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Old May 22, 2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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What is the best photo paper for ink jet printing?

I have a couple of photos I want to print at home and am curious if there is any paper better than another?

Also glossy, matte, etc.

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Old May 22, 2013, 12:03 PM   #2
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The safest course is to use the photo paper produced by the manufacturer of the photo printer you will be using. So, if you have an Epson photo printer, just buy the Epson photo paper.

Glossy vs. Matte is a judgement call. It depends on your personal preference. Personally I get most of my work printed in either Lustre (which combines the best of glossy and matte) or metalic. I don't do my own printing any more so not sure how much lustre printing is supported by personal photo printers right now.
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Usually the manufacturer's paper will work best for color rendition and longevity.
I have seen quite a lot of good comments on Red River papers also.
The differences are often pretty subtle, and in most cases the viewer will not be looking at the picture on a monitor to be able to compare the differences.
If you are hanging a photo of the Golden Gate bridge in Golden Gate Park, people may notice that there is a bit too much red in the shadow areas, but otherwise not.

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Will Blue River papers have too much blue in the shadow areas?
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As has already been mentioned, the best route to take is to simply use the paper supplied by the manufacturer of the printer.

As Brian has already mentioned Red River Paper is a supplier of very good photo paper, my personal favorites are River Linen and Arctic Polar satin.
But, in order to use these or any other maker's paper(other than the printer
manufacturer) you have to download color profiles that tell the printer the best ink density for that particular paper.

Unless you print a lot, it is not worth the bother.

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One of the things you should look at closely is the color of the paper. White isn't always white. If the paper's color is off, so will all the other colors.

Another thing to look out for is the condition of the package. Lots of times I've received a package that was slightly damaged during delivery, and every sheet has a damaged corner.
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Will Blue River papers have too much blue in the shadow areas?
Only if we're talking about blue eye shadow.

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Using the manufacturer's paper to start is sound advice, but since you're just starting out, I'd recommend something like Red River Ultra Pro Gloss - it's inexpensive and Red River has printer profiles available which seem to work very well.
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there are many good papers around and you can get profiles for them too so you can use any paper. some are quite artistic others are matte or gloss, perma jet do a good range and supply profiles.
me i send them away to be printed i think these days the cost is cheaper
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