After sending out for my prints (Adaroma, Ritz) I have decided to purchase a printer to do my own. (By the way Adaroma printed excellent getting me a third place finish in the Florida State Fair.) After hours of research I ordered the Canon Pixma 9000 mkII, after rebates $149.00 !!!!! After several prints from Adaroma I love the look of metallic paper, for certain shots and matte more than glossy.My question is can some one give me some brands for, metallic, matte, rag, canvas ...etc? I will probably use Canon premium for glossy and semi, I am just not a fan of glossy except for certain shots.
Getting printer Monday so just trying to get ready. THANKS
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#1. "RE: Need advice, on printing paper" | In response to Reply # 0esantos Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Wed 06-Jun-12 05:08 PM
The Pixma 9000 uses dye inks as opposed to pigment inks used by archival printers. Seeing as pigment inks are more popular these days make sure that the newer media such as metallic and canvas are compatible with dye based inks. I would recommend you visit a website that sells media so that you can see what is available from the different manufacturers. Try ATLEX for starters.
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#2. "RE: Need advice, on printing paper" | In response to Reply # 0kmh Nikonian since 04th May 2008Wed 06-Jun-12 07:38 PM | edited Wed 06-Jun-12 07:44 PM by kmh
I have made prints with the metalic paper from Red River with my Epson 4900 (pigment) printer and it makes very nice metalic prints. Red River says this paper can be used with any inkjet printer, so it should be OK for your dye-based printer. I haven't tried metalic papers from any other manufacturers except for Fuji Crystal Archive photographic prints, so I don't have a basis for comparison.
Red River papers are generally worth considering; they make some fine papers and their prices tend to be low. I recommend ordering their sample pack and trying them out.
However, Canon is a good choice as they make some high-quality papers and they are very cost competitive. I am using their Satin Photographic Paper (190 gsm) for rough proofing; it lacks the weight to make high-quality prints, but produces acceptable trial prints and is very inexpensive ($0.25 per 8.5x11 sheet). I find it vastly superior to the Epson Presentation paper at 102 gsm, which is essentially useless for any purpose.
#3. "RE: Need advice, on printing paper" | In response to Reply # 0barrywesthead Nikonian since 06th Nov 2006Fri 08-Jun-12 09:36 AM
Ilford make a very affordable line of papers called the Gallerie series that work quite well with the Pro9000 printers. I use the Gallerie Gloss, Gallerie Smooth Gloss (nice finish a bit glossier than semi-gloss, and Gallerie Smooth Pearl (really nice -- kind of a semi-gloss metallic).
#4. "RE: Need advice, on printing paper" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Fri 08-Jun-12 01:39 PM
I've never even seen the Canon printers, but I can say that I like Ilford's Smooth Fine Art - it's a matte paper. I prefer Epson's Velvet Fine Art for most color work on matte and Epson Hot Press Natural for B&W, but I'm also printing with Epson. And the Ilford Smooth Fine Art does make really nice output.
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#5. "RE: Need advice, on printing paper" | In response to Reply # 4fires1 Registered since 04th Oct 2011Sat 09-Jun-12 11:40 AM
Thanks to all, will take the above advice and over time try different ones. The reviews on the red river metallic look enticing as a start. As I do a lot of flowers-plants the 3-d look is stunning. Have a 20" by 30" ( from Adorama) of the flower that won 3rd at the Fair, jaw dropping.
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