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Article: [I tried printing] The charm of Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta

【印刷してみた】Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Barytaの魅力 - PHOTOPRI【写真展・美術展品質のプリントサービス】

[I tried printing] The charm of Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta

Germany is an artistic powerhouse.

You cannot talk about European art without mentioning Hahnemuhle Fine Art, which has a history of over 400 years.

Many works of art that still exist after all these years, such as Renaissance paintings, Shakespeare's works, and Gudenburg's Bible, are made using cotton-based paper .

Additionally, with the changing times, paper is now made not only from cotton but also from a material called ``alpha cellulose,'' which supports many artists.

It is only because of the evolution of the times that historic paper made from cotton and alpha cellulose can be used in the fields of photography and illustration.

The popular Hahnemühle series ranks among the top recommended papers for "PHOTOPRI".

There are many types of paper in the Hahnemühle series, but "PHOTOPRI" has carefully selected 6 types .

In this article, we will focus on Photo Rag Baryta .

"I've never printed on glossy paper."

“What are the characteristics of Photo Rag Baryta ?”

“What kind of photos and illustrations are suitable for?”

I am writing this for those who have such concerns and concerns.

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[Hahnemuhle] Photo Rag Baryta selection

High standard of paper quality

Photo Rag Baryta (hereinafter referred to as Photo Rag Baryta) is my personal favorite paper.

The texture and gloss of the paper surface are just right, which is wonderful. . .

The colors are good when printed, the color expression is accurate when compared to the image data, and the finish is elegant. I also like the thickness of the paper, which makes it easy to operate, and the smell of the coating paint.

To put it simply, it's "the best!", but let's dig a little deeper.


(Shiny. I like this shine.)

Photorag Baryta is a cotton-based paper with strong elasticity .

The paper itself has a very high level of rigidity and is of a quality that can withstand long-term display .

This is a very important point for printing paper, and a major feature of cotton-based paper is that it can be stored for a long time.
Additionally, the surface texture is effective for creating a three-dimensional look in photos and illustrations .
Simply put, the surface of the paper is uneven, but the texture is exquisite.
Some paper products have a strong uneven feel. The texture of such products can sometimes feel distracting, but Photorag Baraita is just right.
The three-dimensional structure of the surface makes it possible to see human eyes and skin more realistically, as well as feel the majesty of nature and the realistic situation at the shooting location .
And the gloss is very elegant.
It's a high gloss sheet, so when you look at it as a blank sheet, you get the impression that it's shiny, but it's not hard to see; in fact, it's easy to see even with this much gloss.
You can see why it is often used in exhibitions.
I believe that the overall good balance is what allows us to achieve a high standard of paper quality .

Excellent color payoff

Regarding the color tone after printing, the quality of the color development is already the best.


If the colors are poor, the overall atmosphere of the work will be depressed, it will look dull, and the work will not be able to convey what you want to convey, but this is different with Photolag Baraita.

Colors such as red, blue, and yellow, which tend to change easily from the color of the data when printed, can be expressed well.

However, this does not mean that gray and black colors cannot catch up with it, and it is also recommended for photos taken undercover .

There are many papers that are excellent in terms of wide color gamut and smooth gradation, and are praised for their excellent color reproduction.

When I look at the color expression of Photorag Baraita, I fall in love with the white expression rather than the blue expression or the tightness of the black.


(The image above is an image. This kind of photo Please use Photorag Baraita. )

Cumulonimbus clouds floating high in the summer sky, high waves appearing on a stormy sea.

I think there are many people who take photos of these kinds of subjects, but you can experience how ordinary clouds and waves come to life so much that they almost feel like living things. .

You can experience what the photographer saw and the atmosphere of the scene, such as the fluffy clouds or the sense of impending danger when seeing high waves up close...

Photolag Baryta is the paper that makes this possible.

What kind of photos/illustrations are suitable?

Suitable for portraits.

When you think, ``What paper is suitable for portraits?'', what gives you a clue is the orders we receive from actual customers.

Among the many types of paper available, there are several that come to mind that are excellent at expressing people, but papers such as EPSON's Profoto thick silk grain and Canon fine-grained surface raster are particularly popular, and they are cheaper than art paper. I think it's easy to get used to.

These papers are also recommended for first-time printers.

The Photo Lag Baryta that we introduced this time is a must-have paper for those who usually use EPSON or Canon paper but would like to use overseas-made art paper .

The reason why I recommend Photolag Baryta for portrait printing is because of its ``just right level of fine grain'' and ``white surface quality that is easy to like.''

As mentioned above, paper with a fine grain surface is popular for expressing human skin, but in the case of Photorag Baryta, the way it is expressed is a little different.

The freshness of the skin, pores, and blood vessels can be delicately expressed, and the elegant gloss gives the subject a gorgeous look.

Additionally, Hahnemühle paper has its own color definitions such as ``Natural White'', ``Bright White'', ``Natural Bright White'', and ``White'', and the surface texture varies depending on the paper.

Photolag Baryta has a white surface.

The printing surface has a ``white that is not too white'' feeling.

This perfect printing surface makes it compatible with relatively any image data, not just portraits.

Easy to use and highly rated, even when used roughly.

I mentioned that it is especially recommended for portraits, but it can of course be used for other types of photography as well.

Another reason I like this paper is that it can be used for general purposes .

All of the papers in the Hahnemühle series are more expensive than domestically produced paper, but they are superior in that they produce excellent results.

If you're having trouble choosing art paper, you might want to consider using Photorag Baryta. It has so much charm that I think.

Matching with illustrations is currently being verified. . .

When printing illustrations, matte paper is often chosen over glossy paper, so The current situation is that we cannot recommend or recommend printing with Photolag Baryta...

When it comes to illustration printing, Epson's premium matte paper, art paper, velvet fine art paper, and Hahnemuehle papers such as Photorag and Torsion are very popular, so it's important to know how your work will be expressed. If you are interested, please use the "trial print"!


Photolag Baryta is part of Hahnemühle's ``Glossy Fine Art'' paper series.

Photorag Baryta is as mentioned above, but some of you may be wondering, "What is fine art paper?", so I would like to add some explanation about "fine art paper." Please forgive me if my expressions may be a little harsh. lol

What is fine art paper?

Fine art paper is one of the papers whose "quality as paper" has dramatically improved due to improvements in inkjet printing technology.

As it became possible to reproduce digital images with the same high definition and quality as traditional silver halide photography, the possibilities of this technology were immediately considered in the photography and art industries.

A major feature of fine art paper is that it has both ``preservability'' and ``texture.''

Raw materials include cotton, wood, and bamboo, but PHOTOPRI uses cotton-based fine art paper.

Cotton-based fine art paper is made of lignin (a component that makes up 20-30% of wood. Paper derived from wood naturally contains lignin, so it deteriorates over time. By the way, books change color because of lignin. (Due to a chemical reaction between ultraviolet rays and lignin), it can be stored for a long time.

There are many fine art paper suppliers, such as Hahnemuhle (Germany), PICTORICO (Japan), and Canson (France), and there is a wide variety of paper types.

In terms of future possibilities, the fine art paper that has evolved in Europe is expected to further evolve, and at the same time, new fine art papers may be born from Asia.

It is believed that fine art paper will penetrate not only those in the art industry but also individual creators. Along with this, it is highly likely that the types of paper itself will increase and become more segmented.

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[Hahnemuhle] Would you like to print a trial copy of Photo Rag Baryta?

Just like you take a test drive when you buy a car, we want you to use the trial print service and experience the paper for yourself before printing.

You can't really understand the texture, texture, color reproduction, etc. of a wide variety of papers, such as glossy paper, matte paper, fine art paper, and Japanese paper, until you actually hold the printed material in your hands.

Even if you try to choose the best one from a large number of papers, it may be difficult. There are many people who don't know which one to choose.

You can print a trial print using your own photo data .

We have a trial set that suits your preferences, so please take advantage of it!


Free trial print

PHOTOPRI, a large-format print service with photo exhibition quality, supports prints up to B0 size, and our professional staff, including myself, use skilled color matching to create high-definition and beautiful photographs, illustrations, and paintings. .

The A1 size is about 3,800 yen, which is reasonable despite the quality, so please consider it!

We also offer free trial printing for A5 size prints, so please check the quality first!

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