14 Inkjet Printers & Papers
November 15, 2017
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000
Do you relish the thought of printing your own gallery-sized giclées? The PRO-6000, the latest member of the revamped imagePROGRAF series, is the largest 12-ink printer currently on the market. It has 11 color tanks and a Chroma Optimizer with a sub-ink tank that allows you to swap out the 330ml ink cartridges while the unit is printing. According to Canon, the new LUCIA PRO inks have improved scratch resistance and improved reproduction in dark areas of your photo. Matte and Photo Black inks have their own dedicated nozzles so you won’t have to swap tanks to switch between the two. Thanks to a multi-function roll-feeding system, the printer can switch between two different media types without the user having to manually intervene. An internal densitometer enables you to keep your printer calibrated and built-in Wi-Fi lets you connect to the printer from across the room. The imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 offers a 320GB internal hard drive so you can move print jobs off your PC and onto the printer for a more streamlined workflow. Now all you have to do is find the room and a few buddies to help you position this 368-pound behemoth in your studio.
Canson Infinity Baryta Prestige 340GSM
This heavy baryta paper has a cotton and alpha-cellulose base that’s acid free, with a smooth feel and glossy finish. It has a whiteness value of 112 and an opacity value of 99. It’s highly water resistant with instant drying. While it’s optimized for pigment inks, it’s also compatible with dye inks. It’s available in cut sheet sizes up to 17 x 22 inches and in 50-foot rolls from 24 to 50 inches wide.
PRICE: starting at $60
PermaJet FB Mono Gloss Baryta 320
Enjoy the look of darkroom prints without the vapors with PermaJet’s acid-free, fiber-based Mono Gloss Baryta. With a dMax of 2.38, the paper weighs 320gsm and has a whiteness value of 104. It has a high-gloss, smooth finish that’s water resistant with a Baryta coating. It’s compatible with dye and pigment inks. It’s available in both cut sheets and rolls up to 44 inches wide.
PRICE: starting at $16
Innova Art Edition
The six types of paper in Innova’s Art Edition Series connect you with print history. Two of the paper types—Artistico Watercolour Rag and Printmaking Rag—were produced in conjunction with Fabriano, a paper mill in Italy founded in the 13th century. These mould-made papers harken back to a time when you’d have been burned at the stake for your digital sorcery. Beyond the pair of historically minded papers, the series includes a Photo Cotton Rag, Etching Cotton Rag, Exhibition Cotton Gloss and Exhibition Photo Baryta for your printing pleasure.
PRICE: starting at $27.50
Breathing Color Allure Fine Art Metal
While many inkjet papers promise to deliver the sheen and luster of a metal print, they’re not actually metallic. Not so the Allure Fine Art Metal media from Breathing Color. It is metal. Treated to absorb aqueous inkjet ink, the panel is 0.45 inches thick and requires none of the heating or transferring that’s required of dye sublimation metal prints. The Allure media can be coated with several varnishes and laminates to achieve different looks (matte, satin, gloss, etc.). The metal media is compatible with Epson printers and is available in sheet sizes from 8 x 12-inches up to 4 x 8 feet.
PRICE: starting at $33
Epson SureColor P5000
The 17-Inch SureColor P5000 replaces the Stylus Pro 4900 and uses Epson’s 200mL UltraChrome HDX ten-color pigment ink set. Epson improved the dust and static control on the printer to reduce maintenance (fewer clogged nozzles, etc.). The UltraChrome HDX ink has new orange and green inks, and its black inks are 1.5x denser than the prior generation, to provide a wider contrast ratio. Epson says the inks deliver twice the print permanence performance of the prior formulation. The P5000’s resin encapsulation technology has also been improved, which Epson says results in better gloss uniformity and sharper images. The P5000 delivers variable droplet sizes as small as 3.5 picoliters and features a 2.7-inch LCD panel for accessing printer settings.
The printer has a free Print Layout utility, which will work with any model in the SureColor series. Epson’s Print Layout software essentially aggregates print driver functions into a single, easy-to-navigate window. Using the software, you can create photo layouts, and manage color with support for ICC profiles and color modes available in the Epson print driver. You can apply customized frames and borders for gallery-wrap prints, too. The software supports a live print preview when using the software’s Advanced Black and White Mode. You’ll have the ability to make more accurate edits to your monochrome images (non-destructively) with real-time previews of your changes. You’ll have preset black-and-white settings (warm, cool, etc.) with slider-based controls to fine-tune your selections. Print Layout is available as a plug-in for Photoshop or as a standalone app for Windows and Mac. Unlike with traditional plugins, however, once an image is transferred from Photoshop to Epson Print Layout, you’ll be able to return to Photoshop to edit additional images.
Red River Paper Palo Duro Etching
This natural white paper is made from 100-percent cotton rag and is acid-, OBA- and lignin-free. A barrier coating between the paper and inkjet receiving layer prevents ink from seeping into the paper base, allowing the Duro Etching paper to offer deeper blacks than those typically found on a matte paper, according to Red River. The paper weighs 315gsm and is 21 mils thick. It has a brightness value of 90. It’s available in cut sheets from 4 x 6 to 13 x 38 inches and in rolls up to 44 inches wide.
PRICE: starting at $20
Strathmore Digital Radiant Gloss
Strathmore began selling fine-art papers back when the horse and buggy were considered brisk transportation. Today, the company’s digital lineup spans a range of textures and looks, including Radiant Gloss. This 170gsm high-gloss photo paper is 9 mils thick. It’s available in 8.5 x 11-inch size only.
Hahnemühle Photo Gloss Baryta 320
This light white barite inkjet paper replaces the “Harman by Hahnemühle” Gloss Baryta. It features a homogeneous, glossy surface for that traditional darkroom print look. This acid-free paper is made from a 100-percent alpha cellulose base and has a whiteness value of 100 and an opacity value greater than 97. It’s available in cut sheets ranging in size from 8.5 x 11 inches to 17 x 22 inches and in rolls up to 50 inches wide.
PRICE: starting at $37
Finestra Art Premium Matte bright wide double sided
If one-sided prints aren’t satisfying you, the Finestra Art Premium Matte can be printed on both sides. The glare-free matte paper has a weight of 230gsm and is acid free. It dries instantly and is compatible with both dye and pigment-based ink sets. You can find the paper in cut sheet sizes ranging from 5 x 7 to 13 x 19-inch sizes.
PRICE: starting at $22
Sihl 3506 Rocket
Looking to make larger format prints and poster-sized images? Sihl’s Rocket Photo Paper Gloss is a bright white glossy photo paper with a resin-coated base. It weighs in at 250gsm and is 10 mils. thick with an opacity of 98 and a whiteness value of 129, making it a very bright white paper. Its base is acid free and dries instantly. It’s available only in 100-foot long rolls ranging in width from 24 to 60 inches. The paper is compatible with aqueous inkjet printers from Canon, Epson and larger format HPs (Design Jet T and Z).
PRICE: starting at $170
This 290gsm paper is available in either a luster or gloss finish and is acid free. It features a quick-drying resin coating and is optimized for pigment inks. It has a brightness value of 97 and is sold in sheet sizes ranging from 8.5 x 11 to 17 x 32 inches and in rolls from 17 to 44 inches.
PRICE: starting at $27
Moab Entrada Rag Textured 300
The Entrada Rag Textured 300 is a cotton matte paper that offers a wide tonal range and a high dMax (black level) for a cotton matte paper, Moab claims. This single-sided inkjet paper weighs in at 300gsm and is free of optical brighteners. It’s also water resistant. It is sold in several sheet sizes: 5 x 7, 8.5 x 11, 13 x 19 and 17 x 22 inches. It’s also available in 17-, 24- and 44-inch 50-foot-long rolls.
PRICE: starting at $17
Ilford Galerie Prestige Fine Art Smooth
This 200gsm paper is acid free and offers a matte surface with an alpha-cellulose base. Designed for pigment inkjet printers, the paper has a thickness of 0.3 millimeters and an opacity of greater than 93 percent. Ilford promises a wide color gamut with good light resistance and contrast for fine-art photography, portraits and more. The Fine Art Smooth paper is available in 100 foot rolls in 17-, 24-, 44- and 50-inch widths as well as smaller cut-sheet sizes.
PRICE: starting at $35