Choosing the right photo paper can be as simple as it can be complicated. Whether you are printing stock photos, moments captured on a top of the line, medium format camera, or even a smartphone picture, you still want to make a top of the line print every time.
You could differentiate the products by caliper or finish, but that doesn’t really help you choose the right paper for your application, does it? See how Sihl has differentiated its products for you.
If you still have a HP5000 / 5500 with dye ink, a new CAD printer with dye ink or a combination of dye and pigment, or a new generation photo printer with dye ink, you need to be aware of short term and long term image fade. Most photo papers will print great initially, but fade or discolor, if not laminted, within a short period of time. Sihl CADPerfect™ papers are specially designed to eliminate this color shift so you can make long lasting prints without lamination.
Mounting to board for framing, easel signs, or any project where a photo quality front is required, there is no substitute for a true photo paper. Paper certainly does not have the flexibility, tear resistance or durability of vinyl, but it also won’t shrink over time and is easier to apply. Sihl Imola™ PSA, features a premium, instant dry coating, low glare finish, and an adjustable adhesive, perfect for posters or prototypes.
When pennies count, finding a lower cost paper that still has the color gamut, density and drytime of its more expensive cousins is not always easy. Maybe you are willing to give on certain factors like drytime, hand or weight because you are running high volume. Maybe you are knowledge enough about your printer and the ink (maybe you run a custom profile) to know what factors are important to your production and what factors you can be flexible on.
From sunup to sundown, photo paper production still tops the list of most commonly used media in wide format print shops. Production requires a paper that is easy to profile, print, and process. The paper should have a good weight (hand), an even finish and a smooth, consistent coating from the beginning of the roll to the end.
Whether your photos are being displayed in your home, a local cafe or a high-end New York City gallery, the requirements are all the same. Start with a barrier coated paper with a premium weight. This will help prevent cockling and waves in the frame due to ambient moisture. Next, select a paper that is easy to profile, has stable color and excellent print performance.
Whether your photos are being displayed in the local cafe or a high-end New York City gallery, the requirements are all the same. Start with a barrier coated paper with a premium weight. This will help prevent cockling and waves in the frame due to ambient moisture. Next, select a paper that is easy to profile, has stable color and excellent print performance.
When reprinting images and memories that have special meaning, those designed to last a lifetime, there are certain factories that one shouldn’t be flexible on. Sihl portrait and wedding papers are designed to produce the maximum shadow detail, excellent line acuity and absolute color accuracy.