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Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster and Premium Photo Paper Glossy compared

I just got a box of 50 sheets of Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster (the Signature Worthy type). When I compared the output to that on Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy, the luster paper exhibits a 3D "pop" feel that simply isn't present on the glossy paper. Even more amazing, the prints were produced using an Epson WorkForce office inkjet printer (with DURABrite Ultra inks) and not something like a 3880 (which uses UltraChrome K3 inks), and yet the color saturation and clarity are among the best I've ever seen. Bronzing, where darker parts of a print appear matte, is not an issue on the luster paper but can be on the glossy paper.

This shows pretty clearly how the right paper can make a big difference in print quality. Even on a printer not specifically designed to produce professional-quality photos, the difference is very obvious.

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I have used epson papers for a long time, I print on the premium luster (using rolls) for my gallery prints - fantastic paper!
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The Ultra Premium Luster has given me great results and I feel little temptation to try other papers. Adorama sells 50 13x19 sheets for around $75, or only $1.50 per sheet. The craft store next door to Adorama wants $125 for the same box.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DragonLord Quote
paper can make a big difference in print quality
Your so right it's absolutely huge the difference it can make, if you get a chance try some of the Hahnemühle Papers.

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Your so right it's absolutely huge the difference it can make, if you get a chance try some of the Hahnemühle Papers.
That's probably not worth it. As I said, I only have an office printer (specifically an Epson WorkForce WF-3540), which I occasionally use for photo printing. While the output is great, it isn't meant to handle high-end fine-art papers of this sort. I'll continue to use the Epson luster paper, no doubt, but this is pretty much as far as I would go. Rag papers are rather wasted on this sort of printer. Perhaps in a few years' time, I'll get a professional photo printer and use these papers.

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That's probably not worth it
No what I meant by saying "if you get a chance try some of the Hahnemühle Papers", was for you maybe take one of favourite images along pro print shop, have it printed again on the likes one of Hahnemühle Papers.

The difference with using decent papers as you've already said in amazing, this step up again IMHO is quite staggering and it comes with the added bonus you can hang it on the wall afterwards.
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