The future is very meaningful for inkjet printing, and it is also very strong now because new optical fiber inkjet printing paper is constantly appearing. This is not always the case. Until about 2005, the inkjet printer had two major photographic art paper options: satin, gloss or half-life resin coated (RC) paper; and glossy cotton or wood fiber art paper. Both have advantages and disadvantages.
RC paper (which is rarely used in fine print, I exclude ultra glossy paper) at Canon, EPSON, and EPSON, the highest density of color based presses available on color based printers (Dmax), 2.2 or higher. These papers produce excellent image quality, but there are several problems:
• the appearance of paper in an open portfolio – the main concern is the surface and plastic feel (if it is not a big problem behind the glass).
• longevity concerns, mainly due to some degassing.
Matt art paper
There is no doubt that glossy art papers can produce superb images. The main drawback is much lower than the RC paper (about 1.6 to 1.7). But even in this Dmax, the print looks good in matt art paper. Do not compare these prints to those on the RC paper. Comparing print is, of course, a powerful way to evaluate paper, but it can also confuse things. Matte prints will be cleaned if they are less glossy inkjet paper and printed matter on RC paper.
Printing their own matte may look very beautiful and soft. However, if you place the printside by side, the RC printer will draw attention because of its high contrast. Just listen to loud music, and then switch to a subtle, low volume sound.
The whiteness of the inkjet paper is the same. If you compare a paper with a fluorescent whitening agent (see the note below) with a paper without whitening agents, then the inkjet paper without them will look yellow. In fact, the inkjet paper with a whitening agent looks blue and can even look very positive white (Figure 1)
This initiates the competition for a new inkjet paper that matches the appearance of “air drying”. The first generation of these papers seemed interesting to me in 2006, but never excited me. My main objection is that the surface – some people are acting too strongly. They just can’t match the classic silver paper.