Since we got a home of our own we have been slowly but surely receiving photo frames from friends and family. As we got married last year this lead to another influx of photo frames that were beautiful and it would have been a shame to leave lying around unused. Sometimes we needed to print photographs. This meant loading the photographs on to a memory card and taking a trip to the town just to print off one or two photographs. At 40p per time as well as the time lost having to travel to the town I starting thinking about alternative ways that I could update the photographs in my frame without having to go to the town or wait for delivery from Snapfish.
My husband came up with the suggestion of using photo paper with our inkjet printer and he found this photo paper with 40 sheets costing around £5.00. This was considerably cheaper per photograph than what we had been paying in Asda and we did not have to walk up to town any more to print off photographs. This price seemed reasonable to me and it is still about the same now.
This paper is nice and thick and I was surprised by the quality of this. Despite it being a Kodak product I guess I was not expecting it to be amazing, I'm not sure why?! The paper is fantastically glossy and is quite lightweight too. I would say that this paper looks just as good as any other photo paper I had from Snapfish or Asda so I was very pleased in that respect. When we started to use it to print photographs they came out very well and looked great too. We have not had any problems with smudged photographs or photographs missing colour. In fact as soon as the photograph had finishing printing it was dry and was ready to go in to a photo frame straight away! This is very impressive and is a huge plus point for me! I can be quite impatient and when I decide to update my photo frames I want to get it done straight away!
Overall I would say that this photo paper is fantastic. The price is very reasonable. It is much cheaper than visiting my local store or having photos printed and posted to me as well as being much more convenient and quicker. The quality of this paper is fantastic, our prints look great and we are able to update our photo frames with brand new photos within minutes of taking them (if we want to!). The price of this paper is very reasonable and we can always order it online if we do not want to go out to collect it.
~Photo paper from Kodak~
As the owner of a Kodak printer that I have had in use for a number of years I feel it makes sense to opt for Kodak photo papers when I can, as they should hopefully give the best results with my printer and inks. I have used a good number of Kodak branded photo quality papers in the past and still have a selection of these ready for use should I need them. The small and compact size of these papers being just 100mm by 150mm means that they can be used with my printer with ease, as they fit in to the built in photo paper tray that can be slotted in place when it is being used. They are a good size for a photo and have a nice smooth finish to the front side of the paper which can give good home printing results.
~Using the product~
I have found that these photo papers are generally of a fair quality with the weights being the main thing that differs. The lighter and thinner the paper the more flimsy the finished photo will feel, so it is always best to opt for the right weight of paper for the type of photo you want to print out. If I am going to print out photos that will not be handled very much and will simply sit in a photo album or small frame then the lighter paper can be a cheap and easy option to go for. This is the case as the paper thickness and weight doesn't matter as much if it will immediately be stored away, although the photo paper has a more flexible feel to it that can crease more easily once out of the frame or album.
A thicker Kodak photo paper is a better choice if you will be sharing photos amongst friends and family or handling them often, rather than having them set in to a photo album that will protect them from knocks or bumps. The thicker papers are less easily creased up during handling in my opinion. The finished effect with these photo papers really does depend on the inks and the printer that they have been used with as I have sometimes had mixed results when using them when I had a few printer issues.
In the past I had a brief issue with the print head on my printer not working as it should and during that time I found that the photos that came out of the printer when using these papers were not of a good quality, with the finished photos looking a little cloudy with a poor colour blend. Once the print head on my printer was replaced I found that the results were greatly improved, with these papers giving nice clear and clean looking results which I was far happier with. I used Kodak inks with these so I cannot comment on how other printers or inks would work with these photo papers.
I have found these photo papers to be easy to handle as they come in a simple Kodak branded pack that holds them safely ready for use. The pack colour is bright and easy to locate on an in store display which I feel is quite helpful. I would recommend that you store these papers away from direct sunlight so as make sure they are in tip top condition once you are ready to use them. The slightly glossy feel of the gloss finish papers is something that I feel works better with some photos and not as well with others. There is a slightly more matt finish option that you can use in the Kodak range if wanted and I have found these are better for quite a number of the photos I have printed.
~Price and rating~
As far as I recall the cost of these small sized paper packs is around £3.99 which is not bad value for 40 photo paper sheets, although Kodak do make larger packs that offer far better value in my opinion. I would be more inclined to go for the larger packs as they do work out cheaper in the long run if you are going to be printing more photos. As these Kodak photo papers have in the main given good results when I have used them I feel a rating of 4 stars is fair here. I have used a wide range of Kodak products and feel that most are of a good quality.
We have always preferred to print pictures rather than just storing them on a memory stick and also now that we have a young daughter there is a clamour from relatives to be updated on her progress and also framed pictures make a nice gift from her to them at xmas time. This paper is more expensive than standard printer paper but for photo's it is top quality and well worth the expense. The last lot I bought was on offer at £3.95 for 40 sheets which is about a pound cheaper than the normal retail price and it works excellently with our inkjet printer.
The paper has a nice thickness to it and I have been impressed with how clear and well defined the pictures are on it, just like the quality you get from a professional developer. The paper has a glossy finish on both sides so it does not matter which way up you load it into the printer and it weighs 190 g/m2. The glossy coating is what helps make the picture image sharp and the colours bright when printed so that the picture in front of you replicates the one on your screen. It is 6" by 4" which is the standard image size you get from a photo lab and thus will fit a wide variety of frames.
The images are safe to touch straight from the printer as the ink has completely dries and the quality of the pictures are great and they seem to last pretty good as well, the first baby shots that we printed still look the same today as they did back then. Given the reasonable price this is a good quality product from a brand you can trust. I have not encountered any problems with it at all. Admittedly I have only really used it for close up portrait shots, how the quality would be on scenic shots I cannot comment on and of course the image will only be as good as the picture taken and will also be affected by the quality of your printer however for my needs this is an affordable and reliable photo paper to use.
We enjoy printing out various pictures of the kids and the family to send to relatives etc in our Xmas cards during the festive period. Many of our elder relatives don't really have computers and hence, this is the only real way that they can have mementos of how the kids grow up in between our visits to them. But to ensure that we get a good quality print from our inkjet printer, we tend to use a fairly good quality paper, often referred to as photo or picture quality paper. Now once you get into this market, prices can vary wildly, with manufacturers each claiming to provide the best quality available to give you the ultimate photo print experience. But I've been using this Kodak Picture Paper for a number of years now, and for the price of around £5 for 40 sheets, it has proved to be a very high quality photo paper for inkjet printers.
The main difference between ordinary printer paper and photo quality paper is that the photo quality version is slightly thicker and a little more dense. When you print with inkjet printers on ordinary paper, the ink will soak slightly into the paper, not so noticeable on straight text printing, but when you print a picture with lots of colour saturation and ink, the lines tend to blur as the ink soaks in, and often through the paper. Conversely, photo quality paper is denser and heavier, and often has a coated surface to stop the ink soaking in so much. Hence, you get a sharper definition with pictures when you print using a photo paper.
With that understanding of how things work with photo paper, let's now look at this Kodak Picture Paper. First off, you'll notice that the paper is a lot thicker, weighing in at 190 g/m2 whereas most ordinary printer papers are around 80-90 g/m2. In terms of feel comparison, it is perhaps just slightly less thick than the paper used by your local photo developer to print your holiday snaps on to. You'll also notice that it has a crisp whiteness to it with a glossy finish on both sides, which is that special coating I referred to to stop the ink soaking too far into the paper. The paper size is a standard photo size of 150 mm by 100 mm (6" by 4").
In use, you need to bear in mind that the actual quality of the finished product will also be dependant on the output quality of your inkjet printer. In my case I use a fairly good quality Epson printer (Printer/scanner/copier which cost around £100) and set it to print photo quality on to the Kodak paper. In that mode, coupled with the paper quality, it does produce some very vivid quality images. Colour saturation is excellent with no bleed through the paper or across the colours. Equally, all lines and definitions are consistently sharp and precise, which is primarily driven by the quality of the paper to stop the ink soaking through. One really good point of note with this paper is that the printed output dries quickly, almost instantaneously as it comes out of the printer, even with quite an intense colour saturation.
One of the frustrating things that you sometimes get with photo prints from an inkjet is that after a while, the prints can begin to fade, which is often a sign of a poor quality paper. But in the case of this Kodak paper, I've still got some prints in frames that I printed nearly 2 years ago, and they still look very good with no obvious signs of fade.
In summary, whilst this Kodak paper may not be the top quality expensive stuff that many may yearn for, for the price you pay, the quality is actually quite good. The glossy coating allows for sharp vivid photos to be printed with ease, and yet the paper appears to be durable enough for the photo to last for some time. Hence, a 5 star recommendation.
There are loads of printing papers available to buy these days, many of which are expensive premium varieties that you'll end up paying over the odds for. If you simply want a good (but not top) quality print, then Kodak's Glossy Everyday Picture Paper for Inkjet may be just the job. The product *isn't* a premium photo paper - more of an intermediate that sits halfway between the ultimate quality stuff and standard office paper. Similarly, the paper is one of Kodak's older lines - so it can often be found on eBay incredibly cheaply. From Amazon, you can currently pick up a pack of twenty-five 100 x 150 mm sheets for £5.
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First off, it's important to note that to get the best out of the paper you'll need to be using an inkjet printer, as this particular product isn't compatible with laser models. The paper (as you've probably guessed from the title) is glossy, and has a smooth finish. I couldn't find any indication of how fade-resistant the paper is on the packaging, but I can't see any discernible colour changes on the prints that I've done more than a year ago. Thickness-wise, the paper is 165g/m, which is chunky enough to give it a feel of quality whilst not being quite as thick as the photos that are produce in the lab.
Quality & Use
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In my experience of using Kodak Glossy Everyday Picture Paper, i've found that colours are reproduced with a rich saturation and crisply printed - although the latter has as much to do with your printer as anything else. One thing that's great about this paper is the fact that it dries almost instantly, so there's no real waiting around before you can handle the prints.
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Overall, Kodak Picture Paper for Everyday Prints isn't one of the company's newest products, but it's a decent performer nevertheless. It's especially good for layout work where standard plain white paper isn't quite good enough. The paper performs similarly to HP's 'Brochure Paper', which is also priced at around the same amount. To be honest, I do prefer the HP stuff - but mainly because it's more readily available.
In the current climate, there are very good deals to be had using online photo printing websites, however sometimes you don't want to have to wait for your pictures. Kodak picture paper is a great choice for home printing.
The everyday glossy paper can be bought online for around £2 for a pack of 25 sheets, so it works out at around 8p per sheet.
The paper is good quality and the gloss finish creates a great effect for home prints. The images printed are sharp and the colour quality is good.
The thickness of the paper and the image quality means that the photographs are comparable to traditional prints and it is difficult to tell the difference especially when the photos have been framed.
When I am home printing, I use photo software to enhance the image before printing. I have a Canon Pixma printer and I use the manufacturer's ink. The ink for the printer is reasonably priced however if you are printing lots of photographs it can be quite hard on the ink and it tends not to last as long. However when you factor in the low price of the paper, you still get a great quality print for a reasonable price.
Kodak have been in the photography business for donkey's years, everyone has most probably heard of them and some of us are old enough to remember the old Box brownie camera's from the 50's and 60's.
When many companies' have fallen by the wayside Kodak has hung on in there and are now as they have always been innovators in photographic technology. With the advancement of the digital revolution there was obviously a need for some quality accessories to accompany the Cameras which can now take some astounding photographs.
To make the most of your digital imagery you need several things, you need a quality camera, decent software to edit and sort you photographs, and you need a quality paper to print your masterpieces on. A decent camera and quality paper will produce a decent photograph, but a quality camera and quality paper combined with good software will produce that masterpiece you have been striving to create. Even when you do not require the best quality it always advisable to use quality paper to achieve a good result.
Kodak paper has been specifically designed to bring out the best in your images. The paper comes in various sizes depending on your requirements but for the purpose of this review I shall be discussing the A4 version of this product.
It comes in packs of 25 sheets and is contained in a cardboard envelope to protect the contents. When I purchased mine it cost me £5.49 which works out at 20p per print, but shopping around might well get you a better deal. Once you take into account the price of your ink etc it works out in the region of 25p -30p per print, compared to current shops prices for digital prints this is a bit more expensive, but has the advantage that you have done everything from start to finish to get that perfect print. It does however compare very favourably with the price of prints from your standard 35mm camera.
The paper is of 190 GSM which means that is of very good quality. The GSM value is a measurement that gives an indication of the graininess of a paper. The higher the GSM the less grainy the paper basically. A normal paper for text and simple graphics is of about 90 GSM so you can see from the difference in values that this paper is far less grainy than the normal good quality used for basic purposes.
It is 180 microns thick and has a glossy surface which enhances the look of your finished print. A non glossy finished paper is also available. I have used this paper on a number of occasions and found that it does indeed make a big difference to the end product. The images are far sharper and clearer, and the colours come alive. I have used cheaper versions of this kind of paper too and although they produce an adequate result it does not really compare with the quality I received whilst using this paper.
The prints made with this paper will last a very long time with very little loss of sharpness and colour. As with most photographs it is best to keep them out of bright sunlight as this has an adverse effect on the photo and cause it to lose its original crispness.
If I only require a quick print to show someone something at work or something then I would opt for the cheaper version but for that special print of that someone special only the best will do. So in summing up I find this paper to produce an exceptional print at what I generally consider to be a reasonable price. It is very easily found at good photographers and shops like Dixon's and Currys.