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Rangefinder February 2016 - Selecting the Best Paper for Competition Prints

Baryta - “It is my go-to paper for black-and white images because it provides the deepest black and shadow detail. It is excellent for brilliant color and especially for low key images. Print tonality holds up well under strong competition lights because images can be printed especially “deep.”

Watercolor - “This is a textured matte paper, excellent for images that have a fine-art feel. It is well matched to full color images as well as sepia and muted color looks, especially when a painterly effect is employed in processing.”

Metallic Luster - “This is a specialized paper that can add a stunning visual dimension to the properly chosen image, especially product photos, cars, motorcycles, some wedding detail images (ring shots, etc.) some landscapes and certain types of black-and-white or monochrome images.”

Our recommended metallic luster papers: Simply Elegant Metallic Pearl,Epson Metallic Photo Paper Luster

Smooth Matte - “This paper is similar in print characteristics to the Watercolor paper above, except with a smooth surface. It is an excellent all-around paper, a very common choice for competition prints.”

Our recommended smooth matte papers: Epson Enhanced MatteHahnemuhle Photo Rag 308Canson Infinity Rag Photographique

Photo Luster - “This paper has a classic photo luster finish and tonal characteristics like the Baryta Semi-gloss (above.) It delivers brilliant, faithful colors and deep blacks under competition lighting, and it works well in an 8-ply bevel cut mat.”

Our recommended luster paper:
 Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper LusterSimply Elegant Premium Luster, Hahnemuhle Luster Photo Paper


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