Choose Your Paper 

The distinctions in paper surface are a key element in the creative process, and mixing and matching to image content and individual taste allows serious printmakers to hone their work to the finest degree.

Although the choice of paper is largely a personal artistic decision we give below a guide based on the suitability of papers for the subject of the image:

  • For images with high definition such as fashion shots and group shots with a strong depth of field a glossy bright white paper such as Hahnemuhle Fine Art Byrata or Fotospeed PF Gloss
  • For landscapes a textured watercolour type of paper such as Hahnemuhle German Etching or Fotospeed Photo Etching.
  • For portraits a slightly off white smooth or satin finished paper such as Hahnemuhle Fine Art Photo Rag or Hahnemuhle Bamboo.
  • If in doubt choose Hanemuhle Photo Rag an excellent and versatile paper chosen by many photographers for all their images 

Difference between fine art and photo paper

Fine art printing is the term often used to refer to professional photographs being printed on very high quality paper. This designation, which is by no means a label, meets certain quality criteria, with regard to the paper in particular, which are sought after by many photographers and printers.

Professionals attracted by fine art paper

The difference between fine art paper and normal photo paper lies in the composition of the paper itself. As a matter of fact, natural fibres (usually cotton or alpha cellulose) must be included within the composition of fine art paper. The paper is not artificially bleached with chlorine, thus ensuring that the photos stand the test of time. A major asset in the sphere of art photography!

Normal photo paper meet the needs of some users when it comes to printing photos to be viewed on an occasional basis, whereas fine art paper will ensure that images are shown off in their best light and provides good performance when exhibiting prints.

Fine art paper: prints that are made to last

Because fine art paper is intended for the printing of high quality photographs, its quality must be ideally suited to receiving inks and pigments. The composition of the surface layer must allow the ink to adhere well over time, while offering a neutral pH to ensure that the paper also stands the test of time.

Lastly, a fine art paper will allow you to emphasize the composition of the image, while providing the ideal support for intense colours and marked contrasts, while also enabling a wide range of grey tones.

View our range of fine art and quality photo papers