All About Photo Paper

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In the modern world of digital cameras, digital photo albums, and everything else digital, it's easy to forget the hassle of printing paper copies of your photos. While we used to only have to choose the type of photo paper we wanted when developing our prints, we now have a wide variety of glossy paper to choose from that can quickly become overwhelming.

Don't worry, we've put together a quick guide to some of the most popular paper types so the next time you buy photo paper, you know you made the right choice.

Basic paper

The first thing you should consider when buying photo paper is how you want your photos to look. Different manufacturers make paper specifically designed for inkjet photo printers, but differ in quality, materials, and price. No matter what brand of paper you choose, there are a few things you can pay attention to to help determine what your printout will look like.

Final paper

Photo paper is available in finishes, glossy, and matte. Although glossy and matte have some advantages and disadvantages, it really depends on personal preference.

Glossy papers are normally used in local photo shops. This paper is highly reflective & glossy and, because of its glossy surface, can take a longer time to dry than matte prints. Glossy paper usually has a printable side and an uncoated side.

Matte paper makes photos smooth and does not reflect light. Matte papers are usually thicker than glossy and dry faster, but some photographers believe they have lower contrast values. These papers often also offer a two-sided printing function.

The best way to choose between glossy and matte paper is to pick up a few packs of 25 sheets from your local photo shop and try to print both. That way you can see who you like personally because there's no real technical reason to do so.

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