Choosing the best photo paper for your inkjet photo printer isn't easy. There are so many brands to choose from and the manufacturers own products are so expensive - Are they worth the extra? The only way to find out is to make tests
I use a composite image with a variety of different subjects to make it easier to compare output from different printers on different papers. If you’re serious about your print quality, I’d suggest making a composite like this. It’s relatively easy to do in Photoshop and will be a big help when you come to setting up a new printer or type of paper. I always judge the quality of test prints after at least 24 hours as there are subtle changes in colour balance and Dmax - the deepest black - over the first few hours. These changes are in fact a problem with all printers.
You can’t really judge the colour quality immediately the print is produced, as, although some change more than others, they all change a little. Canon prints are the worst for this, often emerging looking slightly flat and with a magenta colour cast, but, after about 20 minutes, the magenta fades, the blacks deepen and you start to see the real result. Epson prints tend to lose a little saturation and end up slightly lighter than they first appear. So you have to wait. So if you’re making your own tests, or printing some really important photographs, wait at least 15 minutes, longer if possible, before making any fine adjustments to colour.
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