Archival Paper choices

I get asked a lot about the different paper choices and which ones are the best for the photograph I have selected? Rest assured you really can't go wrong with any of the choices I have on my website however, I thought I would explain which papers I select based on what type of photograph I am printing.

Canvas. If you have selected a Canvas print you will see that you have three options on the styles of canvas. First, I always select a mirrored edge canvas and never go with a solid color border. To me, when I view the canvas hanging on the wall at a lot of angles the solid color border sticks out. I don't like it and don't recommend it, go with the mirrored edge.

Under additional choices you see three option, Luster which is the default selection, Premium which has a glossy look and last is metallic. I select metallic on all of my big bold color photographs so 90% of the time, this is what I choose. If its a black & white photograph I'll select the Luster finish. I haven't printed on the premium glossy yet but with glossy you are either a fan of it or not. I'm not a big fan so I haven't selected it.

Fine Art Paper. You have four choices of fine art papers. Luster, Metallic, Watercolor and Textured. Cant go wrong with any of these choices however, this is how I select mine. Luster is what I use on either color or B&W if I want a subdued soft look. It has a slight texture to it but it is hardly noticeable. Metallic again I use on all of my big bold colorful photographs. Watercolor is a good choice for muted colors. Night photography is a good choice for theis paper. The textured paper is one of my favorites. Black and white images look fantastic on this paper. You can get away with big colorful photographs as well but they don't shine like they do on the metallic paper.

High Gloss Metal This is not a paper, its printed on sheet metal. I love this feature and it is really big in California and Hawaii. These are light weight and easy to hang. They are extremely durable and will outlast pretty much any other medium. They do have a shine to them but the photographs almost have a 3D type look or HD. I love this medium for any style photograph.

Acrylic. This also is not a type of paper. These are nice, last forever. They don't pop like a photograph does on metal but the acrylic are very nice. My only concern with this medium is the price, its extremely expensive. A large print on acrylic will have some weight to it as well. This is a medium that is extremely nice but if its not within your budget, I would avoid selecting acrylic prints.

Well I hope this clears up the printing options for you and helps you select a paper you will be happy with for years to come. Just remember, don't drive yourself crazy trying to determine which paper to print on. You really can't go wrong with any of the options and unless you print on a regular basis, you probably won't notice the difference in most of the options. If you need some additional assistance, feel free to reach out to me. Phil