Photo Paper For Epson Pro 3880 Printer
Hello, I just purchased this printer and am wondering what may be the best type of paper for printing high quality digital photos? Epson sells Exhibition Fiber paper and Cold and hot press paper as well. Not sure how good those are.
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#1. "RE: Photo Paper For Epson Pro 3880 Printer" | In response to Reply # 0HBB Charter MemberFri 12-Jul-13 11:08 PM
Welcome to Nikonians. I hope your time with us will be rewarding.
I use Epson P3880 and P7900 printers.
I use a lot of Epson's Exhibition Fiber paper. It has a gloss surface, and an ISO brightness rating of 111. The high brightness rating provides striking whites, and images that will leap off the paper. I use it for color and black/white prints. It comes in a variety of sizes: sheets from 8.5 x 11.0 inches to 24 x 30 inches.
I did a series of 13 x 19 inch demonstration prints for an Epson dealer using several papers including the Epson Hot Press Bright and Natural, and the Cold Press Bright and Natural papers. All four of them are acid free, 100% cotton, with ISO brightness ranging from 90 to 96. All four of them are available in three sheet sizes: 8.5 x 11.0, 13 x 19, and 17 x 22 inches. Side by side with Exhibition Fiber paper, the difference is noticeable.
I also use a lot of Epson's Velvet Fine Art paper, which has an ISO brightness rating of 94 and a soft, velvety finish. The blacks in color and B/W prints using the matte black ink are deep and rich. The paper responds beautifully to wide color gamut images. This paper requires careful handling as it is not a coated stock. When handling, use borders only. I generally use soft cotton gloves when handling printer paper.
The printing profiles that came with your 3880 are excellent, and I no longer generate my own.
If you haven't already done so, I suggest you calibrate your monitor so that what you see on the screen is what you will see on the print.
Suggest finding test packages of different 8.5 x 11.0 inch papers before buying in large sizes and quantities. Print the same, unaltered image on all test papers, let them dry at least overnight, and evaluate them side by side under 5500 K indirect daylight illumination if possible. Then decide which ones to purchase in larger sizes.
Hope this helps a bit.
HBB in Phoenix, Arizona
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#4. "RE: Photo Paper For Epson Pro 3880 Printer" | In response to Reply # 1Sun 14-Jul-13 04:09 PM
Thank you so much for your welcome and for your thorough and thoughtful reply. I will take your advice and print a few samples on various types of paper and compare results. I expect the printer to arrive this week and can't wait to start using it.
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#2. "RE: Photo Paper For Epson Pro 3880 Printer" | In response to Reply # 0
Here's the link to an old thread I have started ...I can now confidently produce prints either to match or surpass the quality of the best local pro printer here in Perth, yet from time to time I come back to this thread for information.
#3. "RE: Photo Paper For Epson Pro 3880 Printer" | In response to Reply # 0
For anyone with an Epson printer and new to high quality inkjet photo printing I like to recommend using Epson papers first. Epson provides a listing and descriptions to their recommended papers for this printer. Here is the link.
Once you gain some proficiency and confidence in printing then you can expand into the many excellent papers made by other manufacturers. There are simply too many to mention here but I would recommend going to ATLEX and perusing their stock of media. Your best bet is to order sample packs so that you can try different papers on the cheap.
As Hal has mentioned I cannot stress enough the importance of calibrating and profiling your display frequently (once a month at a minimum). Take a look at the calibrating tools offered by X-Rite and DataColor.
Finally, if you like to research and read opinions I am providing a link to a recent review of Ilford Galerie Prestige papers I did for Nikonians.
Good luck and have fun!
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