...what you get is just the image itself, in its purest form...
Since around 2000 when Hahnemühle released their now legendary Photo Rag paper to the market, matte smooth fine art inkjet papers have become the most popular type of fine art inkjet paper in the world (and even now Photo Rag is still the most popular version of this type of paper by far!).
Smooth matte papers offer unmatched expression for both photographic and illustrative works. There's no texture to impair detail, no specular highlights or optical flare to worry about like you get with gloss and semi-gloss papers - what you get is just the image itself, in its purest form.
This is why these papers have become so beloved over the last 15 years, and now if you visit for example the AIPP awards, you will see perhaps 80% or more of images printed on these materials.
Museo Portfolio Rag - our favourite paper of all, particularly in sheet form. Lovely flat sheets thanks to a special treatment of the rear of the paper to reduce or eliminate paper curl, and spectacular blacks give this print quality second to none. It also has a little tougher surface, and is more rigid than the other alternatives.
Hahnemühle Photo Rag - the classic, and we still print vastly more of this than any other paper in our services. A lovely smooth soft surface, natural cotton feel, great pricing and excellent availability & reliability make this the king of this market by far.
Ilford Smooth Cotton Rag - new player on the market and a great new choice. A little more organic feeling than the other two Rag papers.
Hahnemühle Bamboo - this is a highly ecologically friendly smooth matte paper with a lovely warm tone and is proving very popular. It's quite beautiful and a firm favourite here, particularly for portraiture and art reproductions of works originally made on creamier stocks.
- Jacque F -
Hi Jeremy, I wanted to say thanks again for your time this morning in discussing my new printing setup with the Epson P800, it was a joy experiencing your level of service.