not overly cool
    • White - a natural clean white tone for an art paper - most Photo Rag papers fall here
    • Warm - a distinctly warmer, creamier paper
    • Pearlescent - a distinct warm grey tone (generally found only with metallic papers)
  • Coating
    Microporous

    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.

  • Compatible Inks
    Pigment Inks (use photo black)
    Dye Based Inks

    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?

  • Optical Brighteners?

    Does the paper contain chemicals in it to brighten its appearance?

    More on this here.

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