Similar But Different Papers for Your Prints

We have 4 papers that all appear very similar, some with very minor differences that are not visibly noticeable. In order of popularity these are Hahnemühle Photo Rag, Moab Entrada Rag, Sunset Cotton Etching, and the Strathmore Hot Press Smooth. Unless the papers are clearly labeled you may not be able to tell the difference. For finer art and photography printing these papers all produce stunning detailed imagery which truly show off what giclee printing has evolved into. But while all these papers produce fantastic looking prints, they are different.

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Quick Paper Advice for Photographers

Printing is generally the same thing in the age of digital prints no matter if it is artwork or photographs. It all comes down to image pixels being turned into an image which is printed on a surface, usually paper. The properties of the paper are where many photographers, especially newer ones, have questions if they want something that best shows their work. To help them choose I ask photographers to look at three main characteristics of a paper which have an effect on how their image is printed.

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