An acid free, smooth matte paper with a slight texture and satiny sheen.
This paper reminds me of Hahnemuhle's Photo Rag Satin - unique, really, until now.
This is a matte black ink paper, but it has a subtle pearl sheen to it, particularly noticeable after printing. If you're wanting some gloss effect but don't want to switch to gloss black ink, or you're looking for a paper that looks like a traditional alternate process paper like Albumen prints, then this is a lovely new option. Very subtle, it's hard to describe but definitely worth trying.
Ilford Galerie Fine Art Smooth Pearl offers a cellulose alternative capable of delivering stunning contrast and sharpness with a large color gamut.
Although the paper is of a matte appearance and is smooth to the touch, it possesses a visible slight surface texture and a very subtle pearl sheen.
A very affordable acid-free fine art paper perfect for black and white reproductions and for any type of fine art printing.
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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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