Glossy photo paper is shiny, ultra-smooth and gives a sharp, vibrant finish ideal for printing photos. Images printed on glossy photo paper have high intensity colour and wide colour gamut. It’s important to use the correct photo paper for your printer i.e. laser gloss paper in a laser jet printer and inkjet gloss paper in an inkjet printer. Glossy photo paper must be handled with care as it can easily be marked with fingerprints and dirt.
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Glossy Photo Paper Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Laser and Inkjet glossy photo paper?
Answer: Glossy photo paper is 'shinier' than matt photo paper, reflecting light well. Glossy photo paper depicts colours more vibrantly and for many, glossy photos are the standard for colour prints that people are used to seeing. Glossy prints do, however, smudge more easily and pick up visible fingerprints and dirt. In situations where photos are going to be handled frequently, you may prefer to print on matt photo paper.
Can I print on glossy photo paper on both sides?
Answer: Glossy Photo Paper is far superior when it comes to its light-reflecting abilities, which essentially means that the final printed photograph will be of finer quality compared to Semi-Gloss Photo Paper. However, Semi-Gloss is more resistant to dust and fingerprints, so is more suitable for photographs that will be handled regularly.
How long does it take for glossy photo paper to dry?
Answer: In order to allow the photograph to dry fully, you should leave it for 24 hours and ensure that you do not lay any additional printed documents on top of it.
Can I get glossy photo paper in A4 size?
Answer: Yes, Glossy Photo Paper comes in a variety of sizes, including the most common A4 size. Additionally, you can purchase it in sizes of 4x6 inches and 5x7 inches, which are both very popular sizes for scrapbooks and albums.
Does glossy photo paper come in different brightnesses?
Answer: Generally speaking, the brighter and whiter the glossy photo paper is, the lighter your printed photograph will be. However, be aware that some paper manufacturers use artificial whiteners, which can develop a yellow fade over time.
Is glossy photo paper suitable for archivability?
Answer: Some Glossy Photo Paper has been specifically designed to last over 100 years and if you are looking for ways to store your priceless family photos for future generations, look for paper that is chlorine and acid-free.
Which GSM weight glossy photo paper do I need?
We recommend 120-150GSM for budget photos that you do not intend to keep for long (flyers and leaflets)
150-200GSM will feel heavier and is suitable for finer prints
Anything over 200GSM is ideal for family photographs, destined for the photo album
Can I print text, as well as photographs, on glossy photo paper?
This is possible on photo paper. However, we do not recommend using photo paper for lengthy text documents, as it is a costly way to print.