A 190gram high-white instant-dry satin paper with a specific high-quality ink receiver layer and double-sided polyethylene coating that help to create excellent photo-realistic prints. This paper is suitable for digital photographic prints and proofing applications.
Range: Rocket Photo Paper PE Satin.
A lot of technological know how goes into making high performance photo paper. The starting point is a high quality ink receiver layer which ensures ink hitting the surface is accurate and stays where it is supposed to be. This is vital if you wish to print photo quality images, fine details and smooth half tones. Papers for traditional toner based machines typically have a very flat surface (giving a flat image) unlike high quality instant dry satin papers where the surface is made up of tens of thousands of tiny pyramids. Problems such as metamerism or bronzing occur when a lower performance paper is unable to withstand heavy ink saturation when the droplets of ink bleed into one another. This results in colours appearing to shift under different lighting conditions or small colour variations being lost completely. Our 190gram 36” satin photo paper performs impeccably.
Our 190 gram satin photo paper works equally well with dye based or pigmented inks, if you need your photo quality images to be fade resistant we would always suggest using pigmented (see our HP Z range of machines) where there is no compromise on quality but all the benefits of an ink designed to look as vibrant year after year. When you buy our 190gsm 36” satin white photo paper rolls you can be assured that tonal quality and dynamic colour accuracy will be highly impressive. Our rolls are also ideal for proofing.
When you buy from a specialist print company like Entwistle Group that actually relies on the products it sells customers can be assured they are getting the best quality paper. Very few of our competitors actually print or even test the paper they sell.
We make huge investments in printer hardware to try and produce the highest quality prints for our customers but without high performance paper results are less than impressive. We have 13 inkJet printers across our four print operations in the North West and have tested a number of different 190 gsm 36” papers and have found SIHL's Rocket Photo paper to be outstanding.
What is the best way to get photo-realistic prints? The challenge for us in the printing business has been to achieve comparable results to those of photographers who print their images direct from film negatives, which requires using a totally different printing technique.
For photographers, when they develop film and then produce photographs they have to use a variety of chemicals and the process leaves solid areas of colour or black and white.
Printing using inkjet technology is a very different process in that ink is used to create individual tightly packed dots on the paper. If viewed under a microscope, you will be able to see very small areas of white in between each dot. Without magnification, when we look at a digital print our eyes compensate and join each dot together, so areas of white become totally imperceptible, leaving the impression of solid colour.
In using this technique, those printers which can print the greatest number of dots within a precise area (DPI) have the least areas of white and therefore the resulting print will be far closer to the quality of an original photograph.
Of course, the printing process alone is insufficient to produce photo-realistic prints. The role of paper used is equally as critical. A high-quality satin or gloss photo paper allows for more ink to be used and this will be absorbed more swiftly, which helps to contain bleeding (no fuzzy edges). This effective use of ink on a superior medium allows for a greater density of ink and thus the spacing between dots becomes smaller, further reducing the areas of white.
Our knowledgeable sales staff are amongst the most highly trained in the industry and deal with most questions customers have about satin photo paper rolls or any other media. In the unlikely event they can't reply to a query they can ask a member of our print team who will undoubtedly have the answer. Entwistle are justifiably regarded as experts.
If you require any help please call sales on 0161 653 9310