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Offbeat paper surfaces for your home photo book
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Offbeat paper surfaces for your home photo book

Three surfaces for your inkjet printer

Here are three photo-quality inkjet paper surfaces that you can only print for your photo book at home.


One of the advantages of printing a photo book at home (rather than sending it to an online service such as AdoramaPix PhotoBooks) is that you can choose any offbeat print medium you want. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at some offbeat, unusual paper surfaces that you can only use in your home printer. Experiment!

(All surfaces are shown as 8.5x11, so they will fit in the Unibind.)

Watercolor
 
Watercolor paper is textured, and the pattern shows subtly on the images you print on it. For fine-art work, this give you more creative options. It’s also a nice variation if you’re combining your photo book with scrapbooking elements. Inkjet watercolor paper looks like traditional watercolor paper that artists work, but has been treated to take the inkjet inks better. Media Street’s Royal Plush Watercolor Paper offers rich blacks and vibrant colors, and has been rated beyond 100 years by the Wilhelm Research Institute.

Other alternatives:
Inkpress Watercolor Linen
Hahnemuhle Matte German Etching

Canvas
 
Canvas prints are normally stretched over a frame and hung like paintings, but who says you can’t put ‘em into a book? Such variations in surface give the viewer a one-of-a-kind, tactile experience when holding the book and flipping through the images, and give you options to create a unique work of art. Canson, a maker of fine-art papers that recently entered the photo printing world, Canson Artist Canvas, a single sided matte finish inkjet canvas paper that is said to have a high degree of whiteness, making it well suited for photographic prints that's available in a variety of roll sizes. The coating is water resistant, and can be used with pigmented inks as well as standard water-based inkjet prints. It should work in all water-based inkjet
printers.

Other alternatives:
Projet Fine Art Canvas
Pictorico PR20SH Pro Heavyweight Resin Coated Semi Gloss Canvas


Satin
 
While AdoramaPix does offer a satin (also called Silk) surface for print, it doesn’t offer this surface for books. So, you can either order your Silk prints from AdoramaPix, or buy satin paper and put it all together yourself. Satin is a subtly textured surface that reduces viewing glare but still lets your pictures stand out. Hahnemuhle's Satin Photo Rag is a 100% rag fine lustre bright white paper. many printer manufacturers offer ICC profiles for it. According to Bergger, you can make Quadtone prints on these paper that closely approximate the look and feel of Platinum, but with an expanded tonal range.

Other alternatives:
Moab Colorado Fiber Satin Archival
Media Street Generations G-Chrome Satin Peblled Photo Lustre

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