Choosing the Right Paper
Whether you’re printing artwork, photography or display graphics, choosing the right paper for your image can make all the difference, and help turn something average into something extraordinary.
Mike’s Camera offers three categories of material, Photographic, Fine Art and Specialty. Each category has a description of the different paper types and properties that we offer, and will hopefully make choosing the appropriate paper for your image much easier.
Premium Luster – Wedding, portrait and school photographers have traditionally used luster paper for their photos. This paper produces vivid, lifelike images that rival those of traditional silver halide prints. Premium Luster Photo Paper delivers highly saturated prints by offering maximum ink coverage and a high D-Max for true photographic reproductions. Available up to 44” wide.
Premium Glossy – This paper has a high gloss finish that is perfect for printing your favorite cherished photos and enlargements and works great with sharp detailed images. This paper is smudge and water-resistant with a smooth, bright white, resin coated stock. Available up to 44” wide.
Premium Semi-Matte – Highly saturated, high-resolution images can now be displayed on an elegant, understated semi-matte finish that minimizes glare, while maximizing presentation quality. It creates highly saturated prints by offering maximum ink coverage and a high D-Max for true photograph productions.
Available up to 44” wide.
Enhanced Matte – For photographers seeking a flat matte surface, Enhanced Matte Paper is the ideal choice. This bright white paper is perfect for images that do not require gloss. It yields highly saturated images, while maintaining excellent highlight and shadow detail. Hobbyists, professional photographers and digital artists alike will find Enhanced Matte Paper a remarkable solution for any project.
Available up to 44” wide.
HP Super Heavy Weight Matte – When the job requires professional full-color graphics and photo-realistic images this heavy, matte-finish paper delivers excellent highlights and rich shadow details. Available up to 59” wide.
HP Everyday Satin – With a wide color gamut and dynamic range on a bright-white base with a satin finish, this photo paper draws added attention to the image. This paper delivers high quality photo images and is an economical solution for poster printing. Available up to 59” wide.
Fine Art Papers
Somerset Velvet – This 100% rag, acid free paper has an exceptional color gamut and high D-Max. The velvet surface is a favorite of photographers and artists alike, offering a unique museum quality feel. Available up to 44” wide.
Smooth Fine Art – This acid free, 100% cotton rag paper has an ultra smooth finish and bright white surface, with an extremely high D-Max for high contrast in both B&W as well as color reproduction prints. This bright white smooth cotton fine art paper has a heavy 330gsm weight and bright white color that lends itself well to fine art prints that require vibrant and rich colors. Available up to 44” wide.
Textured Fine Art – An acid free, 100% cotton rag media with a bright textured finish that adds a certain dimension to your image. This paper has an extremely high color gamut and black density. Available up to 44” wide.
Exhibition Satin Canvas – An acid free, lignin free heavyweight cotton-poly blend, this elegantly textured canvas features a semi-gloss satin surface with a bright white point, exceptionally high Dmax and wide color gamut. The canvas base is enhanced with elastic polymers providing high tensile strength and flexibility for gallery wrap stretching without cracking. Available up to 44” wide.
Silver Metallic Paper – Designed with an incredible Dmax and rich color gamut, this smooth, high-gloss, photographic paper features a unique metallic surface that provides extreme sharpness and depth. Available up to 44” wide.
HP Vivid Color Backlit – Combining both durability and versatility, HP Premium Vivid Color Backlit Film achieves maximum color impact. Its porous coating allows for superb ink adhesion with razor-sharp images. This economically priced film sets a new standard of reliability and performance for backlit displays. Available up to 59” wide.
HP Matte Polypropylene – Produce prints with vibrant color and eye-catching image quality across a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications. This tear resistant matte polypropylene material provides excellent versatility and value across a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications. Great for Pull-Up banners and it’s recyclable! Available up to 42” wide.
Enhanced Matte Poster Board – This bright white poster board is perfect for short-term signage and displays. Offering the same surface as the Enhanced Matte paper, it yields highly saturated images, while maintaining excellent highlight and shadow detail. Available up to 30×40”
HP Opaque Scrim Vinyl – Deliver brilliant image quality with durable, opaque vinyl banners. Water and tear-resistant displays remain vibrant and provide flame resistance with NFPA and CA1237 approved fire certifications. Can be laminated for outdoor use. Available up to 59” wide.