Glossy inkjet photo paper, usually the most popular, has a lustrous finish, giving the photograph a vivid look. It is usually a smooth touch and has some glare. Matte photo paper gloss is relatively low, and have excellent text effect. Matte and gloss printing is to feel the touch of different, but when displayed under glass, they often look similar. A paper that imitates canvas texture; imitates the appearance of an oil painting. Photo paper is usually a high brightness, neutral white paper, but white paper is available.
Such as offset printing and traditional photographic printing, glossy inkjet paper has the highest color concentration (or Dmax), and therefore has the widest gamut. Photo paper has different service life and color gamut. When used in conjunction with a particular paper, the ink supplier usually provides color characteristics for the ink system. Life depends on the specific combination of ink and paper. To achieve maximum service life, the paper substrate is “wood free” (i.e., woody, but not lignin), or based on cotton, or a combination of both. Plastic substrates also exist.
A variety of art inkjet photo paper to meet the needs of professional photographers and artists. These papers share many of the features of traditional watercolors, prints and photographic papers. The design of art ink jet paper conforms to the standard of longevity of traditional art paper: they should be neutral pH, without lignin, without fluorescent whitening agent. Art inkjet paper is different from traditional art paper, which includes coatings designed to receive and retain ink. Art paper is usually made from rag paper (100% cotton is the most common), but can also have alpha cellulose matrix. Some descriptions and comparisons of art inkjet paper are here, here, here and here. Some exquisite art paper is made by moulds, while others are made by machines, and may vary greatly on the surface texture. Many art paper can be pre cut or rolled.
There is no official inkjet paper industry standard that defines gloss, half gloss, etc. even though the present scale can be used in offset printing, the gloss of the paper is used. HP, EPSON, and Kodak all use their own terminology to describe their paper, such as HP, advanced gloss and gloss (EPSON) and Ultima (Kodak).