If you have just started doing digital photography, you might still be printing onto plain white paper with
slightly dull results. Learn about what you could be printing your images on and how different papers can
transform your photos.
Glossy paper is the most common paper for printing photos. It produces a sharp and vibrant image. Glossy
paper is also very smooth to touch.
Disadvantages include the fact it is easy to mark them with fingerprints or dust. Glossy photos are best framed
so that no dirt or fingerprints can touch the image. Glossy paper is also more reflective and shiny which is a
problem if you plan to view the image in a sunny area.
If you need your images to be as sharp as possible then you might want to think about using glossy paper.
Glossy paper is cheaper than matte paper (on average).
Various glossy paper include:
Semi-gloss is cheaper and more affordable than glossy paper. As the name suggests, it is simply less glossy.
Premium-grade is a higher quality paper and will produce the sharpest results.
Brand specific papers are produced by companies to be be used with their own printers.
The best example of a gloss laminated paper is in the form of a postcard. The main photo is on the front,
along with a gloss laminate coat applied, which makes it even shinier. The back has the texture of plain card
Laminating the paper makes the colors even more vibrant. If you plan to do any sort of advertising, then glossy
laminated paper stands out above others and should be your choice of paper.
It is possible to print an image on standard glossy paper then coat it with a ultra violet garnish before finally
drying it by exposure to UV radiation.
It makes the image extremely shiny and glossy. UV gloss can also be used on specific areas to make them
appear bolder and stand out above the rest of the design. This is often advertised as spot UV.
You can use UV gloss for business cards(often the logo stands out) or just as easily for fliers.
Because of the process involved printing at home becomes near impossible and therefore you will need to
use a printing company. The cheapest printing company I found offered to print 250 pages of A4 for £340.
Iron on transfers
If you have always wanted your designs on a T-shirt, then iron on transfer papers is the cheapest way for you to
do it yourself. Using a standard inkjet printer you are able to print your designs and then iron it onto yourT-shirt.
The paper itself is not too expensive but you will need a high quality printer. Companies charge a lot of money
for transfers, and this will be due to their ink prices rather than the paper costs.
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