Compare the Look and Feel of Inkjet Photo Art Papers at PhotoPlus Expo

During PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo in New York Oct. 26-28, many sessions will discuss mind-scrambling imaging technologies such virtual and augmented reality. But if you prefer the timeless pleasure of viewing a well-crafted photographic print, you will find lots of inspiration in booths that show inkjet photo art papers.

The newest inkjet photo printers from Canon and Epson will be displayed at PhotoPlus Expo, along with a slew of excellent inkjet photo art papers, canvases, and display products from Moab, Innova Art, and Hahnemühle. You can see, touch, and compare their latest offerings and see superb examples of great photographs on different types of fine papers. And, if you time your visit right, you may meet some of the renowned photographers behind the featured images.


Moab will be showing their new Flint portfolios. Available for either 8.5 x 11 in. portrait-mode pages or 19 x 13 in. landscape-mode pages, the screw-post portfolios easily convert collections of printed images into stunning presentations. Printed images can be changed out without a lot of time or effort.

Flint portfolio by Moab

Innovative adhesive hinge strips can be applied to any Moab Paper. Each portfolio can hold 25 sheets. The pages are bound between matte-black acrylic exterior panels that resist scratches and fingerprints. Watch a video demonstration of the Flint portfolio on YouTube.

Moab will also show their new Entrada Rag Textured 300 fine-art paper. It is the first addition to Moab’s renowned Entrada papers in more than 10 years. The 100% cotton, 300 gsm, 22.5 mil paper has a warm tone and subtle texture. The defined, but restrained, texture enhances the printed image without being distracting. It provides a Dmax and tonal range that are unparalleled for cotton matte paper.

Use Entrada Rag Textured to make archival fine art photography, art reproductions, portraits, or high-end posters on Epson, Canon, or HP professional inkjet photo printers that use pigment inks.

In his review on the Moab Paper blog, Moab Master photographer Harold Davis writes that “The primary difference between Entrada Rag Textured and the original Entrada Rag Natural is, of course, the texture of the surface. But what you have here is an elegant, refined texture—not an over-the-top ‘watercolor’ paper.” He suggests that, “the images that work best with Entrada Rag Textured are artful, and intended as art (as opposed to, for example, journalistic-style imagery).”


Innova Art will be celebrating the collaborative creative process at PhotoPlus Expo. Innova staffers will be joined in the booth by photographer Jim McHugh and urban artists Joe ‘Prime’ Reza and David ‘Big Sleeps’ Cavazos. The three men have been collaborating for the past three years. During live painting sessions, Big Sleeps and Prime will be painting their own distinctive lettering over photographic prints by Jim McHugh. Each piece will then become an original piece of art.

 Art samples by Jim McHugh, Joe "Prime" Reza and David 'Big Sleeps' Cavazos

Collaborative art by Jim McHugh, Joe “Prime” Reza, and David ‘Big Sleeps’ Cavazos

Booth visitors can attend live Q&A sessions with the artists and learn more about how collaborative art projects can work. A limited number of attendees can take home signed, limited-edition prints on Innova archival inkjet paper.

The Innova team will be on hand to explain how to choose the media type best suited for your work. Archival inkjet media from the Innova Editions, Fine Art, Photo Art, and Canvas collections will be on display so you can see and feel the difference between the materials.

Products from Innova Art’s JetMaster® Display Systems line will also be on display. With the JetMaster Photo Panel, you can create frame-free displays. With the JetMaster PhotoWrap, you can make dimensional displays that look like canvas wraps, without the use of stretcher bars and other tools.  You can create these displays in just a few minutes and send finished, ready-to-hang prints to clients, family and friends.

Hahnemühle USA

Hahnemühle will be showing their complete line of Digital FineArt and Photo papers and canvases, including  their two newest inkjet canvases: Hahnemühle Goya Canvas and Hahnemühle Cézanne canvas.

Close up of Hahnemuhle Goya Canvas

Hahnemühle Goya Canvas

Hahnemühle Goya canvas is an easy-to-stretch, satin canvas that does not require varnishing after printing.  This 340 gsm, natural white, poly-cotton canvas is acid-free and archival, in accordance with ISO 9706 standards for museum longevity requirements. With its premium satin inkjet coating, Hahnemuhle Goya canvas meets the highest industry standards for density, color gamut, color gradations, and image sharpness. It is free of optical brightening agents (OBAs).

Hahnemühle Cezanne canvas is a natural white, 100-percent cotton canvas with a finely woven, elegant surface structure. This 430 gsm canvas contains no optical brighteners and is acid-free and archival according to ISO 9706 standards. This high-quality canvas provides extraordinary elasticity for use with stretcher frames and performs well with Hahnemühle varnish. It produces extremely vibrant colors and deep blacks and is compatible with wide-format inkjet photo printers that use aqueous dye or aqueous pigment inks.

On Friday, October 27, Hahnemuhle booth visitors can meet the creative team behind the unique and beautiful portraits of dancers featured in the NYC Dance Project.  The project is a collaboration between renowned fashion/beauty photographer Ken Browar and Deborah Orly, who has a background in dance and editorial photography.

Cover of The Art of Movement BookEach portrait shoot is prepared as though it were a dance production. Attention is paid to every detail, including the movement, lighting, and feeling of each photograph.

Browar and Orly have published a coffeetable book about The NYC Dance Project, as well as a deluxe boxed special edition that includes a signed and numbered print on Hahnemühle paper.

About PhotoPlus Expo

Sponsored by PDN magazine, PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo was founded in 1983, and is the largest photography and imaging event in North America. Nearly 20,000 professional, amateur, and emerging photographers, enthusiasts, videographers, students and educators from around the world attend the conference and expo, which is held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

This year’s show features over 100 educational seminars, photo walks and master classes, filmmaking and drone sessions, portfolio reviews, technical awards. At the show, you can touch, try, and compare thousands of products from more than 200 exhibitors and brands.

Call Freedom Paper for Details

Freedom Paper sells many popular inkjet photo and art papers from Hahnemuhle, Innova Art, and Moab. If you would like more information about the products shown here or on our website, please call us at 866-310-3335


What Printer Users Should Know About National Forest Products Week

sustainable forest

Every year since 1960, the President has proclaimed the third week of October to be National Forest Products Week. At Freedom Paper, we believe everyone who buys paper for their wide-format inkjet printers should be aware of some of important statistics that will be highlighted during this year’s National Forest Products Week from Oct. 15-21.

In his proclamation, President Trump said, “During National Forest Products Week, we recognize the invaluable contribution forest products make to our daily lives, the forest products industry’s importance to our economy, and the incredible beauty and recreational opportunities provided by our Nation’s woodlands…Our Nation is blessed with millions of acres of forested lands. These lands produce abundant renewable and sustainable natural resources that support our economy. They provide 2.4 million jobs, primarily in rural communities across America, and produce products that help improve our everyday lives.”

celebrating forests

The proclamation also notes that, “America’s thriving forest products market helps protect and preserve our abundant forests for future generations. Demand for forest products encourages landowners to replant and maintain healthy forests, knowing that through proper stewardship and responsible management, our precious forests will continue to contribute to our economic prosperity and quality of life…We acknowledge and celebrate the many uses of our parks, forests, and woodlands, and we honor the dedicated Americans who work to ensure our forests remain productive and magnificent for future generations.”

Pulp and Paper from Sustainable Forests

In a blog post about National Forest Products Week, Phil Riebel of Two Sides North America encourages Americans to “Celebrate the Sustainability of Paper from Well-Managed U.S. Forests.” He notes that wood products are not only used for paper and packaging but also for furniture, homes, railways, and fuel. Wood cellulose that is released when wood is processed into pulp is used to make products such as ping-pong balls, sports helmets, nail polish, and synthetic fibers for clothes and towels.

He explains that growing healthy, growing forests are an important part of our culture and play a key role in absorbing carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen, and storing carbon over time.

Many forest products, such as pulp and paper, come from sustainable forests, which have increased in size since 1990. Forest area in the U.S. increased from over 302 million hectares in 1990 to about 310 million hectares in 2015. (A hectare is 10,000 square meters or 2.47 acres.)

A fact sheet about sustainable forest management says the notion that going paperless saves trees gives a false impression that forests are a finite resource that is being destroyed: “In truth, North American forests are a renewable resource that is continuously being replenished using sustainable forest management.”

By providing a dependable market for responsibly grown fiber, the North American paper industry encourages landowners to continue managing their forestland instead of selling it for development or other non-forest uses. Studies have shown that the areas of the world that consume the least amount of wood experience the greatest forest loss.

Plus, pulp and paper-making plants have made substantial progress in increasing their use of renewable energy sources and reducing their carbon footprint. According to a fact sheet on energy usage in paper-making, “Roughly two-thirds of the energy used by North American pulp and paper mills is self-generated, using renewable, carbon-neutral biomass in combined heat and power systems.”

When paper and printing are responsibly produced, Two Sides North America believes that print on paper can be an effective, powerful, and sustainable way to communicate ideas and information.

Six Tips for Preventing Paper-Related Inkjet Printing Problems

Wide format inkjet printer with print

If problems such as paper cockling, head strikes, or slow print drying affect your ability to efficiently produce high-quality prints, don’t automatically blame the inkjet paper.

Wide format inkjet printer with printWhile the quality of the ink-receptive coating on the paper could be the culprit, paper-related inkjet-printing problems are typically caused by changes in humidity or using the wrong profiles or print settings.

Consider these six tips for reducing the likelihood of paper-related inkjet printing problems.

—Store inkjet paper in a room in which the temperature and humidity are controlled.

—Or, keep the paper in the room in which it will be printed for 24 hours before printing it.

—Maintain the relative humidity in your production space between 45 and 55%.

—Take note of any moisture losses or gains that occur when outside air enters the workspace from nearby doors or loading docks. Consider installing barriers such as plastic or forced air between the docks and your production area.

—Keep the paper shrink-wrapped and away from outside walls.

—Use the recommended print settings for the type of inkjet paper are using. Not all paper types are designed to handle the same levels of ink densities. Sihl, and other inkjet media vendors, have downloadable print setting recommendations for the type of wide-format inkjet printer and paper you plan to use.

If you have questions, please contact the wide-format printing experts at Freedom Paper. Chat with us online at or call 866-310-3335.


Photo Prints on Kodak Canvas Provide Focal Point for Room Decor

We live in a world in which personalization matters. That is especially true for interior design. When interior designers create personalized spaces that reflect their client’s vision, they often incorporate custom large-format prints of digital art or photographs.  In many cases, professional designers specify high-quality Kodak inkjet canvas to make gallery wraps that give a room a unique and emotional focal point.


Kodak inkjet canvas on four different prints

Kodak PROFESSIONAL inkjet canvas prints add a personalized touch to room decor.

As a décor element, art can transform a space into something that is both highly personal and inspirational. In office settings, art can create an impression, establish a mood, and stimulate conversations.

After choosing the perfect image to print on canvas, you can use the selected work as a catalyst for the overall theme of the room decor.

Kodak Professional Inkjet Canvas

If you are a designer (or make prints for a designer) choose a brand that is known for its quality and dependability: KODAK.

KODAK PROFESSIONAL Inkjet Artist Canvas, Matte Finish/378g is perfect for making fine art and photographic reproductions on inkjet photo printers that use aqueous pigment inks (such as Canon’s imagePROGRAF photo and graphics printers, Epson Stylus Pro and SureColor P printers, and HP DesignJet Z printers).

Kodak PROFESSIONAL Inkjet Canvas produces high-quality prints that dry quickly, are easy to handle, and withstand the test of time.

If you have questions, chat with the friendly customer-service team through the Freedom Paper website or call us a 866-310-3335.


HP Latex Inkjet Media Helps Print Businesses Diversify

HP Premium Poster Paper

Freedom Paper is expanding the range of latex inkjet media we offer for producing different types of wide-format prints.

Our business is evolving because we know yours is too.

Some companies that first used HP DesignJet printers for signs, graphics, and reprints of architecture, engineering, and construction drawings now use HP Latex printers to print durable indoor and outdoor signs, posters, graphics, and wallcoverings.

HP Latex inkjet media has helped print-for-pay firms that use HP Latex printers produce a huge range of applications including vehicle wraps and stickers, outdoor textile signage, traffic signage, and interior decor.

What are latex inks?

HP introduced latex-ink technology in 2008 as an alternative to solvent inks that used fluids with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to carry the pigment.

Latex inks use a polymer to encapsulate the pigments, which are then suspended in water. After the ink is jetted through HP’s thermal printheads, heat evaporates the water and activates the polymers to bind the pigments to the media.

Graphics printed with latex inks are more durable than prints with aqueous dye or pigment inks because of the way the ink binds with the substrate. They are more water-resistant and scratch-resistant than the aqueous dye or pigment inks used in office inkjet printers.

Outdoor graphics printed with HP Latex inks on HP Latex inkjet media can last up to three years outdoors without lamination. Prints output with HP Latex inks on HP wallpapers can last up to 20 years indoors.

Materials for Posters and Wallcoverings

Here are the two newest HP latex inkjet media Freedom Paper offers for use with HP Latex inks.

HP Premium Poster Paper is a 9 mil, 200 gsm poster paper for HP 300 and HP 3000 series printers that use the third-generation HP Latex inks introduced in 2013. This paper is ideal for trade-show and event displays, retail graphics, photo-realistic posters, bus shelter graphics, and decorative art reproductions. It is available in 36-, 54-, and 60-inch rolls.


HP Premium Poster Paper

HP Premium Poster Paper is suitable for a variety of indoor and outdoor graphics as well as decorative art prints.

HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper is a smooth, white wallpaper material that can be used to produce custom wall murals in all types of commercial, healthcare, and educational facilities. The printed wall paper installs easily with common wallpaper adhesives and comes down with traditional removal methods.


HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper

Use HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper to print colorful murals tough enough for high-traffic environments in offices, schools, and healthcare facilities.

Unlike wallcovering materials printed on vinyl (PVC), HP Durable Smooth Wall Paper is odor-free. The wallpaper resists damage from water, abrasion, scrubbing, mold, and mildew. HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper is FSC-certified and meets Type II (ASTM F793) wallcovering standards for use in commercial buildings. It also meets REACH and UL Greenguard GOLD requirements for materials that are safe enough for use in healthcare facilities and schools.

Other types of HP Latex inkjet media available from Freedom Paper includes:

HP Light Fabric for direct printing of soft signage and easy-to-transport trade-show displays and banners

HP Permanent Gloss Adhesive Vinyl for printing signs that will be mounted to rigid surfaces

HP Professional Satin Photo Paper for retail graphics, photo posters, and photo enlargements

HP HDPE Reinforced Banner for printing lightweight, outdoor-durable recyclable banners for street poles, retail displays, and events.

For more information, chat with us at or call one of our wide-format specialists at 866-310-3555.


Holograms on a Certificate of Authenticity Add Value to Art Prints

Hahnemuhle Certificates of Authenticity

A certificate of authenticity (COA) is a document that gives art buyers more information about your work. In addition to proving that you created the work and retain the copyright and reproduction rights, the COA helps future collectors of the art trace its origins.

Hahnemuhle Certificate of Authenticity

A numbered hologram on the back of a limited edition print matches an identically numbered hologram affixed to the Hahnemuhle Certificate of Authenticity. Photo: Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH

If you plan to sell your limited edition prints of your paintings or digitally created art, it’s beneficial to create a COA even if you aren’t sure your work will ever become collectible. Many art buyers want some proof that the print isn’t an unauthorized copy. Buyers also like having a record of how and when the art was created.

The COA for each print should contain information such as:

  • your name and website
  • the title of the artwork
  • the dimensions of the piece
  • the medium used to create it
  • the date the art was created
  • a copyright notice

You could download a template for a COA and print it on a nice piece of paper. But Hahnemühle offers a long-lasting, professional-looking option that can add to the perceived value of your print.


The Hahnemühle Certificate of Authenticity and Hologram System not only assures can buyers that your art print is genuine, but can also help reduce the risk that your print and COA will be copied without your permission.

Each certificate is made of premium deckle edged mould-made paper with a Hahnemühle watermark and fluorescent security fiber. After the certificate is printed, place one serialized numbered hologram on the certificate and apply a second, identically numbered hologram to the back of your art print.

Combining the certificate with the tamper-proof hologram assures buyers that each Certificate of Authenticity relates to one particular piece of art. For example, your COA would state that “This Fine Art Print is the second of a limited edition of 10 prints (hologram 001503 to 001512) signed by the artist.”

You can register unique copies and limited editions of your art on

Freedom Paper sells the Hahnemühle Certificate of Authenticity and Hologram System along with a nice selection of Hahnemühle fine art papers for inkjet printing on wide-format inkjet photo printers or desktop cut-sheet photo printers.

For more information, call our wide-format print experts at 866-310-3335 or chat with us online at



Use This HP Double Matte Film for Both PageWide XL and DesignJet Printers

For high-performance printing at the high speeds of the PageWide XL printers, HP updated its line-up of inkjet-printable papers and films for technical drawings and GIS images. One featured product is 4-mil HP Double Matte Film on a 3-inch Core.

HP Double Matte Film for inkjet printers

This translucent 4.8 mil double matte polyester film is optimized for high-speed pigment-ink printing on the HP Page Wide XL series of printers. But it also works with HP DesignJet printers and other models that use aqueous dye or pigment inks.

HP Double Matte Film is has an inkjet-printable coating on one side, and a markable static-minimizing surface treatment on the other side. The markable side enables you to make manual edits and annotations in pencil or ink on documents such as architecture, engineering, and construction drawings, overlays, and GIS images.

The tear-resistant, dimensionally stable film produces sharp, dense lines that don’t bleed and consistent color, even at high speeds. The inks don’t smear or transfer when prints are stacked or overlaid. Prints on this material are recyclable.

Freedom Paper now offers HP Double Matte Film, 3 in. Core. It is available in 150-ft. rolls in 7 popular widths from 22 inches to 40 inches. A 24 in. x 25 ft. sample roll is also available.

About PageWide XL Technology

The HP PageWide Xl printer uses “single pass” print technology. As the paper moves rapidly beneath a fixed array of printheads, all of the ink is applied in one pass. This is much faster than a standard wide-format printer in which the paper advances incrementally as the printhead moves back and forth across the paper, laying down the ink in Instead of multiple passes.

HP PageWide XL Printers

To achieve high quality prints in a single pass, the advanced technology of HP PageWide XL printers requires special ink formulations. It also requires strict control of how these advanced pigment inks interact with the paper or film.

On the PageWide XL materials, some of this control comes from how the papers and films are manufactured. When the base paper or film is made, manufacturers include additives that interact with the pigment inks to control how the ink behaves on surface of the material. This treatment, called HP ColorPRO technology, produces fast-dry papers that yield high-contrast blacks, more striking colors, and sharper lines.

Try Sihl’s New Self Adhesive Vinyl for Aqueous Inkjet Printers

Freedom Paper has added a new Sihl self-adhesive vinyl to our assortment of wide-format inkjet media for printers that use aqueous dye or pigment inks. This includes HP DesignJet Z and T series printers, Canon imagePROGRAF printers, Epson Stylus Pro printers, and other makes and models.

Self adhesive vinyl is a popular choice for printing signs, labels, stickers, or decals. Printed graphics can be permanently mounted to sign blanks such as foamboard, coroplast, or Dibond or directly on surfaces such as laptops, smartphones, album covers, and scrapbooks.

Sihl 3585 Premium Vinyl SA 270 Gloss is a 5 mil high-gloss vinyl backed with a permanent water-based adhesive and 5 mil adhesive-release liner. A permanent adhesive provides a lasting bond without curling at the edges.

Sihl 3585 Premium Vinyl

The water-resistant coating on this 10 mil self-adhesive vinyl/liner combination makes graphics printed with pigment inks sufficiently splash-proof for short-term outdoor display without lamination. For extended durability, you can apply a pressure-sensitive (“cold”) laminating film.

Sihl 3585 Premium Vinyl SA supports the high color density required for photographic images but dries quickly for easy handling, laminating, and mounting.

Sihl 3585 Premium Vinyl SA 270 Gloss is sold in 100-ft. rolls on a 2-inch core. Roll width options include: 24, 36, or 50 inches.

For more information, call the customer service team at Freedom Paper, 888-310-3335 or chat with us online at

Canon Introduces 60-inch imagePROGRAF PRO-6000

Canon PRO-6000 wide format inkjet printer

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-Series of 12-ink printers for high-quality photography printing and fine art reproduction now includes a 60-inch model. The Canon PRO-6000 is for print-service providers and studios that make top-quality 60-inch prints of photographs and fine art for galleries, exhibitions, museums, and interior décor.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000


Like the other 12-ink models in the PRO Series, the Canon PRO-6000 provides Canon’s input-to-output photo printing support known as Crystal Fidelity.  This feature allows users to obtain print quality that accurately expresses the structure, clarity, and texture of photos shot with Canon EOS DSLR cameras.

Multifunction Roll System: With the included Multifunction Roll System, users can load one roll of glossy media and one roll of matte media and seamlessly print to both rolls without manually switching rolls. The Multifunction Roll unit will intelligently switch to the correct media. The second roll can also be used as a take-up unit on long, uninterrupted print runs.

LUCIA PRO Inks: Like other models in the PRO series, the PRO-6000 uses 11 colors of LUCIA-PRO aqueous pigment ink with a clear Chroma Optimizer.

The ink colors include Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Red, Blue, Photo Black, Matte Black, Gray, and Light Gray. This LUCIA ink set provides a broader color gamut and greater expression in darker areas of an image.

The Optimizer improves the evenness of the luster and reduces surface irregularities when printing on gloss and semi-gloss photo papers. This enables prints to be produced in the original captured colors, tightens up the black areas, and reduces bronzing.

The printer comes with 330 ml starter ink tanks. You can order larger (700 ml) or smaller (160 ml) ink tanks depending on which colors you use most often in your color and black-and-white photography. A combination of different tank sizes can be loaded on the printer simultaneously.

Consistent Color: An onboard sensor calibrates the printer, helping to ensure color consistency from the first print to the last and across multiple PRO-series printers.

Rigid Frame: The high-precision mechanical platform and uniform, rigid frame reduce vibrations during printing and support more accurate ink ejection during printing.

Easy Media Loading: The uncomplicated media-loading process minimizes the risk of unsightly fingerprints on the print from media handling during loading.

Software: The printer includes Print Studio Pro, a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, and Canon Digital Photo Professional software. The Accounting Manager utility helps photographers track how much ink and media is used to print each image. The Device Manager Console enables users to manage up to 50 imagePROGRAF PRO Series printers from one location.

User Comments 

“I prefer Canon large-format printers because of their amazing quality as well as their outstanding reliability,” said Cody Ranaldo, technical director for Griffin Editions NYC, a full-service fine art photographic printing, imaging, and mounting studio. “With the new PRO-6000 printer, the singular printhead further improve the quality of nozzle alignment for cleaner, sharper images. I can launch an entire roll’s worth of prints and be confident I won’t find banding halfway through the batch. This is a huge advantage over the competition.”

Ranaldo also likes the printer’s dual-roll media loading system. It greatly reduces handling damage that can occur when switching back and forth between different types of media rolls.

Eric Luden, founder of Digital Silver Imaging in Belmont, Massachusetts, says “One of our best clients has been waiting to offer her work in 60 x 60 inches and is excited to now be able to offer fine art prints to a new client base. Commercial clients are especially excited to see the larger-scale prints for their lobbies and conference rooms. Our new Canon PRO-6000, which includes all the improvements we’ve come to enjoy in our Canon PRO-4000, will open up new opportunities and markets for our business.”

The imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 is expected to be available in August, 2017 with an manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $11,995.

Other Printers in the PRO Series

Other printers in the PRO-Series line include the 17-Inch PRO-1000, the 24-inch PRO-2000 and 2000S, and 44-inch PRO 4000 and 4000S, and 60-inch PRO-6000S.

The PRO-1000, PRO-2000, PRO-4000, and PRO-6000 printers use 11 colors of LUCIA PRO pigment ink with Chroma Optimizer for extraordinary print quality and precise color consistency in professional photography and art reproduction, advertisement design, and color-accurate proofs.

The PRO-2000S, 4000S, and PRO-6000S use 8 colors of LUCIA PRO ink for efficient, higher volume printing of retail graphics, concept and imposition proofs, and point-of-purchase signage.

For More Information

For information and special pricing on any of the printers in Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO-Series, please call the custom-service team at Freedom Paper at 888-310-3335. Or send an inquiry to

Download a brochure for the PRO-2000, PRO-4000, and PRO-6000 here.

What You Should Know about Inkjet Paper Standards and Certifications

When you read the product descriptions and technical data sheets of different types of inkjet paper, you will come across terms or acronyms related to environmental standards or building or chemical-use regulations.

Global manufacturers of inkjet-printable materials are aware of all standards and regulations that affect how those materials will be made and used. But for most us, inkjet paper standards and certifications usually need some additional explanation.

Before reviewing some of the key standards and regulations cited in different types of inkjet paper products, let’s clarify the difference between standards and regulations.

Standards and Regulations 

A standard provides guidelines, rules, or characteristics that specific products should meet to achieve desired objectives. Standards are established by consensus and approved by a recognized body. Compliance with standards is voluntary.

In the case of inkjet media, if you want to assure your own customers that you use archival-grade paper, you should be aware of the ISO 11108 standard. If your customer worries that printing is destroying forests, choose a paper that is FSC-certified or PEFC-certified. Certification is the process used to ensure that a manufacturer’s product complies with the voluntary standards.

A regulation is a mandatory, government-imposed requirement. A regulation might specify certain performance characteristics of a product, process or service. Or it could require the disclosure of potentially hazardous chemicals  or the communication of safe handling, storage, and disposal procedures.

For example, building codes regulate that materials used in buildings meet certain safety, fire-resistance, or indoor air-quality performance standards. Some regulations start out as standards. Other regulations may specify that the products be tested using standardized testing procedures identified by the ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) or NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).

Here are some standards and regulations that appear on the spec sheets for inkjet bond papers, photo and art papers, and papers used for signs, displays, and wallcoverings.


The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) promotes the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC certification signifies that the wood used to make the paper comes from FSC-certified, well-managed forests, company controlled sources, and/or recycled material.


FSC Chain-of-Custody certification traces the path of products from forests through the supply chain. The certification process verifies that FSC-certified material is kept separated from non-certified material throughout the chain.

The use of FSC-certified paper has grown significantly in recent years. The FSC now enables printing companies to apply for chain-of-custody certification and participate in the FSC Marketplace. The FSC Marketplace is a business-to-business platform that connects buyers of FSC-certified products with sellers of FSC-certified products.


The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is a Switzerland-based organization committed to conserving forests. PEFC Certification provides a way for paper manufacturers and printing companies to assure their customers that the products come from sustainably managed forests.

Forest certification enables forest managers to demonstrate that the practices they apply to forests today are sustainable and that their forests meet both our needs and those of future generations.

ISO-9706 and ISO-11108

The International Organization for Standardization develops ISO specifications for products, services, and systems to ensure quality, safety, and efficiency.

The ISO-9706 standard sets specifications for unprinted “permanent paper” for documents and publications.

ISO-11108 standard is for unprinted “archival paper” intended for documents and publications that will be permanently retained and frequently used. The standard doesn’t distinguish between papers used for archived text documents and papers used for archived photos and art.

Both the permanent and archival papers must be free of acids and oxidizing agents (such a as lignins) and be buffered. Buffering with materials such as calcium carbonate help prevent acids from migrating from the print surface into the paper. And permanent and archival papers must also have a certain degree of resistance to tearing.

But an “archival paper” must be made from cotton, cotton linters, hemp, or flax and be able to tolerate some folding. An archival paper may contain a minor fraction of fully bleached chemical pulp. 

The ISO specifications for permanent and archival papers don’t consider factors that don’t affect the permanence and usability of the paper such as opacity, thickness, or brightness. A color change, such as yellowing around the edges, isn’t included in the standard for archival paper because it doesn’t affect the usability of the paper or the legibility of the print.


GREENGUARD certification helps architects and builders identify which products designed for use in building interiors have low chemical emissions. Builders and interior designers seek materials with low chemical emissions because they don’t want to inadvertently contribute to high levels of indoor air pollution.

According to an EPA booklet on indoor air quality “A growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air…People who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time are often the most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution.” This includes the young, the elderly, and the chronically ill, such as those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease.

The EPA notes that “While pollutant levels from individual sources may not pose a significant health risk by themselves, most homes have more than one source that contributes to indoor air pollution. There can be a serious risk from the cumulative effects of these sources.”

GREENGUARD Gold Certification requires manufacturers to meet stricter certification criteria than basic GREENGUARD certification. The Gold certification considers the safety of sensitive individuals such as children or the elderly.

The GREENGUARD certification program is managed by the UL Environment business unit of the safety-sciences firm UL (Underwriters Laboratories). GREENGUARD certification is recognized by sustainable building programs and building codes around the world.

REACH Compliant

REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals.

REACH is a European Union regulation that addresses the production of and use of chemical substances. It is designed to improve the protection of human health and the environment from risks posed by chemicals.

The regulation recognizes that toxic substances don’t have to be ingested to harm human health. Chemicals can be inhaled or enter the food chain through plants, fish, or other animals.

A key element of the REACH regulation is the requirement to communicate information about chemicals up and down the supply chain so that manufacturers, importers, and their customers are aware of the health and safety of the products being supplied.

Why Manufacturers Cite Standards

Ten years ago, many products that were promoted as environmentally friendly weren’t backed by environmental science. This “greenwashing” caused confusion among consumers of inkjet media and other products.

Today, many companies have established goals for corporate social responsibility, including sustainable supply chains. They want to proof that all the products they buy come from companies that act in an environmentally responsible way. Certification by independent organizations helps provide this proof.

Plus, if you know that your printed artwork must meet certain expectations for long-term durability, it makes sense to choose inkjet papers that have been designed to meet standards for archival performance.

Inkjet-printable fabrics must conform with an entirely different set of standards and regulations than inkjet-printable papers. Some building codes specify the properties of textiles that will be displayed in public buildings. Other regulations govern inkjet-printed fabrics that will be worn as apparel. We will discuss these regulations in another post.

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