E-Surface Photo Paper
The options when it comes to photo paper are vast and diverse. Many photographers are surprised to find that they have much more choices than what was traditionally available to them.
Lustre (also known as Pearl, Semi-Gloss & satin) is an excellent middle ground finishing type. It is fingerprint & smudge resistant and offers a more vibrant look than matte without the reflectivity of gloss.
Also known as Lustre, Pearl, or Semi-Gloss Photo Paper, this premium-quality photo paper is a favorite of professional photographers. It has a slightly textured surface and is less reflective than Glossy paper. Lustre also provides a decent range of vibrancy, lifelike skin tones, and realistic saturation. It also handles finger prints a bit better than matte paper.
Glossy papers have the highest range of bright colors, vivid saturation and wide dynamic range of lights to darks. However, they are the most reflective and prone to showing large unflattering glare in photos when printed indoors. They are best used outdoors or with a light source behind the photo.
Matte Photo Paper is a traditional, non-reflective paper that has minimal texture and sheen, allowing you to create natural looking photos with true-to-life colors. It is the ideal choice for portrait, wedding, and school & sports photography.
A smooth paper surface that gives your images a distinctive feel. It is easy to view in all light conditions, does not attract fingerprints or dust and has a more muted look than glossy paper. This finish is a good choice when prints need to be framed as it is less likely to stick to the glass. It also has a standard Archival Value of 100 years in home display; 200 years in dark storage.
Lustre paper, also known as Pearl or Semi-Gloss, sits in the middle of the reflectivity spectrum. This print surface is loved by photographers for its vibrant true-to-life colors and beautiful skin tones, especially in portraits.
It is a popular option among Wedding, Portrait and Schools & Sports Photographers. Silk photo papers have a slight sheen, and are characterized by a subtle texture that emulates the look of linen. This type of print provides rich color reproduction, superb image stability and excellent detail resolution.
Silk paper is an excellent middle ground option that helps your colors jump off the page with a slight sheen and coating. It’s also more resistant to fingerprints and doesn’t produce a strong glare like gloss paper.
Silk is also a great option for wedding invitations, school & sports photographs, and other projects that call for more natural skin tones with warm highlights. Its texture and color are designed to dress up your project in luxury and elegance.
The only downside to using silk is that it takes a little more time to dry than matte and satin papers. However, this is not a major issue as long as you are patient. After letting the silk dry, you can then sculpt it into any shape you want to create. Alternatively, you can drape it over a mold and leave it to dry – just make sure it’s well covered with plastic wrap for safety. Once it’s dry, simply peel away the paper.
Metallic paper is a special type of resin coated print that offers a shimmering, pearlescent luster. This type of paper is best suited for landscapes and cityscapes with rich colors and dramatic contrasts. It’s also a great choice for portraits if the skin tones are highly detailed and require a glossy finish.
Because of its glimmering surface, it’s a good idea to avoid framing your metallic prints without glass, as they may smudge or scratch over time. It’s also a good idea to soft-proof your images before printing on metallic paper. This will help you to avoid over saturation and color shifts in the darker areas of your photo.
The only downside to metallic prints is that they don’t handle high ink densities well, so you may lose some fine details with heavy CMYK saturation. As always, it’s up to you to educate your clients about which finishes are right for their photos on an image-by-image basis to ensure that they get the best results possible.