Choosing a paper is a personal, artistic decision that matters. It can enhance, change, or even possibly disrupt the nature of your prints. We can help you choose a paper to enhance your artistic vision, whatever that may be. We have a wide range of high-quality papers from top manufacturers including Hahnemühle, Ilford, Moab and others. Plus, we keep them in stock so you don’t have to wait for us to get something in to make your prints.
Why does paper matter so much?
Well, we have to admit we’re paper geeks and so we could go into all kinds of philosophical and technical details. But let’s cut to the bottom line. You may already have—or want to develop—your own visual style in print. Plus every image we’re asked to print has its own strengths. So if you want something distinctive, we don’t use a cookie cutter approach for paper choices. We’ll help you match the strengths of your images to the strengths of the paper. Or, if you want to change things up and go in a contrarian direction, we can help you find a great paper that does a complete 180 with your images.
Each paper has some unique characteristics. Three key qualities to think about are the amount of:
- and gloss
These all affect your image’s printed appearance. A great paper choice can express an emotional content to complement the image. A smooth, warm, velvety paper will evoke a different feeling to the viewer than a bright, punchy, stark paper. Both papers will be appropriate for different images.
Subtlety can be important. That’s why we carry various papers that may seem very close to each other at first glance. But each is chosen because it has some important difference. Papers may have a similar texture, but different shades of white. Or papers may have a similar colour tone but vary in texture.
There are other paper qualities as well, including the degree of visual sharpness, the type of material the paper is made from, and the long term stability of the paper. If you want to know anything about a paper, just ask us. We’ll do our best to explain what makes it unique!
Paper is awesome, and choosing a paper for your images is really fun! But if this all sounds complicated and you don’t want to have to consider such a large menu of choices, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on that, too. We know which papers are most popular for different kinds of work and which ones fit different budgets. If you need us to simplify the choices for you, we can recommend some great choices for you to start out with.