Product Type: Kodak network accessories
Newest Review: ... 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, ... more
£5 for 40 sheets - you can't go wrong with that.
Kodak Picture Paper For Inkjet Prints
Member Name: Randal
Kodak Picture Paper For Inkjet Prints
Advantages: Quality photo paper with a glossy coating.
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.
Summary: A quality photo paper for pin sharp printing.
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