Picking the best photo paper for your photo prints

There’s lots to consider when printing photos. There are lots of photo printers on the market that will do an adequate job and while good quality digital images and a high-quality photo printer are essential when producing the best quality photo prints, picking the right type of photo paper is just as important.

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Epson SureColor SC-P400 Photo InkJet Printer

Spoilt for Choice

There are many different papers available with different finishes, weights and sizes to choose from. Manufacturers often give their own brands of paper unique and interesting descriptions, however, they all broadly fit into a set of generic categories.

Gloss

Gloss coated media has a high-sheen finish and smooth texture which enhances the vibrancy of colour in an image and produces sharp and crisp output. Gloss media is great for all types of colour photos but should be handled with care to prevent marks and smears with fingerprints. Whilst the gloss finish enhances the look of an image, it’s worth noting that from certain angles a glossy paper produces a glare – So make sure you’ve taken time to decide where you’re displaying your photo.

HP Everyday Gloss Photo Paper Image

Matte

Unlike gloss media, Matte paper has a coating that has no sheen whatsoever meaning images printed on matte will often have less colour vibrancy than those printed on gloss. However, this makes matte paper ideal for a subtler finish, especially on black and white images where the low sheen and textured finish make the shades appear smoother and give a professional quality feel to the image. Glare is not an issue with Matte papers nor are they as susceptible to marking or smearing when handled.

Canon Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte Image

Semi-Gloss

These papers are essentially a hybrid of gloss and matte papers and share some of the qualities of both. Whilst the finish is not as shiny as gloss, it has increased colour vibrancy properties when compared to matte papers but without the glare effect of a glossy media. Semi-gloss papers also offer good shading gradation like a matte paper, making them a good choice for black and white imagery as well as colour.

Whilst Semi-gloss is the generic term for this type of paper finish, you may find that manufacturers often refer to them as Lustre, Pearl or Satin finishes instead.

Epson Premium Semi-gloss Photo Paper Image

Specialist and Fine Art Papers

Made in the same way as traditional art paper, fine art media uses a 100% cotton rag that is ideal for reproducing artwork intended for long term display.

Paper manufacturers also make a host of specialist media with a variety of finishes such as Traditional Photo Paper. This replicates the effect of lab developed prints to Hot Press Bright, which is a 100% cotton rag with optical brighteners to bring out the vibrancy of your images.

Which to choose

The best photo paper for your images is entirely up to you of course. However, if you want to retain the most colour vibrancy then a gloss media would likely be the best choice. If you print mainly black & white images, then a matte or semi-gloss will make more sense.

We would recommend experimenting using different types of media so that you can see for yourself which papers really do your photos justice.

You can also check out our full range of photo printers here.

Epson Welcomes Fastest Portable Document Scanner in its Class

On 17th January, Epson welcomed its latest addition to their scanner range, the Epson DS-320 portable document scanner. This contemporary, innovatively-designed machine promises to deliver the fastest speeds in its class, automatic document feeder and much, much more…

Leading provider in imaging solutions, Epson, are confident that this machine will prove its worth in a range of different industries. Brimming with contemporary features and settings for optimum efficiency and performance, the Epson DS-320 is set to attract ‘on-the-go’ businesses in particular.

The Epson DS-320 In Detail

Offering a broad range of productivity-boosting features, the DS-320 is readily equipped with a highly robust software package, including ABBY FineReader, Epson Document Capture and Presto! BizCard Reader, helping to improve organisation for all business users.

For those who are wanting seamless document management and direct scan to a range of cloud services, the DS-320 is ideal. Offering the latest version of Epson’s Document Capture, businesses can enjoy a simplified user interface, allowing easier scan and send facilities.

The DS-320 has been designed by Epson to make it easier for businesses to integrate existing document management software intro their workplace interfaces seamlessly. And thanks to the in-built TWAIN and ISIS drivers, the DS-320 is largely compatible with most third-party software.

Exciting Stuff!

We can’t wait to learn more about this fantastic new machine! At Printerbase, we stock a huge range of Epson products from printers and scanners to high-performance multifunction devices. If you’d like to take a look at our Epson range, click here now.

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HP Planet Partners – 25 Years of Making a Difference

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HP Planet Partners is HP’s pledge to help make the world a greener place through a number of initiatives. Printerbase are extremely proud to support HP’s Planet Partner scheme knowing the benefits and significance this brings to helping achieve a much greener environment.

HP’s commitments range across a wide variety of areas and after hitting its targets for 20% emissions reductions for its operations and supply chain five years early in the middle of 2016, they set three new goals for 2020 including a zero deforestation commitment.

Elsewhere, HP has a return and recycle program, which allows for the simple recycling of HP printer supplies, any brand of computer hardware and rechargeable batteries. Every return goes through HP’s state-of-the-art facilities and through a multi-phase recycling process.

Why HP Planet Partners?

It’s Free – Your ordered return material is paid for by HP
It’s Easy – All the resources you need to recycle are all available online
It’s Responsible – No original HP cartridges returned though HP Planet Partners are ever sent to a landfill and HP never refills or resells cartridges

Products are sorted, shredded and then separated into plastics and metals. There they are processed into their raw form so they can be used in new HP printers, cartridges and many other items.

Did You Know?

  • HP has recycled 682 million cartridges from 60 countries
  • 80% of original HP ink cartridges contain recycled content
  • 100% of original HP toner cartridges contain recycled content

How Do I Recycle My Supplies?

It couldn’t be easier to recycle your HP supplies!

– Head over to the HP Recycle website
– Select which type of customer you are. E.g. Consumer, Small Business, Public Sector Users
– Then simply follow the instructions, print the postage label and take to the post office and you’re all done!

Find out more about HP Planet Partners

Make the Switch with Epson

With the awareness surrounding harmful environmental impact and dangerous eco-emissions now more prevalent than ever before, businesses are keen to develop new schemes and technologies that will help minimise detrimental environment-related issues. And in the world of print, one manufacturer in particular is doing all that they can to ‘go green’, encouraging everybody to get involved and ‘make the switch’ – Epson.

As a brand, Epson have become renowned for their environmental-mindfulness, however, their most recent campaign, ‘Make the Switch’, may just be there most influential and ground-breaking crusade yet. As part of this campaign, Epson are encouraging both large businesses and single home users alike to come together and ‘make the switch’ in a bid to discourage further harmful environmental impact.

In Epson’s words, it’s all about ‘preparing for tomorrow’. The Make a Switch campaign is all about offering customers a fresh perspective on how they can make positive changes to their behaviours and their business. And, by developing innovative printing technologies and processes, Epson are now more determined than ever to make a difference.

To break things down into digestible chunks, listed below are the three crucial areas in which Epson WorkForce Pro machines can pose both environmental and ecological improvements:

Energy Saving

Using Epson’s new, innovative technologies, by making the switch, customers can look forward to guaranteed energy saving. With up to 96% lower energy consumption than lasers, with Epson WorkForce Pro printers, it’s not only about reducing electricity cost, but helping businesses to meet their environmental targets, too. The reason that inkjet printers are so much eco-friendlier than lasers is because inkjets do not use heat during the printing process. And, as a result, they consume much less power than laser printers, which, ultimately, reduces running costs at the same time.

Less Waste

Results founded by independent tests revealed that Epson’s WorkForce Pro models produced as much as 94% less waste than copiers and lasers. Unlike lasers, these machines do not emit any ozone gases, and there are also significantly fewer replaceable parts and consumables than comparable lasers, too. In a bid to keep costs to a minimum, Epson offers a variation of ink cartridge sizes that guarantee to make prints look superb, and are completely hassle-free to replace.

Easy Integration

Epson’s range of WorkForce Pro machines have been specially engineered to deliver simple management and configuration features. With Epson, users can manage and control an entire fleet of printers and scanners with complete ease. Plus, thanks to the easy installation, maintenance and troubleshooting processes, increased productivity and cost savings are guaranteed.

And the statistics speak for themselves. By making the switch, customers can look forward to experiencing all of the following:

  • 92% less Carbon Dioxide than lasers
  • 96% more energy efficiency
  • 94% less waste than lasers
  • Total Green technology with no ozone gas

As part of their social responsibility, Epson are striving to cut CO2 emissions by a whopping 90% across the lifestyle of all of their products by 2050, but they’re adamant that this can only be achieved if everybody gets on board.

There’s never been a better time to make the switch, and at Printerbase, we stock a range of fantastic Epson machines so that you can do exactly that. Click here now to view our full selection of single and multifunction machines from Epson.

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Happy switching!

The Printerbase Team

Are the toners from the Xerox 7800 and 7500 the same?

Over on our YouTube channel we explored the Xerox Phaser 7500 and 7800 and how they differ from one another. Coming out of this and the feedback we received, we wanted to just explore the topic of the Xerox toners and if you can use the same toners across machines.

Our tech gurus got their heads together and explored this a little deeper and we can confirm that the toners are different and cannot be used in each other. The Xerox Phaser 7500’s toners must be used only in the 7500 and the 7800’s toners must only be used in the 7800.

Xerox 7800 and 7500 Toner Differences

Below are some examples of the toners from each machine. You can see that the toners are different in size and therefore not compatible.

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The other toners are the same in size and shape but they have locator pegs on the ends that prevent them being inserted into the other machine. The plastic gears are also different. Even if you could get them to fit, the security chip would prevent its use.

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Also, the formulation of the toner will likely be different as well due to differences in the fusers and drums. This means that even if they could fit and you could get around the security chip, it’s highly likely that the print quality would suffer.

We hope this helps! Check out more videos on our YouTube channel here.

The Printerbase Team