Photo Paper Choices

The following are from Epson's website.

Bill Collins comments in italics.

Epson Metallic Photo Paper Glossy

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.

(Metallic paper gives a look that is unique to this category of paper. Dedicated track or spotlighting with Gloss or high gloss lamination and clear acrylic glazing are the best choices for metallic paper. Luster finish laminating and non-glare acrylic work well if the lighting is a mix of daylight from windows and table lamps and or overhead lighting at night. Black and white looks fantastic with this paper as does color. We use Epson and Kodak metallic papers.Bill Collins)


  • Metallic, glossy finish
  • Resin-coated paper base
  • 10.5 mil sheet and roll
  • Brightness 81%
  • Whiteness 95%

Epson Hot Press Bright   

An acid free, 100% cotton rag media with a bright smooth finish. This paper has an extremely-high color gamut and black density.

(This paper duplicates the look and feel of traditional darkroom papers from Agfa and Kodak and is superb for Black and White images. Because of the matte finish and 100% cotton rag composition, this paper does not work well with lamination so acrylic glazing is required if you choose this paper. Bill Collins)


  • Smooth Matte Finish
  • 17 mil (sheet)/ 16 mil(roll)
  • 98% Opacity
  • 96 ISO Brightness
  • Acid Free
  • pH Buffered

Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper   

Some of the world's greatest photography has been produced on this paper. A true fiber-based, photographic paper, perfect for professional color and black-and-white prints. This is one of our highest-end photographic papers.


  • Gloss Finish
  • 12 mil Thickness (rolls)
  • 13 mil Thickness (sheet)
  • 111 ISO Brightness

 ( A paper that has the look and feel of high silver content traditional darkroom papers with a gloss finish. All 3 laminating choices and both acrylic glazing choices work well with this paper. Bill Collins)