Hi, I just purchased an Epson r1800! Wow it prints beautifully ( at least on the provided Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper). My question to those of you who have been printing is "What is your favorite paper and why?" I want to get paper but need some advice as to which paper to buy/try. I am printing mostly portraits and flowers. Thank you in advance for your input!
I currently use an Epson R800 for proofing and an Epson P4000 for 16 X 20 and up (Panoramas). I like Epson's Premium Luster and use it a lot. With calibrated/profiled monitors and papers I can usually print 16 X 20s the first time. I also use a new paper available here in Arizona called "Lost Dutchman Platinum Photo Luster" that is similar to Epson's Premium Luster and is also an excellent paper. Lost Dutchman also offers a "Platinum Photo High Gloss" that I use also. Lost Dutchman can be reached at (877) 705-4844. They offer a sample package containing several of their papers in 8.5 X 11.0 inches.
HBB in Phoenix, Arizona
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Thanks! I appreciate everyones input. I ordered a sample pack from Moab papers, it includes 2 sheets of each of the papers they make. I am qurious to see what a "fine art" paper looks like. I am not a fan of matte papers but am excited to see the final prints from the Moab papers. Thanks again, Jeff
I seem to change papers based upon the image I am printing and the event I am printing for. For large theater displays I use mostly Ilford Smooth Gloss. For prints I hang in my own house I tend to use Lumijet Professional Series Soft Suede (and then hang them without any glass in front of them). For really "in your face" shiny glossy displays I use Pictorico's Hi-Gloss White Film (its phenomenal, but expensive).
One recommendation I would make is to put together a "standard" 8.5x11 test print image. Then every time you try a new paper, first print your standard test image. Keep these test prints in a notebook for quick reference. Be sure to include all kinds of images in your test print (gray scale, color chart, reds, greens, blues, sandy colors, smooth gradients, etc). I include pricing information and printer setting information on the prints (especially if there are unique print requirements, like for Ilford’s Smooth Gloss paper).
Go with what you personally like. I been a printmaker doing etching and stone lithography. I used primarily handmade papers and developed a taste for rich matte paper surfaces. But too much texture doesn't appeal to me - I don't wish to pass off photos as watercolors or paintings on canvas. I like Epson's Ultrasmooth Fine Art paper, and it comes in the 17" rolls that I usually want.
The R1800 with the gloss optimizer works better than my 4000 or a variety of RC media. I usually avoid running Premium Glossy because of the differential gloss from the Ultrachrome inks. You don't have that limitation.
You might want to visit inkjetart.com. They carry many sample paper packages that let you try inexpensively before you buy.