American Frame is extremely proud of the quality and diversity of photography printing papers that we are able to offer to our customers looking for professional photo printing services. There is a paper for every desired effect, but how do you determine which paper is best for your print? Fear not, any paper that you choose will have excellent reproductive abilities and archival ratings (if any of our papers were “bad,” we wouldn’t offer them!). Paper selection is mostly about personal preference, but certain papers are definitely more suited to specific subjects and media than others.
See Choosing the Right Paper for Your Project Part 1
Previously, we discussed all of our resin-coated photo printing papers and suggested which subject matters looks best on which papers. (Click here to read about papers discussed in part one.) This week we will tackle all of our matte-finish papers and the characteristics of each you should be aware of when choosing the right paper for your project. We will start with our photo matte selection, Moab Lasal Photo Matte, and then move on to a variety of fine-art, matte papers including: Epson Hot Press Bright, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, Epson Somerset Velvet, and Canson Infinity Arches Aquarelle.
Moab Lasal Photo Matte
Our first selection is the Moab Lasal Photo Matte. This is a slight hybrid between last week’s papers and this week’s, as it’s a photo paper, but with no resin coating. Instead, it has a smooth bright white, matte finish, and is about the weight and thickness of the Premium Luster or Premium Glossy we discussed last week. It does exceptionally well with image sharpness and has excellent vivid color density and holdout which makes it a very versatile paper for just about any project. Photography, portraiture, fine art, portfolio pieces, presentations, posters, graphic art reproductions, signage or professional layouts, you name it, Lasal Photo Matte can make it happen. It can tackle just about anything you throw at it with excellent color and clarity and thus is a fantastic general purpose photo paper.