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How nice it is to be able to save memories in photographs! But it's even better to have these photos on good quality photo paper. Everything looks sharper and crisper. This time Monederosmart brings you relevant and detailed information about photo paper, so that the past doesn't fade with time.

With our help you will never choose a poor quality product, because here at Monederosmart we think about your well-being. We take care of making for you the best product reviews with maximum detail, this will help you decide between one product or another. Don't waste any more time, your questions will be answered below.




First the most important thing

  • Photo paper is the right paper to print or print the best possible photos. It is also very useful when it comes to newsletters, brochures, illustrations and other graphics. You will not achieve the same quality of colours, nor the same sharpness in the grey scale with other paper.
  • You can find two types of photo papers. The first is photo paper for printers, which retains inkjet and laser inks well. While the second one is the photo paper for instant cameras which does not need any inks.
  • The size, thickness, opacity, glossiness, finish and uses of the photo paper will determine the quality of the paper. Of course, this all depends on your needs. By giving these elements the importance they deserve, we guarantee you a top quality purchase.

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Buying guide: what you need to know about photo paper

Looking for the best photo paper? After taking a look at this section you'll be more than ready to make that purchase. And if you take into account everything we'll tell you in this buying guide, you're sure to get the best.

A photo shoot becomes reality when it is transferred to photo paper. (Photo: lightfieldstudios / 123RF)

How to use photo paper in a printer?

How to use and place photo paper in a printer is one of the first steps to achieve our goal of printing a cool photo or newsletter. Whether you have glossy or matte paper will depend on the type of printer you have, but it is common to put the paper with the glossy side facing up.

If you put your fingers on the glossy side you can get it dirty

When you pull the page your printer will deposit the ink on the glossy side creating a spectacular image. Be careful when removing the sheet, we recommend you wait a few minutes if you did this procedure with inkjet. If you put your fingers on the glossy side of the paper, you may smudge it or damage the ink.

Photo paper for printers or instant cameras - what should you pay attention to?

There are different types of photo paper and not all of them are intended for the same device. We feel you need to know the differences between photo paper for printers and paper for instant cameras, as many of them don't even work with the same technology.

For printers. Photo paper for printers allows you to take photos in various sizes and in high definition. In addition, you can also print newsletters, brochures, advertisements and much more, in full colour. In terms of quantity it is cheaper than instant camera paper. Perfect for inkjet or laser printers.

For instant cameras. This paper is usually smaller and is not injected with ink, nor is it printed by the laser printer's toner. Instant cameras use a photosynthetic emulsion that reacts to the touch of the paper by reflecting the image taken by the light. This paper needs special treatment.

For printers For instant cameras
Sheets per pack 100 sheets approx 20 sheets approx
Operation Inkjet and laser Photosensitivity
Sheet size (average) Letter (216 x 279 mm) 88 x 108 mm
Price Min. 130 MXN Min. 200 MXN

Which paper should I choose, glossy or matte?

The million dollar question when it comes to choosing the finish of our photographic paper is which paper is better for me, glossy or matte? It really all depends on what you are going to use your photos for. If you want to bring out the colours and keep this photo in your home as a keepsake, glossy paper is the best choice.

However, glossy paper is not good for outdoors as it reflects too much light, and gets damaged when you put your fingers on it. Matte works for sharper "blacks", ideal for displaying in bright light (perfect for brochures and graphics). The downside is that it is very opaque and does not give spectacular colours.

How to clean photo paper?

It is typical that our fingerprints get stuck on the photo paper after printing or taking a photo, and it is very irritating. Don't panic, here's how to clean it. If you are dealing with old (developed) photographs, you can use a cotton swab dipped, just dipped, in isopropyl alcohol.

Try to wipe it gently over the surface of the paper, you will see how the photos will be impeccable again. On the other hand, if you want to clean the photo paper with an inkjet print, make sure that the ink is not water-soluble. If it is not, you can confidently clean your paper with warm water and a cloth that leaves no residue.

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of photo paper

To get the best photo paper for your projects you need to take into consideration many factors, which we will discuss below so that you don't miss out on any relevant details - your next purchase will be the best!

Uses

The first thing to consider when buying photographic paper is what you will use it for. By knowing this small but important detail, you will be taking a big step in choosing the best option for you. Use is the first purchasing factor.

Capturing moments. If you want photo paper to remember the special moments in your life, we recommend buying glossy paper for printers, and any type of paper for instant cameras. These tend to give you great colours and a retro look that few can resist.

Print graphics and illustrations. For professional and office use, i.e. for graphics and illustrations, it's always best to use a matte-finish printer paper. Not only will you have a more durable paper, but it absorbs ink much better to ensure sharpness and has no annoying reflections.

Exhibition and project photography. If you want to give your project a more personal and warm look, it's good to use zink or i-type photo paper for snapshots. In case you are looking for something more professional you can choose matte paper for inkjet or laser printers.

Size and weight

Now we are getting into the big league factors, size and weight largely determine the quality of the photo paper. In addition, many personal or professional projects need a specific size of paper to get them done.

Size. The size, when it comes to photo paper is very varied, you could get from 26 x 37 mm to 105 x 148 mm, usually instant camera paper. Also, you have larger sizes; from 148 x 21v0 mm up to 1682 x 2378 mm for printers. You choose the one that suits your needs.

Weight. Although not everyone pays attention to weight this is an important quality of photo paper, the heavier the paper, the bigger it is, the thicker it is and this determines the strength of the paper. A good photographic paper weighs between 90 and 270 grams, and many manufacturers make a point of informing their customers of this.

Opacity and brightness

Experts in photography and printing on this paper usually pay attention to two important characteristics, opacity and brightness. Both are decisive when it comes to the quality of photographic paper, so you should consider them.

Opacity. When you see that a paper is translucent, i.e. you can see through it, you should be suspicious immediately. When you are going to print on it, it is possible that the ink will go through it and it will be completely damaged. The more opaque and thicker the photo paper is, the more likely you are to get a better photo.

Brightness: Have you noticed that many photographic papers have brighter whites in their description? Yes, whites have a range of "brightness". This is used to achieve different finishes, for example if you want a photo with very vivid colours, an extra bright white is better and if you are looking for a retro photo, a low brightness is better.

Did you know that according to a study by psychologist Arthur Aron at New York University, seeing your partner's photo reduces pain by up to 44%? Imagine if you use quality photo paper!

Finishing

The finish of the photo paper is, without a doubt, another aspect to take into account when getting this product. Each of these provides different characteristics and qualities to your photograph or illustration. Check which one is best for you (although if you can choose all of them, all the better).

Matte. Matte is an opaque finish that sharpens blacks and greys and gives a sharp outline. This photographic paper does not get as dirty as the others and does not reflect light as much, which is a plus if you are going to use it in an exhibition or billboard. More and more people are opting for matte.

Satin. This paper is similar to glossy, which you will see below, but it has its advantages in the brightness of the colours. Especially in warm colours such as red and orange. If you are looking for good photos with gradients, this photographic paper is the one for you.

Glossy. Glossy photo paper (gloss) provides more vibrant colours that allow you to keep memories as if they were from yesterday. It is the most popular paper on the market and is mostly used for decoration photos and flyers. The downside is that they reflect light and get dirty very easily and quickly.

Zink. Zink photo paper is used for instant cameras and works by the method of photo sensitivity (light reflections and development). They do not need any kind of ink or laser toner to make their mark. Popularly marketed by Polaroid and HP.

(Featured image photo: scanrail / 123RF)

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