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Our printing services use only the best available archival materials to produce prints that are suitable for sale and exhibition, or simply display in your own home. Galleries and museums around the world now accept prints made with these materials, and in some cases prints made using these processes and materials now sell for higher prices than prints made with traditional photographic fine art printing methods (e.g. silver gelatin or c-type prints).
We have samples for viewing of all of these papers at our office in North Melbourne. If you're interstate or can't get into the office, we suggest sending a print job down and having a few sample A4s made on the most popular papers - so you can get an idea of just how beautiful these materials are!
N.B. Not all papers are available at all sizes - please see the chart at the bottom of this page for availability details.
Notes on printing with fine art materials from the FAQ - please read these to make sure you understand our processes and what you are ordering.
Epson's Ultrachrome HDR inks are pigment based and offer a very wide colour gamut, and deep velvety blacks. Independently verified longevity ratings indicate the lifespan of these inks (when used on high quality papers) meets or (in most cases) exceeds the longevity ratings of other common colour printing processes - over 100 years for colour and over 200 years for black and white prints before visible fading occurs. The testing methodology used to produce these figures is vigorous and accepted industry wide, and while no one can point to a 200 year old inkjet print just yet, the same methodologies that are used to evaluate display and storage conditions of the world's most valuable art works are now being applied to inkjet prints.
Printing with these inks allows us to make prints that are free from unwanted artifacts and flaws often found in colour processes such as bronzing and metamerism. With these inks we can achieve exceptionally high quality results on a broad range of media types, from high gloss to completely matte watercolour papers, and on materials like canvas as well. Strong blacks, rich shadow detail, and a broad, smooth colour gamut allow for prints of both tremendous subtlety and great power.
With three separate black inks, smooth and neutral black and whites are possible. On some papers, black densities now significantly exceed traditional chemistry papers, giving images of startling luminosity and depth.
This new paper from Hahnemuhle is strikingly beautiful, and ecologically friendly! The world’s first digital Fine Art Inkjet paper made from bamboo fibres combines spiritual photography with environmental friendliness.
This natural art paper with its premium inkjet coating guarantees Fine Art prints with a 3-dimensional image depth and is particularly suitable for warm-toned colour and monochrome prints. Its fine soft haptic also lends a tangible fourth dimension to fine art prints.
A traditional favourite - this paper offers good d-max (black density) and colour gamut. The surface is a lovely smooth matte finish, and the weight/rigidity of the paper at 308 gsm is excellent. The surface has a very slight texture (in fine art terms it is a smooth paper) - just enough texture to give the paper itself a little life, but not enough to impair image detail in any way. Papers don't come better than this, and if you haven't tried it yet you're in for a real treat!
Made from 100% cotton rag, and designed to last several centuries, this paper has been independently tested by Wilhelm Imaging Research in combination with the Epson Ultrachrome K3 inkset and in both colour and black and white offers longevity figures (for properly cared for prints) as good as anything in the industry.
Hahnemuhle Torchon is the textured equivalent of Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, with a classic water colour textured surface. A Torchon paper is one that is quite rigid and has an irregular texture. This paper is perfect for fine-art applications such as artwork reproduction and card making, and suits prints particularly well that rely on mood rather than fine details (think foggy morning shots, forest scenes, that sort of thing). This paper can add a real feel of handmade quality to your work (that can help drive sales!).
German Etching is a white, 100% a-cellulose paper – guarantees archival standards. The mould-made etching paper features a distinct textured surface. With its premium matt inkjet coating German Etching meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper. Compatible with pigmented and dye inkjet systems.
Museo's archival matte paper is 100% cotton rag - and a serious alternative to something like Hahnemuhle's venerable Photo Rag, the king of this market. The two papers offer print quality that is uncannily similar - but if we had to choose, we would choose Museo. We think it is the best fine art matte rag inkjet paper in the world today.
Muso Portfolio Rag is quite smooth, and contains absolutely no optical brighteners.
Since Photo Rag first appeared years ago, many papers have tried to match it, but this is quite frankly the first serious alternative! Excellent colours and d-max bring great print quality to the table. Well worth a try!
Hahnemuhle Rice Paper is a white, 100% α-cellulose, laid finished paper guaranteeing archival standards. With its premium matte inkjet coating Rice Paper meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper, porous coating, making the traditional darkroom paper now available for your digital printing.
The world's most popular inkjet paper - perfect for your day to day printing needs. It's got the classic photo look, and is highly robust, resistant to scratching and smudging - so perfect for albums and other 'high traffic' print contexts.
Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl paper features the very latest HDR (High Dynamic Range) optically clear nanoporous coating and coupled with recent advancements in nanoporous inkjet receiving layer design, makes this the reference media for producing images with superb clarity, high sharpness and excellent colour gamut.
The high-density heavyweight base and smooth pearl finish not only eliminate glare and fingerprints but with its natural photographic white tint, produce prints with the true look and feel of a photograph. For outstanding imaging performance, combined with the benefit of “touch dry” from the printer, this pearl surface media is the “choice of professionals”.
Brought to market in 2013 and immediately winner of the prestigous TIPA award for best inkjet paper, this has a lovely classic gloss fibre based appearance (F-type, in the old language). It has very low gloss differential (much lower than Gold Fibre Silk) - and is actually very good with colour as well.
Fans of traditional black & white products no longer need a darkroom to bring to life their black and white prints. The contrast and transition between shadow and highlight areas is seamless thanks to the unique ILFORD nanoporous coating layer technology and coupled with exceptional Dmax and Dmin values, Gold Mono Silk is capable of delivering deep, rich blacks and bright whites.
This paper has to be seen to be believed, it's really gorgeous. It's a high gloss media with a remarkable metallic pearl finish. With the right images it can really make them sing like no other paper - with a highly three dimensional look.
Platine Fibre Rag is the combination of the premium 100% cotton Platinum paper that Canson has supplied for many years to the original Platinum and Platine photographic market, with the latest microporous coating, making the traditional darkroom paper now available for your digital printing. This really is a great looking paper and while consider a semi-gloss paper, it is really smooth also.
For many years we printed happily on Canson Canvas but when they changed the product to Canson Infinity Museum Canvas, we weren't quite as happy with it, so the search was on for a better canvas.
Coincidentally around this time, Hahnemuhle launched their new inkjet canvas range - and in that range we found Hahnemuhle's Monet canvas - which in effect is an improved version of the old Canson Canvas. Visually the two are very similar, but the new Hahnemuhle canvas is even better. The surface is again a lightly toothed surface that is distinctly canvas yet has been chosen specifically because it can hold very fine detail - second to none in fact. So the results on this canvas remain extremely photographic in quality - although the canvas is equally at home in the graphic/illustrative market, and works well for a lot of art reproduction work too.
Hahnemuhle Monet Canvas is 410 GSM and 100% cotton, and stretches very well. It is completely acid and optical brightener free, for truly archival results. You can stretch this canvas just as with normal canvas. The coating is matte, but you can varnish with classic gel mediums (or use inkjet specific archival coatings) if you desire brush stroke or smooth varnish effects. Hahnemuhle Canvas is quite robust, standing up to regular handling and cleaning.
A self adhesive polyester fabric with a smooth texture, and is perfect for things like signage, wallpapers, wraps, etc - many, many uses, and the adhesive is amazing - non marking, removable, very re-useable. It can be placed in all weather conditions and it will not shrink or curl like vinyl. It won't rip or wrinkle and can be pulled apart if it folds over during installation.
These prints are only available on a 42 inch roll and can be printed up to a maxium width of 1 metre.
Perhaps not quite in the same league as our other options, but capable of high quality results and useful none the less.
These prints can be fixed to just about anything, including as book covers, signs, wall coverings, furniture, you name it. All you need is a relatively flat surface, and you simply peel off the backing and stick. The print quality is very good and the prints are very durable, capable of withstanding significant outdoor exposure. The vinyl is totally matte, so offers very low glare properties, but you can of course laminate the prints to achieve gloss should you desire it.
These prints are only available from a 24 inch roll and we do not offer sheet printing on vinyl.
Polyester based clear film perfect for signage applications (e.g. decals in windows), or for use as the film for screen printing.
These prints are only available from a 24 in roll at the moment - if you need bigger let us know and we'll see what we can do.
The Epson machines can handle all sorts of media, and if you'd prefer to use a particular paper or surface of your own not listed here, this is very possible. You will need to call us to discuss this (we will need to check media compatibility and make sure there is no risk to our printer), and we will produce a quote for your particular job.
We will require paper samples (a minimum of 4 A4 sheets) and 24 hours to produce an accurate profile for the paper before we can do the printing job.
Pricing from then on for prints will be 10% lower than the costs for prints on Photo Rag, as you're supplying the media, but of course most of the price mostly reflects the ink and time costs incurred in making prints.
NB the media MUST be inkjet compatible (for water based inks, NOT solvent based!) - it does not necessarily have to be a coated media, but very fibrous media can be damaging to the printer. If in doubt, show us a sample before you buy a lot of stock!