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I have some lovely pictures that I have taken with my camera, they are a bit arty where I have tried out different techniques. We wanted to have them printed poster size so we could display them in some nice frames on the landing. My friend has a printer that can print really good quality A3 prints so all I needed was some large paper to work with.
==Price and availability==
The pro platinum paper comes in A4 or A3 size, the pack of A3 that I bought cost £35.00 and I bought it from Amazon.
The sheets measure 13 inch x 19 inch which is just slightly bigger than the regular A3 paper so that you can have a border if you want. It makes it easier to mount with a little extra to work with.
The paper is really thick and is finished with a metallic gloss coat that makes your pictures come to life.
The paper is really thick so it does not curl, even when saturated with colour. The paper does take a lot of ink and takes a little while to dry. We were using the paper with a high quality ink jet printer, I guess for the best results you should use a more professional printer but despite this the images we produced were crisp with clean cut lines and extremely bright and vivid colours.
Once the ink dries on the paper, the colours are remarkable and the gloss of the paper really gives the picture a professional finish to it. The paper is thick too so this has a really luxurious quality to it that is hard to achieve from other papers. This is one of the first A3 photo papers that I have used and now I am used to this high quality, I'm not so sure that I could use a different one. We have three lovely pictures now of Prague on the landing, one with a little black cat streaking it's way across a cobbled street with the reflection of a tower in a puddle. This is such a great picture and one of my favourites. It is brilliant that I have been able to bring it to life in this way. The depths of the colours and the sheen of the paper are enchanting. If you want to sell professional papers then I can certainly see the advantages of using this paper. It has an expensive feel to it. Yes, the paper is not cheap but it works out a lot cheaper to make your own pictures and the quality speaks for itself.
It may seem costly, but this paper is certainly worth the money once you see your pictures in print. I can fully recommend this paper. The images have remained bright and vivid, despite being on display.
As a part time photographer....somewhere between an accomplished amateur and a junior professional....anything which improves the overall appearance of the final image is something which I rate very highly. The last time I attended the In Focus exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, I had the opportunity to view examples of the Canon Photo Paper Pro Platinium - and since using this paper, for important jobs, I wouldn't use anything else.
Okay......first things first.....let me upfront about the fact that this paper is not cheap and it wouldn't be the kind of thing I would purchase to print out cute snaps of my children playing on the beach! I recommend that you don't consider doing this either unless your children happen to be called Brooklyn or Lourdes and you have money burning a hole in your pocket!! An A4 (210 x 297 mm) version costs around £16 and an A3 version of this paper costs nearer 20. In each packet you only get 20 sheets and so its not difficult to work out that you're getting on to paying around £1 a sheet - which isn't cheap by any standards! I tend to buy mine direct from my local specialist photography supplier, but I have seen this for sale on the ever trusty Amazon as well.
The paper is, in basic terms "white", but it is the type of whiteness with is fairly neutral and so doesn't take on a colour of its own. I sometimes find with other photo paper that the white is kind of a vivid or bright white and therefore this contributes to the resulting colour - which isn't what I want because I want the colours to be natural and authentic. The Pro Platinum enables me to achieve this and I am able to be as certain as possible (with printer callibration) that the colour is as true to reality as possible......or at least as true to my desired colouring.
The paper is 300gsm and so its thick and sturdy and incomparible to the really thin and flimsy 90gsm paper that seems to frequent the shelves! I think thicker paper like this feels like so much better quality.
The reason that Canon says that this paper works so well is because the layers of the paper are separated into a colour reproduction layer, an absorbing layer, a chromogenic enhancing (resin-coated) layer. In "english" this basically means that the ink is absorbed quickly and into the thin ink-recieving layer on top - and therefore the colours are more vivid and richer with a higher resolution. I do find that the finished product is greatly enhanced by the quality of the paper that is used - and with this in mind, I believe that the Pro Platinum is, to date, the best photographic paper I have chanced upon.
In addition to this, I find that the colours do not fade or deteriorate and so basically I can be fairly certain that what I achieve at the outset is what remains several years later. Again, with cheaper papers, I have seen the colours and sharpness of the images fade.
Overall, I would recommend this paper for anyone who takes their photography seriously and who has some important photos to display. Again, I wouldn't use it for snaps (or I'd be bankrupt!!) but for something special, it really is worth it.