What Paper should I choose for Fine Art Printing?

Fine art printing generally refers to the printing of artwork or photographic prints that are meant to be displayed as pieces of art, rather than just as documents or images. In this case, the best paper to print on will depend on the specific medium of the artwork, as well as your personal preferences and the intended use of the print. Here are a few options to consider:

  • For printing photographs, a Satin Luster (Lustre) or Enhanced matte photo paper is a good choice. These papers are specially designed to produce high-quality prints with vibrant colors and sharp details.
  • For printing artwork that is created using watercolor paints, a watercolor paper is recommended. These papers are designed to absorb water without warping or wrinkling, which helps to preserve the integrity of the artwork.
  • For printing artwork that is created using oil paints, a canvas material is a good choice. These have a textured surface that is similar to canvas you would paint on, and can give your prints a more traditional, artistic look.
  • For printing digital artwork or illustrations, a heavy weight fine art paper such as Hahnemühle Photo Rag is recommended. These papers are made from high-quality materials and are designed to produce prints that have a professional look and feel.

We do not generally suggest a Glossy Paper (we carry it) but it is subject to scratches, fingerprinting, and over all kinks and damage, with very little handling. If your project requires it we certainly will print glossy!

Ultimately, the best paper to use will depend on your specific needs and preferences. It may be helpful to do some research and experiment with different types of paper to see which works best for your needs. Feel free to stop in and see our wall of paper samples, to touch and test each one!