by Anthony Clark
Nowadays, photographers have unlimited options to choose from when looking for the best papers for their computers’ printers. To those who print photos, brochures, flyers, or even those looking to produce superior-quality images with more vibrant colors and tack sharpness, glossy papers should be on their consideration list.
But wait, what’s glossy paper and how is it different from the traditional printing paper?
Glossy papers simply refer to special types of printing papers coated with polymers or a mixture of other materials to impart specific qualities (e.g., weight, smoothness, surface gloss, ink absorbency, etc.) to the papers.
Before we can embark on printing on glossy paper, let us start by understanding various glossy papers. They include the following.
These are the shiniest papers available in the market. They are meant to offer sharper images with more vibrant colors and the crispest resolutions.
Their downside is that they can be hard to view, especially when there are excess lights – due to glaring and reflection effects.
These are also called satin finish, and they fall in between glossy and matte papers. The papers offer almost the same benefits as glossy papers (for example, bright colors, sharp resolutions, etc.); however, they aren’t ideal for crafting and displaying behind glasses.
Matte printing papers can either be coated or uncoated. Compared to glossy papers, matte has no shiny finish, and they tend to soak up ink. Consequently, they don’t reproduce vibrant colors and give less sharp images. They have an added advantage in that their images are easier to view under bright lights.
Now that you know what glossy papers are let us find out how you can use them to print photos, brochures, or whatever project you wish.
When intending to use glossy paper for your printing needs, you should start by ensuring you have the right type of glossy paper that will work with your specific printer.
To ensure you have the right sort for your printer, read the specifications on the packaging carefully.
To make sure your printing tasks go successfully and with minimum effort, it’s recommendable that you begin by cleaning all the rollers on your printer.
Never attempt to proceed without proper cleaning of the rollers, or you will experience hard times trying to feed the glossy papers to the printer.
If you’ve never done this before, kindly consult with your printer’s user guide manual and learn how to clean rollers properly.
For a stress-free glossy paper printing experience, avoid feeding more than one page through the printer simultaneously. Such kinds of papers are typically thick, so feeding them through may be tiresome.
Also, feeding more than one piece of paper to your printer can cause them to stick together due to the static electricity they might generate. This is usually the case, particularly when the humidity is somewhat low.
For the same reason, also avoid stacking glossy papers in the printer’s papers tray – ensure you feed a single page at a time.
Once you feed a single piece of paper on the printer and have it printed, don’t be in a hurry to remove it from the paper’s tray. Instead, allow it enough time to dry and then remove cautiously (hold the edges) from the paper’s tray before feeding another page for printing.
After your glossy paper pages are printed and taken out of the paper’s tray, place them on flat surfaces where they can dry further. Experts recommend that you do this before touching and inserting them into page protectors.
Now that you’ve known how to print on glossy paper, it would be wise to understand the condition under which you should prefer glossy papers over traditional printing papers.
Generally, you can use glossy papers when printing things such as:
According to most photographers, printing photo using glossy paper has more benefits than with ordinary papers. With the former, you get sharper images with more vibrant colors and appealing looks.
If you intend to print promotional materials for your business (for example, business cards, brochures, flyers, etc.), glossy paper can help to add something extra. You must, however, make sure you get the right type of paper.
Keep in mind that a glossy paper meant for printing promotional material needs to be different from printing things such as photos. In this case, photo glossy papers tend to be thick, while on glossy paper, your promotional materials are a bit lighter (this is to allow easy folding or bounding)
Compared to other sorts of printing papers, printing on a glossy paper offers many superior benefits such as:
Although the papers offer many benefits, as highlighted above, there are also some bothering issues that you should note when making your decision.
Whether you are looking forward to printing the brightest and crispest images or creating stunning promotional pieces, nothing will outsmart glossy papers. Give them a try today, and we bet you want to use them over and over again.
About Anthony Clark
Anthony Clark has always had that wierd passion for digital drawing and printing since he was little. He would just wander around in his parents' house in Phoenix, Arizona; drawing various things with his older digital tablet. Be it just a memory collection or a portay of just about anything: object, parents, school, events, etc. He received his BA in Graphic Design at San Jose State Universiry at the heart of Silicon Valley. Now Mr. Clark is really excited to present his expeirence coupling with some colorful dips to help shape it the future of printing.