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Article: What is fine art paper? Paper selection essential for printing works!

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What is fine art paper? Paper selection essential for printing works!

Q.What is fine art paper?

What is fine art paper? Paper selection essential for printing works!

A.Fine art paper is one of the types of paper that has dramatically improved in terms of "paper quality" due to improvements in inkjet printing technology.

The ability to reproduce high-definition, high-quality digital images on a par with conventional silver-halide photographs prompted the photography and art industries to consider the possibilities.

The major feature of fine art paper is that it has both "storability" and "texture".

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

Cotton-based fine art paper contains lignin (a component that makes up 20 to 30% of wood). This is due to the chemical reaction between ultraviolet rays and lignin), so it can be stored for a long time.

In the past, cotton-based paper was widely used in Germany, from general paper to art paper.

Renaissance paintings, Shakespeare's works, Gudenburg's Bible, and many other surviving works on cotton-based paper are still extant.

There are many fine art paper suppliers such as Hahnemuhle (Germany), PICTORICO (Japan), Canson (France), etc., and the types of paper are wide.

Fine art paper, which has evolved in Europe, is expected to evolve further, and at the same time, new fine art paper may be born in Asia in the future.

It is possible that Japanese washi paper and Chinese bamboo paper will be inkjet compatible in the future.

All of the fine art papers used in "PHOTOPRI" have a nice texture, and are perfect for photographs that aim for detailed expressions and a calm finish.

The reason why I went deeper into the explanation of fine art paper is that I wanted to recommend the rich expressions that the paper gives off and the ease of use as photo paper to people who have never used this paper before.

In addition, it is believed that fine art paper will penetrate not only the art industry but also individual creators.

Along with that, there is a high possibility that the types of paper itself will increase and become more subdivided.

We must keep an eye on the high potential of fine art paper. Why don't you take this opportunity to try it once?

Q.I want to print photos. Which type of paper is recommended?


RC-based photographic paper is easy to handle and requires professional quality.

Matte paper for classic photo printing and a subdued finish.

Glossy paper if you want a clear expression with rich contrast.

If you want a moist finish while suppressing the gloss slightly, go for a silky finish.

If you are looking for a Japanese design or a fleeting and light atmosphere, then washi paper is for you.

A fine art paper with a fascinating history that has been loved by people in the art powerhouse for many years.

… and so on, I wrote down the recommended papers, but among those who have read so far, there are those who have decided the direction, “Okay, let’s try this,” while others are still unsure. I'm sure there are some of you out there.

Want to print your photos on fine art paper?

Our service, "PHOTOPRI", aims at high-quality printing used by solo exhibition artists and professionals in various industries, and supports wide color gamut RGB and Adobe RGB printing.

Even if you do not convert the image to CMYK, if you print in RGB, you can print the original RGB image as it is, saving you the trouble of converting it, and you can print with colors that are not dull.

First of all, there is a free trial print, so if you want to try RGB printing but can't do it at home, please try it.

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who wrote this article

Yuta Matsumura

Representative of PHOTOPRI

  • Representative of PHOTOPRI
  • Working as a food and portrait photographer
  • The family is in the printing business
  • Active as a shoe designer
  • Also in charge of PHOTOPRI site creation


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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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