As part of our ongoing series looking at paper choice, we are looking at the Hahnemühle test packs. As in one of my past blogs which looked at the Hahnemühle textured test pack (view here) I have been testing the papers contained in the Fine Art Smooth test pack and looking at which images work best on each of these papers.
Hahnemühle produces a full range of beautiful papers which must be held in the hand to truly get the full experience. The Smooth Fine Art range of papers are based around the world famous Photo Rag 308. The papers within this range are as follows:
Hahnemühle Photo Rag®
Hahnemühle Photo Rag® is one of the world’s most popular papers and the valued all-rounder for high-quality FineArt inkjet printing. The white cotton artist’s paper, with its characteristic, wonderfully soft feel, boasts a lightly defined felt structure, lending each artwork a three-dimensional appearance and impressive pictorial depth. Combined with the matt premium inkjet coating, this paper produces outstanding prints that feature brilliant colours, deep blacks, striking contrasts and perfect reproduction of detail. This acid- and lignin-free classic meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance and is specially designed for FineArt applications. Whether it is used for FineArt photography or art reproductions, the ideal combination of structure, print quality and weight makes Photo Rag® one of the most versatile FineArt inkjet papers. As a special highlight, the Photo Rag® 308 is also available with hand-torn deckle edges on all four sides. The result is exclusive prints which truly come into their own in a shadow box frame.
Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Bright White
Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Bright White is a bright white cotton art paper with an inkjet coating specially tailored for FineArt printing. The lightly defined felt structure and characteristic soft Photo Rag® feel gives every FineArt print an incredible depth and three-dimensional appearance. Combined with the matt premium inkjet coating, this produces impressive FineArt prints boasting vivid colours, deep blacks and extraordinary reproduction of detail. The bright white of the paper also creates particularly brilliant results for high contrast images. The acid- and lignin-free Photo Rag® Bright White meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance and is perfect for reproducing FineArt photographs and works of art.
Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth
Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth, another addition to the Photo Rag® family, is an especially smooth and silky soft paper for high-quality FineArt inkjet printing. The white cotton art paper has a discreet, very finely textured surface with a strikingly silky feel. The matt premium inkjet coating guarantees extraordinary print results with impressive reproduction of colour, detail and very deep black. Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth is versatile and produces impressive results for FineArt photography as well as art reproductions. The acid- and lignin-free all-rounder meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance and is perfect for high-quality black and white FineArt prints.
Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Duo
Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Duo is a FineArt inkjet paper, coated on both sides, in proven Photo Rag® quality. It is ideal for producing high-quality FineArt portfolios and albums. The white cotton paper, with its smooth, pleasantly soft texture and lightly defined felt structure, combined with the matt premium inkjet coating, produces extraordinary print results. It boasts brilliant colours, deep blacks and outstanding reproduction of detail on both sides. The acid- and lignin-free Photo Rag® Duo meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance and is a double-sided FineArt printing classic.
Hahnemühle Rice paper
Hahnemühle Rice paper is an ultra-light, cellulose based FineArt inkjet Paper with an optimised inkjet coating for FineArt printing. The white, lightly textured paper does not contain optical brighteners, but its subtle laid lines make this paper stand out. The matt premium inkjet coating produces excellent print results, with vivid colours and deep blacks. The paper is Lignin and acid free, making it incredibly age resistant.
These papers are all in the Fine Art Smooth Test pack on offer from Hahnemuhle and can be found on the Fotospeed website here. The pack comes in two different sizes, A4 and A3+, each containing 2 sheets of each paper.
For one week only between the dates of 9th Feb to 16th Feb 2023 we have 10% off all the Hahnemühle ranges, just use the discount code below on Fotospeed.com.
If you are wondering what subjects would work on these papers, in this week's YouTube video Tim has taken a look and asked the question; Which images work best with Smooth papers? To watch this new video, click the link below or click here.
So, if you are looking for a new paper to try, watch Tim’s video, get some inspiration, and pick up one of the Hahnemuhle test packs. As always if you have any questions or need any advice, please email us or give us a call.
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