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Article: [I tried printing] Epson Profoto thick texture charm

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[I tried printing] Epson Profoto thick texture charm

EPSON professional photo paper thick silk

This is a high quality photo paper produced by EPSON called the Profoto series .

It is highly supported by people who are active in the photography and art fields, such as photographers, photographers, and art students.

Of course, the Profoto series is highly compatible with genuine EPSON printers, and you can always get the results you expect.

Manufacturers sell thick letters and thin letters that can be used depending on the purpose of use, but "PHOTOPRI" offers three carefully selected types from among the "thick" types that are most frequently ordered.

In this article, we will focus on Profoto Thick Silume .

"I've never done large-format printing on glossy paper."

“What is silk eyes?”

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

I am writing this for those who have similar problems.

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[EPSON] Selection of Profoto thick silk texture

 Elegant semi-gloss

There are many types of glossy paper that EPSON handles, and it is difficult to understand the characteristics and impressions of the paper until you actually print on it.

Glossy paper comes in three types: glossy, semi-glossy, and slightly glossy, and can be used for general purposes such as posters and graphic art, as well as for printing photos for exhibition works.

We often get asked, ``What glossy paper do you recommend?'' To be honest, it's difficult for me to answer this question.

This is because it is unclear from this question what kind of use the printed material is intended to be used for .

The intensity of reflected light varies depending on the type of glossy paper.

As you can read, the reflected light weakens in the order of "glossy>semi-gloss>slightly glossy".

EPSON professional photo paper thick silk

(↑Just the right amount of reflected light.)

Some people may choose ``glossy'' paper and feel that the reflections are too strong.

Depending on the photo data you print, you may find that you wanted to create a calm impression, but it ended up being flashy.

"Glossy" paper is very popular, so if you can't decide, choose this one! However, the appeal of photo paper changes depending on the person, the photo data, the person's preference, and the intended use.

Photographers who print works for exhibition are often asked to take into consideration the lighting of the venue . ``Printing'' is not a goal, but a passing point.

Now, Profoto thick silk is semi-gloss, so it is not too reflective and is easy to use for many people, making it highly convenient.

For those who don't like paper that reflects strong light, a semi-gloss finish may be just right.

It doesn't give the same moist impression as slightly glossy paper, but I think it's a really good paper because the glossiness is exquisitely subdued .

The fun of fine-grained surfaces

The major feature of Profoto thick silk is that it has a "fine-grained surface."

Simply put, it is a piece of paper with uneven surfaces .

EPSON professional photo paper thick silk

It is because of these unevenness that the reflected light spreads in various directions, giving the piece a three-dimensional feel.

Profoto's ability to give viewers a ``three-dimensional feel'' can be said to be a major weapon of Profoto's thick silk texture.

Also, there are slight differences in the strength of the unevenness of the paper depending on the manufacturer, so if you like the silky texture, we recommend trying out different types!

What kind of photos/illustrations are suitable?

When it comes to portrait photography, nothing beats it.

As mentioned above, EPSON's glossy paper is versatile, but Profoto's thick silk paper is especially suitable for portrait photography .

Of course, there are people who use it for photos of buildings and landscapes, but the majority of people who use silk grain are for portraits.

The reason for this seems to be that it is a paper that gives a three-dimensional effect .

I think that the fact that the skin of the person is smoother and stands out, giving it a three-dimensional appearance is a very important point in differentiating it from other works.

EPSON professional photo paper thick silk

The light and dark expression of the shadows falling on the skin is very natural, and there is no sense of discomfort when looking at it.

It's normal to feel uncomfortable when looking at a photo and it feels three-dimensional, but this paper does not make you feel that way , and is useful not only for portraits, but also for buildings, landscapes, snapshots, etc.

Another appeal of Profoto Thick Silk is that it has a wide range of colors that can be reproduced (color reproducibility) .

If colors can be expressed in a richer way, viewers will be able to feel the natural transition of colors, allowing them to become immersed in the work, and may even become more interested in viewing photographs.

In terms of color reproducibility, there are some photo papers made overseas that are good candidates, but they are both expensive and difficult to secure in stock , so we can solve these problems. This is also an advantage of using EPSON photo paper.

I myself used to use "Gloss" and "Semi-Gloss" before using Profoto Thick Silk Grain, but now I use Silk Grain for portrait photography, so if you haven't used it yet, I hope you take this opportunity to try it out!


In addition to the Profoto thick silk texture introduced this time, there are other papers that feature a fine grain surface.

I have attached a link to the product, so please take a look.

Canon's fine-grain surface gloss raster is easy to use for photos and illustrations of any design, so we recommend it.

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Would you like to try printing a Profoto thick texture?

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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