Read our Guide to deciding which Fine Art/ Watercolor paper is best for you
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Hahnemuhle Photo Rag | Epson Ultrasmooth | Arches Infinity
Somerset Velvet | Epson Textured Fine Art
Fine Art reproduction has reached a new era with giclee printing. Original watercolors and fine art photography can be reproduced on real watercolor paper! All of our fine art papers are 100% cotton rag fibers. This assures the highest quality and archivability with each print.
We can print your large format giclee artwork on a number of fine art papers, including those listed below. If you have special media that you want printed on, you may purchase the stock and negotiate printing prices.
However, the media found on this page are usually the best paper choices for fine art reproduction.
There are four main areas you must consider when choosing a fine art paper. these are:
Fine art papers come in basically three flavors of whiteness: Bright White, Natural White, and Warm.
Bright White. Bright White means the paper has been subjected to brighteners, any one of many chemicals that will bleach the cotton fibers to appear a brighter white. This process is both beneficial and worrysome.
The benefit is a more pure white appearance. The worry shared by many in the industry is that the paper may yellow as the brighteners fade. Because the manufacturer relies on brighteners in order to make the paper white, the cotton fibers don't have to be as white to begin with, thus if the brighteners fade, the rag underneath is more yellow than Natural white stock.
Papers that are Bright White:
To some the choice between Natural White and Bright White is tough. Let's get the following straight: Bright White probably won't fade horribly, and Natural White has a subtly pleasing warmth to it, desirable in many fine art circles. So try not to judge the papers on their hang-ups (whether it will fade or whether it is not white enough), chose them based on whether you want it bright or slightly warm. The longevity concerns are included solely for your information, and if you are concerned still, give us a call and we'll be happy to discuss the options with you.
Papers that are Natural White:
We currently do not stock any warm papers
The paper that is velvet is:
The textured fine art papers are:
D-max. D-max is how deep the blacks are on that paper stock. It is a subjective measurement without a densitometer, and it is also subject to the quality of your color profiles.
However, we can generalize all the papers into two loosely-defined catagories: Great D-max and Good D-max. Color saturation seemes to go hand in hand with D-max, so we'll put them in the same catagories.
Papers with GREAT color saturation and D-max:
Papers with GOOD color saturation and D-max:
Thick Stock is anything from 225 to 325 gsm. These papers are just as good as the sheet stock, only thinner so they can be purchased in rolls. This makes them more economical to make and ship, saving you money.
Papers that are 150 to 220 gsm:
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