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A smooth high gloss paper with a beautiful metallic sheen.
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 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.
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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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