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Re: super high gloss inkjet paper?

Carmen wrote:

I am looking for a super shiny high gloss paper for the epson 7800 printer. I would like it to be as shiny as possible. What can you recommend?
All of the major suppliers make high-gloss inkjet paper. I do quite a lot of both color and B/W inkjet printing on high-gloss paper. Interestingly, I have found that the various papers work VERY differently with respect to (i) how much ink they need/will take; (ii) how much gloss they retain after drying; (iii) how much the surface gloss varies across the print after drying due to the different amounts of ink in different places (some of them actually look swollen in some areas after inking and drying, like the surface of developed dye transfer matrix film); and (iv) how much (if any) mottling they show with the ink you use.

All of my comments below apply to the use of DYE-based inks, *not* PIGMENT-based inks (which do not work worth a tinker's dam with glossy papers, IMO).

The one that works consistently the best FOR ME is Konica "Inkjet Paper QP" high gloss ink jet paper. Unfortunately, the line was discontinued some time ago. I bought a lot of it when I heard, so I haven't had to figure out what comes next. [Konica-Minolta USA lists Pictorico Photo Glossy Paper on its web site -- I don't have any idea if it is related in any way to the Konica QP.]

I found that Epson "Premium Glossy Photo Paper" works almost as well as the Konica with Epson printers/inks, but it does not work as well with some other printers/inks (Canon and HP).

I got truly awful results with HP "Premium Photo Paper Glossy" and even worse results with Kodak "Premium Picture Paper High Gloss" in both Epson and Canon inkjet printers.

Best regards,