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Printing on Double Sided Paper


Photographers have many different choices when it comes to printing. The choice of double-sided printing is a road less taken but can be ultimately more rewarding. On a laser printer, there is often a feature that’s called duplexing that will automatically print double sided. Most of the copy or bond papers used on laser printers don’t need to have any special coatings needed to be printed on both sides.

Inkjet printers have a little bit more of a difficult process for printing on two sides of a paper. First off, the paper must have the capabilities to print on both sides. The paper has to have an inkjet receptive coating on both sides of the paper in order for the ink to stay on the paper. Second, the paper needs to be fed through the printer twice in order to get an image on both sides.

Types of Double Sided Papers

There are a couple of ways to tell if a paper has the capabilities of being printed on both sides. Paper manufacturers will often use “Duo”, “Dual” or “C2S” in the name of the paper to express that the paper has an inkjet receptive coating on both sides. Other times, you’ll just have to read the description of the paper to see if it is double sided. Here’s a list of papers that can be printed on both sides:

-          Moab Lasal Dual Semigloss

-          Ilford Luster Duo

-          Canson Rag Photographique Duo

-          Moab Entrada Rag 190/300 Bright/Natural

-          Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Duo

-          Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-Sided

There are more double sided paper types than are what is on this list. This is just a short list of the different finishes and types that are available.

Printing on Double Sided Papers

The printing process of printing on a double sided paper is pretty straightforward. Most of the inkjet printers do not have a duplexing feature. To print on both sides, you’ll have to print on one side of the paper first, insert the paper back into the feeding trey, and then set the opposite side to print.

One thing you’ll want to note is how the paper is traveling through the printer and the way the image is coming out on the paper. You’re going to need to put the same leading edge into the printer as you did on the original side. This will ensure that your images will match up from one side to another. Finally, it would be beneficial if you let your print dry for fifteen minutes before feeding the paper back into the printer. This will prevent from and smudging that can happen from the printer rollers.


The most common place for double sided paper to be used is in book making. Many photographers will put their collections of photos into books. Rather than only utilizing only one side of the paper, double sided paper allows you to have more images in your book using only half of the paper. Besides portfolio books, wedding albums are another common application you will see double sided papers utilized.

Greeting cards are another application that will typically require a paper to be double sided. Photographers will like there to be an image on both the outside of the card as well as the inside of the card. This will require printing on both sides of the paper to achieve this.

The paper will have to be folded in half in order to be used as a greeting card. In order to make the paper fold in half easier, paper manufacturers will publish the direction of the grain of the paper somewhere on the box. For example, Moab will put in the lot number of the paper either the initials “GS” meaning grain short, or “GL” meaning grain long. It’s easiest to folder the paper along the direction of this grain, giving you the cleanest fold line. In order to get the direction of the grain that works best for your application, feel free to contact one of our customer service reps and they would be more than happy to assist you on finding the correct pack of paper.

If you have any questions about double sided papers, contact one of our friendly customer service reps at 800-238-6050.

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