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Fine Art Paper

Canvas Memoir Pro’s print on demand service allows you to buy the best quality giclée fine art prints at wholesale prices. All of our premium papers are archival grade and will last for generations with the proper care.


Soon to be Lumaprints!

We will soon be Lumaprints! So feel free to come check out our new Fine Art Paper Prints Product Page, which will also include pricing information for our Fine Art Paper Prints.

NOTE: to see Pro pricing at Lumaprints, simply register an account at our Lumaprints Registration Page, and select “Pro” account type. Then, once you log in, all prices will automatically adjust to display our Pro, wholesale pricing.

Bleeds

You can choose the size of the bleed for your print when you order your Fine Art Paper print. You have the choices of:

  • No Bleed (Image goes to the edge of the paper)
  • 0.5” Total Bleed (0.25” around each side) We recommend using the 0.5" bleed, especially if your customers are planning on framing their print. The bleed helps the print look better when framed as it enables more of the image to be in view (the frame would cover up the outside edges of the paper).
  • 1.0” Total Bleed (0.5” around each side)
  • 2.0” Total Bleed (1.0” around each side)

Paper Options

LexJet Premium Archival Smooth Matte Fine Art Paper (230 gsm)

LexJet's Premium Archival Matte Paper is a smooth, neutral-white, matte paper for high-quality fine art, photo reproduction, and open-edition decor. The paper supports accurate color reproduction and high-contrast, high-resolution output, and is acid-free for a longer print life with pigment inks. It features a heavy weight (230 gsm), and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging

Epson Hot Press Bright White Heavy Smooth Matte Fine Art Paper (300-330 gsm)

330 gsm sheets (up to 17x22), 300 gsm on larger images. The Epson Hot Press Bright White Fine Art Paper is part of their “Signature Worthy” series of papers – papers good enough to use for art shows and exhibitions. It is an archival grade acid-free, 100% cotton rag inkjet paper with a bright smooth finish. This 17 mil, 330 gsm paper has an extremely high color gamut and black density, prefect for artists and photographers looking for a smooth fine art finish. The Hot Press Bright has an ultra smooth finish and bright white surface with an extremely high D-Max for high contrast in both B&W as well as color reproduction prints.

Epson Cold Press Bright White Heavy Textured Matte Fine Art Paper (300-340 gsm)

340 gsm sheets (up to 17x22), 300 gsm on larger images EPSON Cold Press Bright White Fine Art Paper is part of their “Signature Worthy” series of papers – papers good enough to use for art shows and exhibitions. It is an archival grade acid free, 100% cotton rag paper with a bright white, textured surface. This 21 mil, 340gsm paper has an extremely-high color gamut and black density perfect for artists and photographers looking for a bright white, textured surface. This surface replicates that of traditional watercolor artist papers.

Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth Pearl Semi-Glossy / Luster Photo Paper (310 gsm)

Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth Pearl paper features the very latest HDR (High Dynamic Range) optically clear coating and coupled with recent advancements in inkjet receiving layer design, makes this the reference media for producing images with superb clarity, high sharpness and excellent colour gamut. The high-density, resin coated heavyweight base and smooth pearl finish not only eliminate glare and fingerprints but with its natural photographic white tint, produce prints with the true look and feel of a photograph.

Epson Metallic Glossy Photo Paper (260 gsm)

EPSON Signature Worthy Metallic Photo Paper Luster is designed with an incredible Dmax and rich color gamut. This semi-gloss, E-surface, photographic paper features a unique metallic surface that provides extreme sharpness and depth.

Guidelines Choosing the Right Paper:

We’ve provided a few guidelines below to help you choose between the different paper types that we offer. The paper you use should suit the mood that you are trying to convey and the content of the image you are printing. The below will highlight some of the differences between glossy papers vs matte papers as well as some of the specifics on the papers we offer. At the end of the day, what matters most though is what you think looks good!

Uses of Fine Art Matte Papers

Mood, Vintage, Style, Text: Matte papers are often used if you want to convey a more subtle mood to your photo. Vintage style photos and artwork are displayed much better on matte paper – shiny glossy or semi-glossy papers would take away from this effect. Prints that are pastel, or have a lot of text would also work better on Matte Paper vs Glossy Paper. It is more pleasant to read text on matte papers than glossy or semi-glossy papers.

Solid Colors / Lower Contras, Black and White: Matte paper works well for images that have large swathes of solid or similar colors, and images that generally have lower contrast. Fine Art Matte paper is also often used for Black and White photography and images.

Larger Prints, Finger Print resistant: If you are printing or selling larger sizes of your work, matte paper often works better than glossy. As glossy paper prints are shiny, larger prints often catch the reflection of lights when viewed. Matte papers are not shiny, hence do not have this issue. Matte papers are also more finger print resistant than Glossy and Semi-Glossy papers and are easier to handle.

Differences between Regular Smooth Matte, Heavy Textured Matte, and Heavey Smooth Matte:

All of the papers that we use are Archival Grade and will last for a very long time if properly maintained.

The Smooth Matte - LexJet Premium Archival Matte Paper

Both the Heavy Textured Matte Paper and Heavy Smooth Matte papers are very thick and luxurious to the touch. These are premium quality papers included in Epson’s “Signature Worthy” series of papers – papers good enough to use for art shows and exhibitions. The EPSON Cold Press Bright White Heavy Textured Matte paper feels like a traditional artist’s watercolor paper and has more texture on the surface of the paper. The Epson Hot Press Bright White Heavy Smooth Matte paper is a matte paper that has a smoother surface.

Both are great papers and which one you choose for your matte paper would depends on your preference. The Epson Hot Press Bright White Heavy Smooth Matte paper prints with a slightly higher level of detail than the EPSON Cold Press Bright White Heavy Textured Matte paper, as smooth papers print slightly more sharply than textured papers do. The EPSON Cold Press Bright White Heavy Textured Matte is very useful for more “rougher” styles of images and prints, such as vintage prints, or pictures in old settings. The heavier texture helps to bring out the “rough” feels of the image more.

Uses of Fine Art Matte Papers

Semi-Glossy and Glossy photo papers are excellent for photos and images that are vibrant and that you want to “shout out”. Designs that have rich colors and tones, lots of imagery, and minimal text are well suited for Semi-Glossy prints and Glossy prints. The Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl Semi-Glossy/Luster Paper is an archival grade paper offers a very full color range. Colors really “pop” on this paper, and brings out the vividness of the photos and artwork that is printed on it. This helps to bring forth a lot of the details in the print. The semi-gloss coating on the paper significantly reduces the glare and fingerprint smudges that are otherwise found on glossy papers.

The EPSON Metallic Glossy Photo Paper is an archival grade paper that is even more rich in color and detail than the Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl paper. It is also part of the Epson “Signature Worthy” series of papers. The metallic finish gives the pictures an almost 3d like feel to them. The metallic finish prints especially well for images that have metal or other shiny things in them. It really helps to brings out the sheen of these items. One watch-out of this paper, and glossy papers in general is that ti does have a lot of glare which can be a problem under certain lighting conditions. Glossy prints can also sometimes stick to scrapbooks or glass mounting – semi-gloss prints would be better suited for this.

If you are not sure about which paper would best suit your print and your needs, we recommend you order a sample pack from us. We will print your image on all the different papers that we offer so you can see how your image looks on each of them to decide which one you like the most. You can order a 8.5 x 11” sample pack here.