How to Choose an Inkjet Paper for Printing

How to Choose the Right Paper for Printing
Fountain of Grace – Printed on Baryta Paper

Without fail, one of the most common questions asked by students in printing classes is how to choose a paper for a specific image.

With the wealth and diversity of superb inkjet papers on the market today, even experienced printmakers have difficulty with how to choose the right paper for printing.

The number of choices can simply be overwhelming.

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How to Configure Printer Settings for Third-Party Papers


In the digital age, we are fortunate to have a bounty of wonderful inkjet papers to choose from.

These papers range from glossy, luster, metallic and baryta photo papers, to fine art cotton watercolor and canvas matte.

A few of the choices include OEM papers offered by printer manufacturers such as Epson and Canon, as well as third-party (non-OEM) papers produced by companies such as Breathing Color.

Color-managed applications like Photoshop and Lightroom, in conjunction with quality ICC printer/paper profiles, pave the way to achieving good prints.

Producing an optimal print, however, requires proper configuration of an array of printer driver settings for each particular paper.

Use this guide to get up and running with your own third party paper printing.

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Four Steps to Fix Horizontal Banding


Ever sent a job to print, only to have to rush to cancel it because of lines going across the print, ruining the image?

These lines, which are typically left in the direction of printhead travel, are referred to as horizontal banding.

It’s a fairly common problem, and one that many people don’t immediately have a solution to. We thought it time to write a quick post to assist in solving that dilemma.

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Guide to the Perfect Color Workflow – Part 1: Dial In Your Display

Dial Your Display
Good color management is simple to implement, with a little attention to detail.

This three part step-by-step series shows you how to set up your color workflow to get the best results quickly.

After each fundamental step, extra tips will show you how to refine your color workflow even further.

Part 1—Build the best color foundation

Great color prints are built on all the good work done long before we hit the print button, so we’ll jump in at the beginning to lay a great foundation.

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How to Properly Handle and Store your Fine Art Media

BC Team Quality Control

Proper print handling and media storage is a critical and often overlooked component of the fine art printmaking workflow, as it will protect the integrity of the media to ensure that it remains at its maximum potential from start to finish. Developing proper habits for storing and handling media in your production environment will result in less damaged and wasted material, helping your business to keep its costs under control.

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