Lusting for Luster: The Latest Inkjet Papers

October 27, 2014

By Theano Nikitas

Hahnemühle Pearl 310 and Silk Baryta
Hahnemühle’s been busy lately, and if you’re a fan of this company’s paper, it’s time to check out the new Photo Pearl 310 with its bright white base and pearlescent finish. For photographers with a yen for the look and feel that recalls silver halide, the Silk Baryta provides a familiar silky gloss with a creamy base that offsets deep blacks. Both papers come in cut sheets and up to 50-inch rolls.
Prices: Photo Pearl, $21-$300; Silk Baryta, $27-$270

EDITOR'S CHOICE: Moab Juniper Baryta Rag 305
Juniper Baryta Rag 305, with its true baryta coating on a 100-percent cotton fiber base, offers the rich density of traditional FB-type paper, natural whites, great shadow details and a slightly textured surface. We printed a couple of sample images on the double-weight paper and fell in love.
Price: TBA for sheets from 5 x 7 inches to 44-inch rolls

Canson Photo Lustre
This new paper from Canson Infinity features a scratch-resistant soft lustre finish. The highly opaque 310gsm paper, available in 25-sheet packs and up to 60-inch wide rolls, has an extra white base to bring out highlights, dries instantly and is compatible with pigment and dye inks.
Price: starts at $21

IT Supplies Elegant
IT Supplies’ private label Simply Elegant line may be off the beaten path, but its papers are definitely worth your ink. The latest in the line includes a Metallic Canvas, Fiber Gold 310 and a Premium Luster. The Metallic Canvas is particularly interesting, but baryta lovers will want to check out the Fiber Gold 310 first.
Price: starts at $11

Epson Luster and Glossy Metallic
Classic papers will always be part of photographers’ repertoires, but some images (and clients) demand an extra oomph. Available in Luster (a semi-gloss finish) and Glossy for an extra pop of color, both deliver the sharpness and depth that special images deserve.
Price: $24-$439

FineArt Baryta Satin
Introduced at this year’s Photokina, Hahnemühle’s FineArt Baryta Satin continues the trend of silver halide-like papers. The latest in Hahnemühle’s line features a satin finish with extreme dMax (or maximum black). The 300gsm paper is acid-free, has no optical brighteners and works well for both black-and-white as well as color images.