Types of Printing Papers
If you have just started doing digital photography, you might still be printing onto plain white paper
with slightly dull results. Learn about what you could be printing your images on and how different
papers can transform your photos.
Glossy paper is the most common paper for printing photos. It produces a sharp and vibrant image.
Glossy paper is also very smooth to touch.
Disadvantages include the fact it is easy to mark them with fingerprints or dust. Glossy photos are
best framed so that no dirt or fingerprints can touch the image. Glossy paper is also more reflective
and shiny which is a problem if you plan to view the image in a sunny area.
If you need your images to be as sharp as possible then you might want to think about using glossy
Glossy paper is cheaper than matte paper (on average).
Various glossy paper include:
Semi-gloss is cheaper and more affordable than glossy paper. As the name suggests, it is simply
Premium-grade is a higher quality paper and will produce the sharpest results.
Brand specific papers are produced by companies to be be used with their own printers.
The best example of a gloss laminated paper is in the form of a postcard. The main photo is on the
front, along with a gloss laminate coat applied, which makes it even shinier. The back has the texture
of plain card stock.
Laminating the paper makes the colors even more vibrant. If you plan to do any sort of advertising,
then glossy laminated paper stands out above others and should be your choice of paper.
It is possible to print an image on standard glossy paper then coat it with a ultra violet garnish before
finally drying it by exposure to UV radiation.
It makes the image extremely shiny and glossy. UV gloss can also be used on specific areas to make
them appear bolder and stand out above the rest of the design. This is often advertised as spot UV.
You can use UV gloss for business cards(often the logo stands out) or just as easily for fliers.
Because of the process involved printing at home becomes near impossible and therefore you will
need to use a printing company. The cheapest printing company I found offered to print 250 pages
of A4 for £340.
If you have always wanted your designs on a T-shirt, then iron on transfer papers is the cheapest
way for you to do it yourself. Using a standard inkjet printer you are able to print your designs and
then iron it onto your T-shirt.
The paper itself is not too expensive but you will need a high quality printer. Companies charge a
lot of money for transfers, and this will be due to their ink prices rather than the paper costs.
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