Fine Art Printing
Fine Art Printing of the Highest Quality
Our outstanding selection of high quality fine art and photographic papers are manufactured specifically for today's archival giclee printing. We've profiled, researched and tested hundreds of papers from around the globe against such stringent standards as longevity, fade resistance, and color integrity to bring you the very best in quality and selection.
Our assortment of papers are specifically optimized for pigmented inks such as the UltraChrome® K3 inks used in our inkjet printers. Pigmented inks are known to be UV light-resistant and will last significantly longer than dye inks. With proper care and maintenance your prints will last a lifetime.
Choose from a Wide Selection of Fine Art
& Photographic Papers
Choose from gloss, high gloss, pearl, lustre, satin, matte, baryta, or metallic to name a few. For the very discerning photo imaging enthusiast we offer handmade Japanese archival papers. These have been crafted using sustainable fibres and historic techniques to produce a unique look and texture.
Our fine art papers are made from archival or conservation grade materials. They are acid free with minimal or no Optical Brightening Agents (OBA) and can provide an environmentally friendly option.
Our premium photo papers are made to the highest criteria with a proven track record for longevity and quality.
Fine Art vs. Photographic Paper
- Fine Art Papers
Fine Art papers are primarily a matte finish. They are acid free and they must comply with industry standards before a manufacturer can certify them to be of archival or museum grade.
Fine Art papers are made from different materials, the two main ones being cotton and wood pulp. The demand for papers made from renewable resources has resulted in some recent introductions such as Bamboo, Sugar Cane and Kozo (Mulberry tree) to the digital photo line of papers.
Alpha cellulose paper is made from wood pulp that has been processed to remove everything but the cellulose. Paper made from wood-based pulp that has not had its lignin removed will yellow and deteriorate over time. Unfortunately, the process used to remove the lignin and other impurities creates industrial waste; however, the final product is stable and acid free. During production, acid-free paper may be treated with calcium or magnesium bicarbonate to neutralize the natural acids occurring in wood pulp. It may also be buffered to prevent the formation of additional acids.
Cotton paper is naturally acid and lignin free. It is stronger than pulp papers and is environmentally friendly in both processing and as a renewable resource. Cotton rag paper is often preferred over wood-pulp based papers for archival purposes.
- Photo Papers
Photo papers are available in a wide range of glosses, weights and quality. Some photo papers are not considered archival grade, but can last for many years with proper care and handling.
Photo papers almost always contain Optical Brightening Agents (OBA) and are usually resin coated (RC). As a general rule, photo papers offer a larger colour gamut and DMax thus producing more colours and deeper blacks than fine art papers. These differences are not always apparent.
What Paper Do I Choose
At Photohop, we make every effort to ensure that the papers we carry are of the finest quality. We strive to be environmentally conscientious by using renewable resources and papers that are environmentally friendly.
The type of paper you choose is entirely one of personal choice. To assist you, please refer to our Paper Guide for more information.
If you are not certain what paper you should choose we will be happy to pick one for you based on the information you provide.