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When Ordinary Paper Just Ain't Good Enough!!

When Ordinary Paper Just Ain't Good Enough!!!
by Gary Woods

Did you ever want to print on something more interesting that plain old paper? May you're doing an invitation or have a special photograph you'd like to frame. Well if you do it's time to start looking into what you options are for printing stock.

First up there is Resin Coated (RC) paper that are comparable to glossy and satin-finish papers you get from a photo lab. They have a plastic base, and are bright white with either a high-gloss coating or a pebbly luster finish. Resin Coated papers really make your photos jump off the page. A couple of good sources for RC Paper are Red River Paper ( and Moab (

Another choice would be Matte Finish. These papers have a coating that absorbs the ink but produces no shine. These papers are less expensive than glossy papers, so they're a good choice for proofs. Epson ( makes a great Ultra Premium Presentation Matte paper.

If nothing will do but that great photo paper look there's Fiber Based papers. These papers have no plastic backing and use a low-gloss coating, sometimes labeled baryta. The result is rich, deep tones, especially for black and white prints. Crane ( has a paper called Museo Silver Bag which works well.

Finally there Fine Art papers. They tend to be more expensive than glossy and matte-finish papers but most vendors offer sample packs to you can try before you step up to the plate with the big money. You can find Fine Art papers at Crane, Hahnemuhle (

If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at or see my column on the Internet at or call me at (805) 729-0910

Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc