Magic’s Eco Friendly Wide Format Paper Wins Top Product Award

Magic® PCW-MATTE for inkjet printing is an eco friendly wide format paper made from 100% recycled content.

Manufactured in the U.S. by Coveris™ Advanced Coatings, the 14 mil, 300gsm bright-white matte paper is compatible with aqueous, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV cure inks. The ultra-smooth surface can handle high ink saturation to provide the rich density needed for photographic and indoor promotional graphics. Coveris introduced PCW-MATTE in September 2014 and recommends it for general purpose signage, posters, POP displays, and trade-show graphics.

In its April 2015 issue, Wide-Format Imaging magazine announced that Magic PCW-MATTE won the Reader’s Choice Top Product Award in the Paper category.

 

Magic PCW Matte Paper

To be considered for the award, a product had to be released and commercially available between September 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014. Voting was open to all print service providers worldwide from January 12 through February 13, 2015.

“We are honored that Wide-Format Imaging readers voted for PCW-MATTE,” said Ed McCarron, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Coveris Advanced Coatings. “There is no doubt that this product is exceeding the expectations of digital imaging professionals.”

Freedom Paper is proud to make Magic’s earth-friendly, 100% post-consumer-waste paper available to our customers. It is available in 100-ft. rolls on 3-inch cores in 36- and 42-inch widths.

Call us at 866-310-3335 for more information or to place an order.

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If you need thinner eco-friendly paper for everyday monochrome CAD and technical drawings, check out Freedom Paper bond papers made from 33% post-consumer-waste content. We offer an Eco-Friendly Uncoated Plotter Paper for monochrome inkjet printing and an Eco-Friendly Bond for toner-based LCD copiers.

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Five Reasons to Print Project Drawings on Inkjet Paper Rolls

Now that most designs and correspondence originate as digital files, the value of printing documents and drawings related to design-bid-build projects isn’t always clear. Before ordering inkjet paper rolls for your wide format inkjet printer, here are five good reasons to continue printing some types of documents:

To Avoid the Risk of Unreadable Digital Files

Not everyone who has a stake in knowing how the building was designed and constructed will have access to the latest versions of CAD software and file formats used to create the design files. While original CAD files must be kept in the project archives, not every building owner, lawyer, government official, general contractor, subcontractor, or supplier may be able to open them. Prints of your most important documents are readable by everyone.

The risk of unreadable files may change when standards are developed and adopted for the long-term preservation of digital files. But for now, most company libraries and institutional archives still want some paper files, including drawings, plans, elevations, blueprints, images, correspondence, and project records.

Google VP Vint Cerf, who is recognized as one of the founders of the Internet, recently expressed concerns that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be irretrievable. During this ongoing transition from analog to digital methods, he believes we are creating a “Digital Dark Age” in which future generations will have little or no records of cultural achievements during the first half of the 21st Century.

At a 2015 meeting of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, Cerf advocated developing a “digital vellum” to ensure that digital files remain readable even as operating systems and file formats change over time. In an interview with “The Guardian,” Cerf recommended printing copies of files you want to archive so you will avoid losing them through outdated operating systems.

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When you archive paper documents, your drawings can always be re-scanned into whatever format that historians, archivists, and government agencies are using at the time.

Some experts recommend keeping one paper copy of each document and one digital copy, with a second digital back-up copy at another site. This “two media, two locations” practice can help minimize the risk of loss from vandalism, theft, fires, floods, and earthquakes.

To Preserve Your Firm’s Reputation and Legacy

The records retention policy differs within every company, but it basically boils down to these question: “What do you want to preserve? And for whom do you want to preserve your work?”

Most firms keep records to protect themselves from legal liability if problems crop up after the project is completed. Some firms want to preserve a lasting legacy of the firm’s accomplishments and contributions to the community – even after the building has been torn down at some point in the future.

Your archives can be turned over to libraries that regard architectural documents a key part of cultural heritage collections.

To Accurately Share Information at Remote Sites 

Hard copy prints are essential on sites where it’s difficult to set up a large screen on which everyone can view all the details of the designs. Having one set of prints on-site ensures that everyone on the team is viewing the latest, owner-approved version.

According to an article on the Canon Solutions America website, printing construction documents in color can provide better communication on design-bid-build projects and mitigate the risk of excessive costs incurred by insufficient design details.

According to Canon analysts, “Discussions between business leaders and industry participants indicate that conceptual designs provide, at the most, approximately one-half the level of detail required to determine whether it is feasible to build a structure.” When general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers don’t receive sufficient details in the owner-approved design, they may include excessive contingency costs in their bids or generate many requests for information (RFIs) to clarify details not covered in the drawing.

To Proofread Drafts of Complex Documents and Drawings

When you print a long or complex document to proofread, you can verify that the formatting is correct and review all of the details with eyes that aren’t strained by staring at a computer screen for hours on end.

If you are designing a brochure that will be folded to create a smaller, multi-page document, you can use your wide-format printer to output an “imposition proof” to preview how the design will look when it’s printed.

To Give Your Clients a Tangible Take-Away from a Meeting

We spend so much time communicating via texts, e-mail, and tweets, that a well-produced hard-copy print can seem more important and more permanent.

Beautifully designed posters, calendars, and photo prints on high-quality papers can provide year-round reminders of what makes your firm distinctive.

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The many different types of inkjet paper rolls that can be easily ordered through Freedom Paper’s website can help you meet each one of these goals. We offer archival matte papers, translucent vellum, and Mylar rolls and Mylar sheets. We also sell uncoated and coated bond papers for drafts, proofing, and presentations and luxurious inkjet art and photo papers that can help your firm leave a lasting impression.

Please tell us more about why you continue to believe in the importance of printing! Submit a comment below, call us at 866-310-3335, or send feedback to ideas@freedompaper.com. We want to hear what you think!

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Brighteners in Inkjet Art Paper for Fine Art

 

By Robin D. Myers, Robin Myers Imaging

Once you have a fine art image ready for printing you are faced with the decision of which inkjet art paper to use. Assuming you already have a printer, the selection of ink is usually made for you, just get the printer manufacturer’s inks. So the decision is which inkjet art paper to use with your printer’s inks. When it comes to fine art printing there are two major criteria for selecting a paper; the longevity of the paper/ink combination and whether the inkjet art paper has optical brighteners.

Longevity

When a print is exposed to light a process of change begins. This can be a fading of the ink, a yellowing of the paper, or a variety of other effects. Atmospheric agents such as ozone, sulfur and other chemicals can also affect the print. The lifetime of a print is measured by comparing prints exposed to various factors such as visible light, UV light, heat, ozone and other agents, against reference prints kept in the dark. Measurements are made of the inks and paper, compared to visual tolerances and a lifetime prediction is made. This lifetime represents the amount of time the print can be exposed under normal conditions before it changes objectionably. Since all the artists I’ve known want their art to last, paper and ink combinations should be selected with long lifetimes.

There are two places to check paper/ink ratings. The first is with Wilhelm Research. His website has ratings for most of the printer inks and many of the available papers.

The second place for paper/ink ratings is Aardenburg Imaging & Archives. This site has some interesting methods of testing archival qualities in the laboratory and in situ.

 

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Brighteners

Everyone likes white things bright. At least this is what the soap and bleach manufacturers have been telling us for decades in their advertisements. Paper naturally has a yellowish color, due to the materials used in its construction, such as wood pulp or cotton fibers. To counteract this natural yellowness, paper makers add optical brighteners, also called fluorescent whitening agents, to the paper. Their effect is to make the paper look whiter and brighter by converting invisible ultraviolet light to visible blue light. The extra blue reflected light when added to the natural yellow paper color makes the paper appear brighter and whiter.

Another benefit to using paper brighteners is to even out the variations between paper batches, making the paper consistent and predictable.

So if optical brighteners and fluorescent whitening agents make the paper whiter and brighter, what is so bad about using them in papers for fine art printing?

Artists want their works to last for a long time. They go to great lengths to select long lasting inks and papers for their reproductions. Some optical brighteners fade after a few weeks, changing the appearance of the print. If the brightener does not fade, then the whiteness of the print will appear differently depending on the amount of ultraviolet light present in the illumination. If a print is prepared by the photographer and printer for one type of lighting, but ultimately displayed by the customer in a different lighting, the paper’s optical brighteners may make the print no longer match the original or the artist’s intention.

In my opinion, when it comes to optical brighteners in fine art prints, “Just say No!”

This guest post is an excerpt from a longer article  (“Paper for Fine Art”) published by imaging consultant Robin D. Myers on his website (www.rmimaging.com). As a researcher for Better Light  for ten years, Robin Myers developed methods for the accurate digital imaging of artworks and trained photographers in these methods. He also performed research in the application of digital cameras for fine art reproduction. In the 1990s, he was a senior scientist at Apple Computer, where he developed the algorithm that became the basis for Apple’s first color management engine (ColorSync). He earned four patents for color matching technologies and performed research in large format panoramic and stereo digital photography.

Today, he consults in the areas of photography, imaging, and color science and creates and sells products to support these areas. To read the full article visit: http://www.rmimaging.com/information/fine_art_paper.html

Note that this article was published in the early days of wide-format printing for high-quality art reproductions. Since then, reputable manufacturers of inkjet fine art paper such as Hahnemuhle, Moab, Museo, and Innova have started indicating on their spec sheets which papers do not contain brighteners. In general, fine art papers that are described as “natural white” don’t contain brighteners and those that are labeled as “bright white” do contain brighteners.

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Choosing Adhesive Vinyl Rolls to Print Signs on Your Office Wide Format Printer

With adhesive vinyl rolls from Freedom Paper, you can use the wide-format inkjet printer in your office to make simple signs for short-term use at special events and trade-shows or for sales promotions.

After the vinyl is printed and cut, peel the release liner from the back of the printed vinyl to expose the adhesive. Then mount it on a sheet of foam board, coroplast, styrene, aluminum, or acrylic. The vinyl can also be applied to windows, glass display cases, or other smooth, hard, non-porous surface.

 

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Answers to the following questions will help you select the adhesive product that is right for your office.

Does your wide-format inkjet printer use aqueous dye or pigment inks?

Most older model printers used to print technical drawings and office documents use aqueous dye inks. Newer model photo and graphic printers from HP, Canon, and Epson use aqueous pigment inks.

Dye inks are far less resistant to water and light-induced fading than pigment inks. So, it’s best to use dye inks primarily for indoor signs. With aqueous pigment inks and water-resistant materials with permanent adhesives, you can print longer-lasting indoor signs, decals, labels, and outdoor signs that will last for months.

What is thickest material your wide-format printer can handle?

Some older model wide format printers can’t handle materials thicker than 9 mil. While the vinyl itself may be thin enough to feed through the printer, you have consider the thickness of the release liner as well. Some adhesive vinyls are 12 mil thick with the release liner. (The release liner protects the adhesive protected until you are ready to mount the graphic.)

Do you need a removable or permanent adhesive?

Permanent adhesives form a long-lasting bond within hours or days. They are designed to stick to a substrate without edge lifting. These adhesives can’t be removed without damaging either the label or the substrate. Permanent adhesives are used to produce outdoor signs, yard signs, labels, and safety, directional, and exit signs.

Removable adhesives form a lower-tack, temporary bond with the mounting surface. For a certain period of time, they can be removed without damaging either the printed graphic or the substrate.

In some cases, you can re-use the mounting substrate after the graphic has been removed. Removable adhesives are used for window graphics, temporary signs, event graphics, fabric graphics, and promotional displays.

Do you want a more environmentally friendly option?

The adhesive vinyl originally developed for outdoor signage is PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a thin, flexible, white film made with chlorine and chemical stabilizers and plasticizers. PVC isn’t biodegradable in landfills.

While vehicle wraps and some types of outdoor signs require the durability and pliability of vinyl, you can also make short-term signs with more environmentally friendly options, such as adhesive photo papers, inkjet fabrics, or polypropylene poster papers.

Self-Adhesive Photo Papers: Some inkjet photo papers come with adhesive backings. These papers are ideal for printing short-term promotional signs that feature photographs.

Self-Adhesive Inkjet Fabrics:The low-tack adhesives used with inkjet fabrics are super-easy to install and remove. You can easily reposition the fabric print while you’re installing it, and the adhesive doesn’t leave a messy residue when the graphics are taken down. Inkjet fabrics are popular for wall decals, posters, and trade-show signs because the wrinkle-resistant, polyester graphics can usually be removed, then re-hung at another location. (You can even fold up a fabric poster and pack it in your suitcase when traveling to an out-of-town event.)

Self-Adhesive Polypropylene: This material is like a smooth, flexible sheet of tear-resistant, scratch-resistant paper. It is often used to print durable graphics that must stay flat in banner stands, poster frames, or lightboxes. Unlike poster papers, polypropylene banner materials don’t get creased, and don’t have to be laminated for outdoor weather resistance. Polypropylene is one of the most environmentally neutral plastics. It contains only two elements (carbon and hydrogen) and generates only carbon dioxide and water when it burns.

Where will the sign be displayed?

If the sign will be displayed under bright lights, choose an adhesive vinyl that has a non-glare matte surface. If the sign will be displayed on a location where there might be light shining from behind (e.g. such as a window or display case), choose an adhesive vinyl with a high level of opacity. An opaque vinyl is also a good choice if you plan to mount a white sign on glass, Plexiglas, or a black or colored sign board.

If the sign will be displayed outdoors or in a high-traffic location, consider laminating the printed graphic to protect it from water, humidity, and abrasion.

When to Call Outside Experts

If your require long-term durability or the ability to adhere to wood, sidewalks, brick walls, concrete, vehicles, it’s best to have the graphics produced by an organization that specializes in printing large-format graphics. Most commercial printing companies (or campus printing departments) are equipped with printers that use more outdoor-durable latex, eco-solvent, or UV-cure inks.

Graphic specialists and sign firms are also more familiar with the specialized vinyls and adhesives needed for uneven, intricately curved, or porous surfaces.

Choose from more than 30 options!

Freedom Paper more than 30 types of adhesive vinyl rolls and large format adhesive papers and fabrics that are suitable for use with the aqueous inkjet printers used by many architecture and engineering firms, schools, religious organizations, design and photo studios, and all types of business and corporate offices.

If you need help choosing the self-adhesive paper, polypropylene, fabric, or vinyl that would be best for a specific project, give us a call at 866-310-3555.

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Good Things to Know Before Ordering Plotter Paper Rolls

Before buying plotter paper rolls for use on your wide-format inkjet printer, it’s a good idea to understand some of the terms you will see in the product description. While most inkjet media brands can be used on multiple brands of printers, some older models of inkjet printers for CAD plotting weren’t designed to handle the full range of inkjet print media that has since been developed for newer models of printers.

If you have the user manual or spec sheet for the printer model used in your office, it’s good to know three things:

  • the maximum roll width your printer can handle
  • the maximum thickness or material your inkjet printer can handle
  • the type of ink your printer uses.

Most older HP Designjets and other wide-format inkjet printers for CAD printing and technical drawings use aqueous (water-based) dye inks. Some older wide-format inkjets for technical printing use a combination of dye inks (for colors) and black pigment inks (for sharp text and lines). Newer models of technical printers from Epson use aqueous pigment inks.

Roll Width: The width of the plotter paper roll is the first number in the specification. In the U.S. ,roll widths are expressed in inches. Popular roll widths for wide-format plotters include 11, 17, 18, 22, 24 30, 34, 36, and 42 inches.

These roll widths make it cost-effective and efficient to continuously print multiple copies of standard-size engineering and architectural drawings on wide-format inkjet printers with built-in cutters.

For example: The standard size of an Arch C drawing is 18 x 24 inches; an Arch D drawing is 24 x 36 inches; and Arch E drawing is 36 x 48 inches. Standard sizes for engineering drawings in the U.S. include ANSI C, 17 x 22 inches; ANSI D, 22 x 34 inches, and ANSI E, 34 x 44 inches.

Roll Length: The length of the plotter paper roll is expressed in feet. Plotter paper is offered in 150, 300, and 500-ft rolls. These longer rolls are available so you don’t have to stop printing to reload the paper in the middle of a big job. Engineering copiers can handle 500 ft. rolls, but most inkjet printers max out at 300 ft. rolls. Most inkjet materials are sold in 150-foot rolls, including bond papers as well as thicker papers or clear films for special applications.

Core Diameter: The core size refers to the diameter of the cardboard tube on which the plotter paper is rolled. Rolls of uncoated bond paper for inkjet printers are sold on 2-inch cores. Uncoated bond paper for for xerographic copiers are typically sold on 3-inch cores. Some Xerox engineering copiers require that the inside edge of the paper be taped to the cardboard core. (Freedom Paper sells some engineering copier paper rolls on taped rolls.)

Caliper: The thickness of many types of papers is expressed in “mils.” (which is one-thousandth of an inch). Older-model HP Designjets and other wide format inkjet printers that were originally designed to print on bond papers and clear films can only feed materials with calipers of 9 mil or less.

The caliper of bond papers doesn’t vary as much as inkjet photo papers, art papers, and canvas. A 20 lb. bond paper is slightly less than 4 mils; a 24 lb. bond paper is slightly less than 5 mils; and a 28 lb. bond is slightly less than 6 mils. A 54 lb. bond is 9 mils.

Newer models of wide-format inkjet printers were designed to handle a much wider range of paper thicknesses. They can feed bond papers, photo papers, art papers, canvas and sign materials thicker than 9 mil. Some models can handle materials up to 12 mil thick; other models can print on substrates up to 31 mil thick.

Other Specs: If you are buying an optically clear inkjet film for an HP Designjet printer or aqueous-ink inkjet printers that use optical sensors, order a clear film that has visible stripes on the edges of the rolls. The stripes enable the onboard sensor to “see” the film.

Please call the customer-service experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335 if you have any questions about plotter paper roll sizes. If the spec sheet or user manual for your printer isn’t readily available, we can tell you if the paper you plan to order isn’t compatible with your specific printer model and suggest compatible alternatives.

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Why Choose Eco-Friendly Bond Plotter Paper?

If you have avoided using eco-friendly bond plotter paper because you think it will be too rough or flimsy for detailed technical drawings, it’s time to give eco-friendly bond paper another look. While no standard definition eco-friendly paper exists, Freedom Paper’s eco-friendly bond papers are smooth, uniform, and capable of holding the ink density that maps, engineering drawings, and architectural renderings require. Some users who have switched to eco-friendly bond plotter paper have told us that it’s difficult to tell the difference.

Here are five reasons our papers deserve to be called eco-friendly.

Our eco-friendly paper is FSC-Certified. When you buy paper products that certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), you can be assured that the wood pulp used to make the paper came from a well-managed forest. The FSC encourages paper manufacturers to protect forest habitats, prevent pollution, avoid displacing native peoples and harming wildlife, and to plant more trees than they harvest.

Eco Friendly Sustainable Forest

To qualify for the FSC-certified label, the FSC requires the products to undergo a “chain of custody” assessment that traces the path of the product from the forest to the manufacturer to the merchant. FSC chain-of-custody certification verifies that FSC-certified material is identified or kept separated from non-certified material throughout the supply chain. The FSC also asks paper manufacturers to submit management plans that describe the scale and intensity of logging operations and plans for preserving the long-term health of the forest.

The paper is also certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The SFI is an independent, non-profit organization that develops standards that promote responsible forestry practices. The SFI Forest Management Standard promotes measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and forests with exceptional conservation value.

The SFI also has chain of custody requirements. This assessment tracks wood fiber through the different stages of production, noting how much of the manufactured paper comes from certified lands, how much post-consumer recycled content is used, and how much responsibly sourced fiber is used.

The papers are manufactured in an environmentally conscious way. Our manufacturing partner uses a process that consumes fewer trees, less water, and less fuel and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In general, about 60% fewer raw materials are consumed in making our eco-friendly bond plotter paper.

Our eco-friendly papers contain about 30% post-consumer waste. Our eco-friendly bond plotter paper includes pulp from paper that has previously been printed, recovered from the waste stream, de-inked, and re-used to make all new rolls of paper. Including some pulp from recycled paper minimizes the number of trees that must be harvested to make the paper.

The papers are shipped in boxes made from recycled fibers and sourced from responsible forests. If your company is striving to reduce its environmental footprint, it’s important to use eco-friendly packaging, too.

If you have any questions about buying eco-friendly plotter paper, please call us at 866-310-3335.

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Choosing Inkjet Canvas: Four Things to Consider

Inkjet canvas is a popular way to add aesthetic appeal to photographs, illustrations, and artwork output on wide-format inkjet printers. Originally designed to print reproductions of paintings (giclées), inkjet canvas is now widely used to print portraits and landscape photographs for home or office décor, retail displays, and signs for museum or gallery exhibitions. Inkjet canvas not only imparts a sense of artistry, but can also be easier to hang and display,

Inkjet Canvas Prints

A “gallery-wrap” canvas print doesn’t require the extra expense of added weight of a wooden frame with glass or acrylic. It’s called a “wrap” because the canvas is stretched and fastened around the edges of four wooden “stretcher” bars are joined to form different sizes of squares and rectangles.

Wraps can be made manually, or with automatic stretching equipment designed for studios that produce a lot of wraps every day. Inkjet canvas vendors such as Innova have developed systems to make it easy and economical for individuals and small businesses to convert inkjet canvas prints into wraps for shorter term displays.

Freedom Paper offers a vast selection of inkjet canvas rolls from brands such as Hahnemuhle, Innova, Moab, Sihl, Kodak, Magic, HP, and Canon. These products vary in terms of whiteness level, amount of polyester content, thickness, weave, and surface finish.

Here are a few questions that can help you narrow down your choices:

1. What type of printer and ink do you use?

Some inkjet canvases are designed for use with the aqueous pigment inks used on Canon imagePROGRAFs, HP Designjets, and Epson Stylus Pro wide-format inkjet photo and graphic printers. Some inkjet canvas can be printed with aqueous dye inks, but the prints may not last very long.

Some older models of technical, CAD, and office printers weren’t designed to handle photo and art canvases that are more than 11 to 15 mils thick and weight 400gsm (grams per square meter). Before ordering, check your printer’s manual to see the maximum thickness of print media your printer can handle.

A growing number of inkjet canvases are designed for use on printers that use latex inks, solvent, or UV-curable inks for higher volume jobs. The Freedom Paper website clearly indicates which inkjet canvas products are compatible with which types of printer ink.

2. What is your application?

The canvas you choose for short-term event, retail, or exhibition graphics will be different than the canvas you would choose for heirloom portraits, wedding photographs, fine art reproductions, or décor prints. Budget-friendly inkjet canvas is available for prints that will be displayed for less than a year or so.

Expect to pay a bit more for a premium, water-resistant, acid-free canvas that offers exceptional longevity or durability. In addition to dye inks, factors that limit print life on inkjet canvas include optical brightening additives (OBAs), acidity, and exposure to humidity, abrasion, and airborne pollutants. With a water-resistant inkjet canvas, you can add a water-based clearcoat that has been specifically made to protect inkjet canvas prints..

If your print must last a long time or will be displayed in a brightly lit, high-traffic area, you will need to apply a protective clearcoat. The clearcoat can be rolled or sprayed on to seal the print surface and extend its resistance to UV light.

3. What type of print surface will best enhance your images?

A visible canvas texture can affect the look of the image. If you are reproducing softly colored impressionistic paintings that were originally created on a textured art canvas, then you may want the print to replicate that textured surface. But if you are printing portraits or landscape photographs on canvas, you might prefer a smooth canvas so facial skin tones look even and straight lines and fine details aren’t visually disrupted by a roughly textured surface.

The canvas texture (or “tooth”) comes from how the canvas was woven. The ratio of the weave (1:1 or 2:1) refers to the number of threads running vertically and horizontally. In general, a 2:1 weave provides more texture, but texture also depends on the diameter of the threads, how tightly the threads are woven, and the thickness of the coating used to protect the printed image.

If most of the images you reproduce have deep blacks and shadow details, choose a canvas with a high Dmax. Images with bright, vivid colors reproduce better on a bright-white canvas with a semi-gloss or gloss surface.

Matte canvas surfaces are popular for photographs and displays because they don’t reflect glare from overhead lights. Matte canvases are also more versatile, because if you want your print to have a semi-gloss or glossy look, you can apply a semi-gloss or gloss clearcoat.

4. How will the prints be finished?

Most inkjet canvas today is made from a blend of polyester and cotton. While inkjet canvas with a higher percentage of polyester might not feel as “natural” as a cotton canvas, the high-polyester canvas will be easier to stretch, will print more consistently, and will be more resistant to humid conditions. An all-cotton art canvas may expand or shrink depending on the environmental conditions.

“Production” canvases for higher volume reproduction of photographs are designed to dry quickly and stretch easily so they can be finished and delivered more quickly.

On the Freedom Paper website we have made it easy for you to find inkjet canvas products for many different printer types and print requirements. Our expert customer service representatives are happy to provide personalized advice by phone (866-310-3335) if you need help choosing the right inkjet canvas for your specific project.

Choosing Inkjet Photo Paper Is Part of the Creative Process

Selecting the right inkjet photo paper for your images is very subjective. A lot depends on how you envision the look and feel of your finished print. Do you want your photos to look sharp, bright, and glossy like prints from professional color labs? Or would you like your prints to feel more substantial, less like film and more like a fine-art print?

Because choosing the right inkjet photo paper is an integral part of the creative process, inkjet media manufacturers have developed an enormous range of choices. It’s up to you to choose a paper that delivers the functionality you need and the visual impact you want.

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Understanding your inkjet photo paper options is important because each major category of inkjet photo paper offers different ink absorption properties, base colors and textures, and surface finishes.

The properties of an inkjet photo paper are determined by several factors: (1) the type of inkjet-receptive coating that controls the spread of the ink droplets: (2) the brightness, smoothness, and thickness of the paper itself, and (3) the use of barrier layers that keep ink from penetrating thinner base papers and causing it to swell and ripple.

Glossy Papers

On glossy papers, the inks are designed to stay on the surface of a paper with a neutral to cool tone. This results in more vibrant colors, higher contrast, and more details. If the visual power of your imagery comes from brilliant, realistic colors and extra-sharp detail, choose a glossy paper.

Matte Papers

These papers tend to absorb more ink. The ink droplets spread more as they come into contact with the paper. Thus, these papers produce more muted colors, less contrast, and softer details. If you want your photos to have a more ethereal, painterly effect, a matte paper can be a good choice.

Matte papers are slightly rough and can lead to feeding problems in some types of printers. Sometimes, small fibers can appear on the print surface and should be shaken off before printing.

Semi-Gloss Papers

This broad category (which includes satin, semi-gloss, luster, and pearl papers) offers a compromise between high-gloss and matte papers. Semi-gloss papers have a softer sheen and a slightly irregular surface structure in which tiny bumps diffuse light rays instead of reflecting them.

If your images will be viewed under bright lights, these papers can produce good color, contrast, and detail without the distracting glare and reflection that tend to occur with glossy papers. These papers are also less likely to show fingerprints if the photos are handled (such as in an album or portfolio).

Baryta Papers

This category of papers was formulated to replicate the fine-art photography papers used in classic black-and-white darkroom processes. An inkjet-receptive coating is applied to an archival matte art paper that was been treated with a smooth white layer of barium sulfate (“baryta”). The baryta layer keeps the ink from soaking into the art paper and provides the smoothness and whiteness needed to reproduce photographic details. Many baryta papers have a subtle warm tone because they are made without optical brighteners that can chemically degrade over time.

Metallic Inkjet Papers

The pigments in the coatings of metallic inkjet papers produce prints with a pearlescent shimmer. The prints can look different when viewed from different angles. This shimmery look flatters skin tones, and adds radiance to wedding, boudoir, or nude photography. These papers are also popular for high-key images of jewelry, water, metals, or satiny textiles.

Experiment!

The best way to determine which paper is right for your photographs is to experiment. Vendors such as Museo, Innova, and Hahnemuhle offer sample packs that let you see for yourself how the same image looks when printed on papers with different surface textures and finishes.

The newest inkjet photo papers have been developed to consistently reproduce wide color gamuts on 6-, 8-, or 12-color inkjet printers. Look for papers that produce deep, rich blacks, high-contrast colors, and wide tonal ranges with smooth gradations between tones.

Freedom Paper offers an outstanding selection of inkjet photo papers from top brands such as Kodak, HP, Canon, Innova, Moab, Hahnemuhle, Magic, and Sihl. Premium-grade, archival photo papers can be used for gallery exhibitions, photo restorations, and photo gifts. Budget-friendly options deliver excellent photo quality in presentations and short-term displays.

Inkjet photo papers that are coated on both sides can be printed on both sides and are ideal for photo albums, scrapbooks, and greeting cards.

If you need help choosing the right inkjet photo paper for a specific project, please call us at 866-310-3335. The friendly inkjet media experts at Freedom Paper will be happy to suggest some options.

5 Reasons to Use Inkjet Fabric Banner Material for Displays

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The term “soft signage” describes inkjet graphics printed on fabric banner material. The graphics can be stretched onto display frames or hemmed for use as pole banners, flags, or backdrops. Fabric banner material that has a repositionable adhesive on the back can be mounted directly on clean, dry walls, windows, countertops, or other flat or gently curved surfaces.

Soft signage offers several practical, aesthetic, and environmental advantages compared to vinyl banners or graphics printed or mounted on rigid boards.

Here are just five reasons to use inkjet banner fabric material:

Fabric banners are lightweight, making them less costly to ship from site to site. According to a graphics firm that makes supersized textile banners, fabric banners weigh about 75% less than vinyl banners.

Fabric banners are biodegradable and easier to reuse or recycle. Inkjet fabric banner material was initially developed as an environmentally friendly alternative to using PVC (vinyl) banner materials.

Fabric banners are easy to roll up, ship, or store. Inkjet fabric banner materials are typically made from wrinkle-free fabrics, so they look great when you unpack and hang them.

Fabric banners look and feel softer than plastic banners. Some fabric banner materials have an elegant satiny sheen. Other fabric banner materials are perfect for backdrops for photo and video shoots and trade show booths because they don’t reflect glare from bright lights.

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Fabric banner material is versatile. Some people use fabric banner material as an easy-to-print alternative to backlit film. Or, you can use it to make pole banners, table drapes, banner stand graphics, gallery wraps, promotional tote bags, decorative wall decals, or flags. Many manufacturers of trade-show and advertising displays offer display stands specifically designed for fabric banners.

Freedom Paper offers a terrific selection of fabric banner materials for use on all types of wide format inkjet printers. If you have questions about which fabric would work best for your printer model and display requirements, please call our customer-service team at 866-310-3335.

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Ordering HP Designjet Plotter Paper and Inks for Legacy Models

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If you need HP Designjet plotter paper for an older model HP Designjet, you aren’t alone. Because HP was a leader in developing pen plotters and the wide-format color inkjet printers that replaced them, HP did a fantastic job building and selling them.

Even though HP no longer sells some legacy models such as the HP Designjet 500 series, HP Designjet 800 series, HP Designjet 1055, or HP Designjet 5000, we know that plenty of companies still use them. Many machines are still being used for everyday printing of monochrome drawings, maps, or presentations on bond paper, mylar, and vellum.

Freedom Paper has sold HP Designjet supplies since 2002. While the newest Designjets models are built to handle a wider range of materials (so you can print full-color, image-rich documents), we know how important it is to keep your reliable old HP Designjets up and running. Our huge selection of HP Designjet supplies includes HP Designjet ink cartridges, HP Designjet plotter paper, and accessories for legacy and current HP Designjet inkjet printers.

Does Your HP Designjet Use Dye or Pigment Inks?

Before ordering HP Designjet supplies online, it’s important to know if your printer uses dye or pigment inks. Dye inks produce bright, vibrant colors but can fade or run if displayed outdoors. Pigment inks were developed for projects that require more durability, such as outdoor signs and archival photo and art prints.

Most older HP Designjets use dye inks. Some use dye color inks with pigment black ink for sharp lines and fine text. Right now, the only legacy Designjet printers that use pigment inks are the HP Designjet 5000 UV, the HP Designjet 5500 UV, the HP Designjet Z3100 and the HP Designjet Z6100.

So if you use popular legacy printers such as the HP Designjet 500, Designjet 800, Designjet 1055, Designjet 2000, Designjet 2500, Designjet 3000, Designjet 3500, Designjet 4000, Designjet 4500, Designjet 5000, or Designjet 5500, order material that is compatible with dye inks.

On the Freedom Paper website, each product description clearly illustrates the types of inks the material can be used with.

Also keep in mind that many older model HP Designjets can’t handle materials thicker than 9 mil. So your choices may be limited if you want to you use an older model HP Designjet to print on thicker materials such as heavyweight photo and art papers, canvas, or some self-adhesive products.

If you aren’t sure that a certain photo paper or graphics material is compatible with your legacy HP Designjet, check the user manual or call the customer-service experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335.

If you tell us the type of job you would like to print on your HP Designjet, we would be happy to recommend materials that will provide great results with your trusted old workhorse of a printer.

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