The best archival art papers to print your photographs or illustrations

The best archival art papers to print your photographs or illustrations





1. C-Type Fuji matt  

Fuji Crystal archive paper with a semi-matt finish. The paper is coated with a slightly stippled texture giving a very natural photographic finish with subtle colour. Great versatile paper, very natural and works well with all photographic images. Maintains colours in a very natural way, giving a detailed, 3-dimensional beautiful photographic reproduction.

Weight (gsm) 321
Finish: Slight sheen / satin
Paper tone: Bright white
Texture: Smooth


2. C-Type Fuji gloss

Professional colour paper from the Fuji Crystal archive range with a gloss finish, which accentuates the colour to give a punchy, rich feel. Gives your image more contrast, glossiness and a punchier colour feel when compared to Fuji Matt, although it maintains tonal properties and accurate reproduction.


Weight (gsm) 246
Finish: Medium gloss
Paper tone: Bright white
Texture: Smooth


3. C-Type Fuji flex

Fuji Flex, a.k.a. super-gloss, has a plastic feel to the paper with a warm base colour and an ultra-high gloss finish, giving luxurious rich colours. Very high - deep blacks & high visual contrast.


Weight (gsm) 255
Finish: high gloss
Paper tone: warm white
Texture: Extra smooth


4. C-Type Kodak Metallic 

Kodak Metallic has a rich metallic base. The colours have a reflective, metallic and 3-dimensional feel. High mid-tones & highlights add luminosity & iridescence.


Weight (gsm) 242
Finish: medium gloss
Paper tone: slight silver metallic
Texture: Smooth




1. Canson Aquarelle

Canson Aquarelle Rag is another highly textured Giclée art paper in our range, offering strong reproduction of blacks and good colour intensity with a texture that holds the ink and catches the light. This Giclée paper has a white uncoated paper base, which together with the texture gives the artwork a lovely fine art reproduction feel. The texture is even more pronounced than Hahnemühle German Etching so if you are really looking for the craft feel, this is a great option. Like the German Etching, the Canson Aquarelle Rag is a robust paper that handles mounting well.

Weight (gsm) 310
Finish: Matte
Paper tone: Warm white
Texture: High texture
2. Canson Baryta 


A pure white Baryta base paper with excellent black density, contrast and reproduction of detail. Great for high contrast images, as well as fluorescent and vivid colours. The Baryta base creates whiter whites and deeper blacks whilst the silky smooth reflective coating enhances the detail and definition of the images. We recommend care when handling the print as is a sensitive paper and we advise that you add a border to the image if you would like to have it mounted.


Weight (gsm) 310
Finish: Light gloss
Paper tone: Bright white
Texture: Extra smooth


3. Epson Semi Gloss


A great all-round paper, chosen for its photographic aesthetics, vibrant colour reproduction, high contrast and robust feel. Its semi gloss, flat surface lends the artwork a photographic feel, combined with the subtle painterly feel of a Giclée fine art print. Our most lightweight paper of all Giclées. The surface is resin coated making it our strongest paper.


Weight (gsm) 260
Finish: Semi gloss
Paper tone: Bright white
Texture: Extra smooth


4.Hahnemühle Bamboo


Bamboo is the world's first digital fine art inkjet paper made from bamboo fibres. Bamboo represents naturalness and resource-saving paper production. Particularly suitable for warm-toned colour and monochrome prints.Hahnemühle Bamboo is made from 90% Bamboo fibres and 10% cotton combining photography with environmental friendliness. This natural warm-toned, smooth surfaced and optical brightening agent free genuine art paper offers maximum ageing resistance. It guarantees an extremely large colour gamut and high colour density.

Weight (gsm) 290
Finish: Matt
Paper tone: Warm creamy yellow
Texture: Smooth
5.Hahnemühle Pearl



Hahnemüle Pearl has a smooth orange peel texture and a bright neutral white base, it creates really natural black and white images and offers vibrant colour reproduction and great detail too. The paper is resin coated with a fibrous feel. The satin finish of the resin coating gives depth to the image which combined with the texture and vibrant colour reproduction give the image the feel of an oil painting. This is one of the most suitable of the Giclée Art Paper range for mounting.


Weight (gsm) 285
Finish: Pearl/Satin
Paper tone: Natural white
Texture: Fine orange feel texture
6.Hahnemühle photorag



The super matt finish of Hahnemüle Photorag makes this paper one of our most popular papers amongst artists, illustrators & photographers alike. The paper gives muted blacks with even colour reproduction, and excellent detail. The surface has minimal texture with a chalky smooth cotton feel which creates smooth colour gradients. It has a delicate surface, so we recommend extra care when handling. Photorag is suitable for mounting but its cotton texture means edges can fray if not carefully handled.


Weight (gsm) 308
Finish: Matt
Paper tone: Off white
Texture: Smooth
7.Hahnemühle German etching 




This heavyweight paper has a slightly warm base tone and a strong mottled texture. It creates a print with strong colours and deep blacks that feel rich and high in contrast. This is due to the texture of the paper enabling it to hold more ink and capture the light. The German Etching is one of our heavier weight Giclée art printing papers. With its weight and strong texture this paper gives an artwork a handmade crafted feel. Hahnemüle German Etching is a robust Giclée paper, meaning it doesn’t tend to fray as much at the edges.


Weight (gsm) 310
Finish: Matt
Paper tone: Slightly warm white
Texture: High textured, spaced


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