Inkjet Papers for Photographers and Fine Artists
A big difference between the digital and traditional darkroom is the wider variety of paper surfaces available for the digital darkroom and the probability youll find a paper that best matches your vision. Epson just released three new inkjet canvas papers from their high-end Signature Worthy paper collection. They come in three different finishes: satin, matte, and gloss.
If youre a wedding or fine arts photographer and selling prints is part of your income, the distinct canvas surface might be a perfect fit. The surface texture is like traditional painters canvas with its distinct tactile feel, and by convention, meant to be stretched, framed, and displayed without glass. All three contain elastic polymers to provide flexibility and to resist cracking when stretched. All three papers are also water resistant and made from an acid-free, lignin-free cotton-polyester blend. The white point is quite bright, especially on the Exhibition Canvas Gloss, and I was able to confirm with Epson that optical brightener agents (OBAs) are used on the papers. The issue is that OBAs deteriorate with time, resulting in a change in the appearance of the original print.
I printed using Epsons UltraChrome HDR ink set. Dye inks arent recommended. Epson says that either matte or photo black ink can be used on canvas, but that matte black ink gives a higher Dmax. Epson posted ICC profiles for all three papers on their website. All three showed a surprisingly wide color gamut, contrast, and the ability to reproduce rich colors with accuracy. Gloss and Satin worked particularly well printing black-and-white images with good tonal gradation and deep blacks. (I dont know how other manufacturers inks would work with these papers.) All three papers are available in roll widths of 13, 17, 24, 36, 44, and 60″ with limited availability of 17×22″ cut sheets.
Choosing the right paper is highly personal. These papers might change the way you see your work and serve as a welcomed addition to your paper arsenal.
Company: Epson America, Inc.
Price: Varies with stock and size
Hot: Wide color gamut; Dmax
Not: Use of OBAs