I print almost exclusively using semigloss paper. But I have some items that should be printed on matte paper, possibly probably without glass in the frame - think concert/festival posters. The frames, which I'll make myself, will be rustic, possibly even somewhat haphazard.
I'm currently looking at the Moab Entrada Natural 300gsm and Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Matte. My favorite source, Ilford, only seems to have such paper in roll form.
I'm open to comments on the items listed above as well as other options.
#1. "RE: Matte paper" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Fri 25-Jan-13 08:51 PM
As you surely know, paper choice is pretty personal. Having said that, my favorites are Epson Velvet Fine Art if the image is color, and Epson Hot Press Natural for B&W. I rather like Hahnamule Bamboo for B&W images, but it is so curly and thick that it's a pain in the lower posterior to actually get ink on paper.
I've gotten some nice B&W out of Velvet Fine Art too - I guess it really depends on whether or not the image looks better with textured surface or not. Most of mine haven't, hence the HPN.
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#2. "RE: Matte paper" | In response to Reply # 0esantos Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Sat 26-Jan-13 12:59 AM | edited Sat 26-Jan-13 12:33 PM by esantos
Ultra Premium Presentation Matte (formerly Enhanced Matte) is a proofing paper in my opinion. It's not a top performer and suffers from blocking and excessive dot gain. I agree with Brian Velvet Fine Art is a wonderful paper and much, much, better in every regard. The problem is the largest size cut sheet is 17x20 and it does have a texture that might not work with some imagery. The Epson Hot and Cold Press papers are also excellent.
My experience with Moab papers has been "iffy" over the years. While I have never thoroughly tested any of them I have, on several occasions, tried some sample papers. My experience is the papers are either lackluster performers or their canned ICC paper profiles are terrible. I have never gotten my hands on enough sample stock to generate my own profiles so I'll publicly have to give them the benefit of the doubt and say their profiles need work. With good profiles these papers probably shine.
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#3. "RE: Matte paper" | In response to Reply # 2
#4. "RE: Matte paper" | In response to Reply # 0
Thanks. I ordered a roll of the Cold Press Natural and a sample pack of cut sheets.
The current print is, as stated, basically a poster, almost exclusively B&W, with just a touch of blue which I may take out. Texture should work well, and I don't want it too bright, hence the CPN. I'll build a rustic frame, probably from some cedar although possibly from pallet side boards, then have my preferred frame shop hang it.
#5. "RE: Matte paper" | In response to Reply # 0
I very much like the Epson Hot Press Natural paper; I like its heavy feel, smooth finish and high Dmax. I have printed several photos with it and the results are stunning.
However, when I first tried printing on it on a color image with a dominant sepia hue, I was not happy with the color of the print when compared to one made on a bright white paper with a lot of OBAs. I even asked in a separate forum (color cast in Epson Hot Press papers printed with Epson... ) what could be wrong with manufacturer's color profile for the paper.
After many experiments, I concluded that the ICC profile was OK and that it was the yellowish tint of the paper that had altered the mood of the image. I decided to increase slightly the blue component of the image to help counter that effect and obtained a fine print.