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Ilford Galerie Crystal Gloss 290gsm

A smooth high gloss paper with a beautiful metallic sheen.

6 by 4in 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILCG_2002795) $23.00
5 by 7in 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILCG_2002796) $27.00
A4 25 Sheet Box (sku: PILCG_2002797) $30.00
A4 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILCG_2002798) $52.00
A4 100 Sheet Box (sku: PILCG_2002799) $96.00
A3 25 Sheet Box (sku: PILCG_2002800) $52.00
A3+ 25 Sheet Box (sku: PILCG_2002801) $67.00
A3+ 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILCG_2002802) $126.00
A2 25 Sheet Box (sku: PILCG_2002803) $126.00
A2 50 Sheet Box (sku: PILCG_2002804) $215.00
17in by 15m Roll (sku: PILCG_2002809) $215.00
24in by 15m Roll (sku: PILCG_2002810) $275.00
44in by 15m Roll (sku: PILCG_2002812) $541.00
Ilford Galerie Crystal Gloss 290gsm Master Image
Ilford Galerie Crystal Gloss 290gsm Texture
Ilford Galerie Crystal Gloss 290gsm Master Image Ilford Galerie Crystal Gloss 290gsm Image


This is Ilford's alternative to Chromajet Metallic Pearl - a warm grey (i.e. 'pearl' like), metallic high gloss paper. Papers like these bring marvellous dimensionality to your work - if you're looking for ultimate impact and three dimensional effect, this is well worth a go. As with all high gloss papers - handle carefully! These papers tend to show finger prints easily!

Ilford Say:

Ilford Galerie Crystal Gloss offers photographers and artists the ability to print images with a new level of brilliance by lending pictures a fascinating pearlescent sheen, flawless gloss and unique depth. Thanks to an excellent high resolution, prints display perfect sharpness.

The smooth high gloss, metallic pearl finish gives every image a three-dimensional look ensuring that each print truly pops and shimmers to life.

Ilford Galerie Crystal Gloss adds a dash of drama to images showing shiny fabric, metals, glass, jewellery and people, and is great for exhibition prints and editorials. Alternatively prints can be added to photo albums or portfolio work to create additional impact.

Construction - Resin Coated


Resin Coated

Substrate - Alpha Cellulose


Alpha Cellulose

Paper Weight - 290 gsm

Paper Weight

290 gsm

Surface Texture - Gloss

Surface Texture


White Tone - Pearlescent

White Tone


Optical Brighteners? - Yes

Optical Brighteners?


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
    Resin Coated

    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
    290 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

    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

    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

    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?

  • Paper Type In Driver
  • Optical Brighteners?

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

    More on this here.

  • Full Specifications

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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?
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Ilford Galerie Smooth Gloss 310gsm
A resin based, smooth gloss paper perfect for photographic printing.
N.B. Please visit the full listing for important info on some variants.
  • ConstructionResin Coated
  • Made FromWood Pulp
  • Paper Weight310gsm
  • Surface TextureGloss
  • White ToneBright White
  • Optical Brighteners?
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