The right photo paper brings your work to life! There is a photo paper for almost every requirement. Probably the best known is glossy photo paper, which has a smooth surface similar to a film or glass plate. Due to the smooth surface, colour photos are perceived to be more radiant and contrasty than matte photos. Actually, when two pictures of the same high quality are optimally illuminated, there is no difference between matt and glossy photos. 

Photo paper for holiday photos and memories

This illusion is nevertheless given, as the human eye perceives the glossy image as being richer in contrast. With matt photo paper, the surface consists of a disordered relief and the reflection is distributed over a larger angular range. Matte photos therefore still look good even from viewing directions from which glossy photos already show strong reflections, although they no longer have their full radiance.

Each manufacturer matches its device with its paper so that together the very best results are achieved. With the right photo paper, you can comfortably print your holiday photos and memories at home and archive them for generations. 

When choosing photo paper, it is important that it harmonises with the printer, because not every photo paper produces desired results with every inkjet printer. There are types with swelling and microporous (fine-pored) coatings. Many inkjet printers and multifunction devices print photos with dye ink, while others use pigment ink. So, to achieve the best possible result and ultimately to hold the perfect picture in your hands, many factors play a role and the printer needs the right paper.

Despite the sometimes high costs, photo printing at home has its appeal. Within a few minutes, you have the photo directly in your hand, saving you time waiting for photos from the lab. High-quality paper from device manufacturers can cost between 15 and 45 cents per sheet in 10 x 15 centimetre format. It is somewhat cheaper to choose a paper that is not quite as stable and somewhat thinner, although the print quality also suffers in this case. Photo paper is also available for colour laser printers, but it is not quite as thick as photo board for inkjet printers. However, the slightly glossy surface produces brilliant colours.