Inkjet printers are arguably today’s most versatile printers. They print black and white documents quickly and flawlessly, and they can be used for a variety of different color printing needs including photographs, signs, invitations, labels, cards and presentation materials. You’ll be surprised at the professional quality of your inkjet printing jobs when you select the right printer paper.
Successful printing requires the inkjet paper to have exactly the right degree of absorbency to accept the ink but prevent its sideways spread. And for whichever type of printer paper you select, the settings in the printer driver must be adjusted to suit the paper, so that the right amount of ink is delivered.
Inkjet Paper Characteristics，Weight and Brightness, we have analyzed on the last paper, and now we talk about other sides of the paper used by the inkjet printer.
Inkjet photo paper comes in various finishes. Which finish produces the most satisfying results is a matter of personal taste, but always make sure to set the printer driver to match the paper finish you’ve selected.
Photo paper with a gloss finish has a high shine with the look and feel of traditional glossy photo lab paper. The finish may be described as high gloss, gloss, soft gloss, or semi-gloss, each reflecting the amount of shine. Satin is a less shiny coated finish.
If you want the best possible results in terms of color richness, clarity and sheen then glossy inkjet photo paper is the way to go. This type of paper has several layers within each sheet. There are top layers to help with ink absorption, and intermediate layers to store the ink and prevent bleeding. The coating keeps the paper from readily absorbing the ink and therefore may dry more slowly, so look for a quick-dry gloss finish.
Matte photo paper has a smooth, almost velvety, finish. Any image printed onto a matte photo paper will have a richness of color and overall softness but it won’t resemble a lab processed photograph. Matte photo paper is less shiny and has less of a glare than glossy paper. It is often used to produce superior text results.
Images printed on photo matte papers appear soft and non-reflective, not shiny. Matte finish photo papers are thicker and are specially formulated for photos. They are often used when prints are displayed under glass. Many matte finish papers are printable on both sides.
Opacity is a measure of how well a material prevents light from passing through it. Standard 20# copier paper is somewhat translucent, while heavier papers are more opaque. The higher the opacity, the less that printed text and images will bleed through to the other side. This is especially important for double-sided printing. Inkjet photo papers have a relatively high opacity (94-97 usually) compared to ordinary inkjet or laser papers so bleed-through is less of a problem.
Photo papers are heavier and thicker than typical multi-purpose papers. This thickness, known as caliper, is necessary to accommodate the greater ink coverage typically found in photos. Typical inkjet paper caliper may be anywhere from a thin 4.3 mil to a thick 10.4 mil paper. Photo paper is usually 7 to 10 mils.
Photo paper comes packaged and precut in the most popular sizes. When selecting your ideal photo paper, remember to consider what type of finish you’d like your pictures to have. Higher quality photo papers for more critical work are thicker and have advanced coatings, sometimes with quick-drying properties. They can normally only be printed on one side, because only one side has the special coating. There are a few papers suitable for double-sided printing.
Top brands like Epson make glossy, semi-gloss, matte, semi-matte, fine art and luster finish papers for different kinds of printing projects.
The type and texture of the photo paper you use directly relates to how well your prints will look. If you treasure photos, use photo paper and ink that help ensure prints last long and are light and water resistant. Some premium photo papers resist fading for 25 to 50 years and have the look and feel of traditional photographs.
Specialty Papers for Printing Projects
Bright White Paper – for important documents, business correspondence
Recycled or Copier Paper – the least expensive choice for everyday printing needs
Card Stock – heavier paper stock for greeting cards, business cards, brochures, marketing materials, name badges, invitations
Envelopes – for business and personal correspondence, greeting cards
Photo Paper – matte, glossy, photo professional
CD Labels – print professional-looking labels for your CDs
Shipping Labels – standard sizes
So which inkjet paper is the right paper for the job? Actually, all of the above: you probably need to keep more than one type of inkjet paper on hand, because the one you use will depend on the type of project you’re working on.
The above factors are the most important to consider when choosing paper for your projects. Be sure to use the right paper for your printer. When choosing copier paper, weight and brightness are most important. For inkjet and laser printers look at opacity and finish. If you will be printing images or creating publications, choose a heavier weight paper with extra brightness.