Power of Print

Printers, Papers and Custom Art Options for Photographers

October 22, 2019

By Greg Scoblete

Printers and Papers

Editor’s Choice: DNP Luxury Media

DNP’s Luxury Media is compatible with the company’s DS620A and DS820A dye-sublimation printers and consists of both Metallic and Silver Pearl media. According to DNP, the Silver Pearl media is “engineered specifically to enhance the subtleties of portraits” with natural skin tones and softer edges. Both the Silver Pearl and Metallic papers are available in 5 x 7-, 6 x 8- and 8 x 12-inch sizes.

Price: $167+

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Hahnemühle Natural Line

Hahnemühle’s Natural Line consists of two new papers. The first is Hemp, which comprises 60 percent hemp and 40 percent cotton fibers, with a white base and matte coating. It has a lightly textured felt structure and no optical brighteners. Next up is Agave, which consists of 70 percent agave fiber and 30 percent cotton. You can expect a rough yet “delicately defined” surface with a matte coating. It’s acid- and lignin-free, has no optical brighteners and is suitable for both dye and pigment inkjet printers. The line also includes a bamboo-based paper.

Price: TBD

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Epson SureLab D870

The new SureLab D870 uses Epson UltraChrome D6r-S six color, dye-based inks. Unlike many event printers, the D870 uses inkjet, not dye-sublimation, technology. You’ll hit print speeds of up to 430 4 x 6-, 275 5 x 7-, or 140 8 x 10-inch photos per hour. The D870 accepts square and panoramic media with a minimum width of 3.5 inches and a maximum size of 8.3 x 39 inches (and everything in between). It can print on glossy, luster and matte surfaces. The printer weighs in just north of 50 pounds, before ink and media are loaded in.

Price: $2,495

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Epson Legacy Textured

This inkjet paper is created from a mould-made paper base that lays cotton fibers down randomly, which Epson says virtually eliminates curl. It has a heavily textured surface with a matte finish that simulates old-world, handcrafted watercolor papers, according to the company. The paper is 100 percent cotton and weighs 310 gsm. It contains no optical brighteners and accepts a high ink load. It’s sold in cut sheet sizes of 8.5 x 11, 13 x 19 and 17 x 22 inches and in 50-foot rolls, in widths ranging from 17 to 60 inches.

Price: $45+

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Canon Creative Media for Pixma Printers

If you’re looking to make some novel photo creations, Canon’s creative media for its Pixma line of printers could fit the bill. The media includes Restickable Photo Paper, Magnetic Photo Paper and an Instagram-esque square Photo Paper Plus Glossy II paper. Both the Restickable paper and Magnetic paper are sold in 4 x 6 inches. The Glossy II is available in 3.5 x 3.5 inches.

Price: $6+

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Finishing Touches

Editor’s Choice: Bay Photo Lab Deckled Edge Framed Prints

Bay’s new Deckled Edge Framed Prints are available in a choice of three Fine Art Papers (light, medium or heavy texture) with optional borders and hand-torn edges. There are 23 optional frame mouldings to choose from including nine Float Frames, plus Reveal Mats in six widths and 12 colors. They’re available in sizes from 8 x 8 to 30 x 40 inches.

Price: $75+

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Chromaluxe Textured Photo Panels

The new Textured Photo Panels give a more dimensional feel to Chromaluxe’s metallic prints. Glare and fingerprint free and scratch resistant, the panels are available for desktop or wall mounting. You can order the panel in a 1/4-inch tempered hardboard or a 5/8-inch medium-density fiberboard. The former is sold in 5 x 5- through 8 x 10-inch sizes and include a dual keyhole and kickstand slot for mounting. The fiberboard versions are sold in sizes ranging from 5 x 7 to 30 x 40 inches.

Price: set by partner labs

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Millers Lab Personalized Foil Cards

If you want to give your photo cards an eye-catching sheen, check out Millers’ new Foil Cards. These custom cards can be produced in one or two days and are available in 5 x 7 or a business card-sized 2 x 3.5 inches. They feature printed raised foil on one side—you can print on the other side, too, it just won’t be foil. You can select gold, silver of spot gloss finishes.

Price: $0.70+ (5 x 7), $28+ (business cards)

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WhiteWall Wall Art

WhiteWall has recently expanded its wall-art options with a new circular shape, plus 6-, 8- and 12-sided prints. The new shapes can be produced in a variety of WhiteWall’s output, including their Print Under Acrylic Glass, HD Metal Print, Direct Print On Aluminum Dibond, Direct Print On Wood and Forex Print. The new shapes are sold in sizes ranging from 7.9 x 7.9 up to 39.4 x 39.4 inches.

Price: $18+

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H&H Color Lab Edge Metal Float Blocks

H&H’s new Edge Metal Float Blocks are sold in three metal finishes: brilliant, with a glossy white base; matte, with a matte white base; and aluminessence, which features a brushed silver base. You’ll have four color tones to choose from including black and white, cool brown and warm sepia and color, plus a wide array of block wrap materials and colors. The Edge Metal Float Blocks are available in square sizes from 8 x 8 to 30 x 30 inches and in vertical or horizontal orientations in 8 x 10 to 30 x 40 inches.

Price: $59+

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Printique Full Metal Albums

If you love the look of metal prints, Printique’s Full Metal Albums are a must-see. The glossy white metal is sublimated with your image, so the surface is heat and water resistant. The spine and back are made from a firm leather lux, and the album uses a lay-flat binding. You’ll have 13 color choices and options for thick or extra-thick photo paper. You can spring for Landscape albums in 8 x 10 and 12 x 15 inches, or square-format albums from 6 x 6 to 12 x 12 inches. There’s also a 10 x 8-inch portrait option.

Price: $189+

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AcrylicPress.com Dimensional Logo Sign Kit

Give your personal brand a boost with AcrylicPress’s Logo Kit. Inside you’ll find a 16 x 24-inch dimensional logo sign, a coast set and luggage tag all festooned with your logo. There are also ready-to-hang signs for your studio that features a raised layer in either 1/8- or 1/4-inch acrylic with an aluminum backing, a bevel and either a glossy or non-glare acrylic finish. Shipping is free in the continental U.S.

Price: $145

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Leather Craftsmen UV Laser Imprinting

If there’s anything cooler than lasers, we haven’t found it. Leather Craftsman uses a new UV laser imprinting process to create custom logos and art for their albums. The laser guides UV-cured ink onto the cover material (or spine) for a distinct and durable finish. Any album can get the imprinting, though the pattern must use a non-metallic color.

Price: $75

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Artifact Uprising Baby Board Book

Babies love few things more than books (maybe drooling) so they’re sure to love Artifact’s Baby Board Book. The 5.75 x 5.75-inch book has a sturdy matte-laminated cover with 1/16-inch semi-gloss pages. You can order the book with 20, 30 or 40 pages and select from pre-built design themes or custom-build your own design.

Price: $30+

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