I am often asked all sorts of questions about fine-art printing, and specifically about recommending papers, suppliers, and other good sources of information.
I provide students in my printing workshops with a whole list of my favorites, but I thought I would post it here for everyone else. I’ve left printers off this list because that needs a complete post unto itself – I’m working on it!
Here are my favorites…
Shades of Paper – papers, printers, inks, accessories
InkJetMall – papers, inks, and accessories
Frame Destination – frames, mates, and framing supplies in “photographer” sizes
SpeedPress – the best straight-edges in the business, self-healing mats
Booksmart Studio – metal sheets for printing, custom ICC profiles
ColorPlak – ColorBox mounting
ArtiPlaq – frameless mounting
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Papers: (I have used all of these papers in my gallery and art shows)
Canson – excellent line of fine-art papers with profiles for most popular printers. I especially like Edition Etching Rag and Rag Photographique for color images
Hahnemuhle PhotoRag – another all-time favorite which I keep in stock at all times – gives images a beautiful watercolor look.
Ilford – Ilford Galerie Gold Fiber Silk is my favorite fiber based paper – great traditional look and feel for black and white, and also exceptional detail for color photographs
RedRiver Paper – great economical paper for proofing – also for notecards
Spyder 3 Express – monitor calibration device
Color Munki – monitor and printer calibration device
PixelGenius – Photokit Sharpener plugin – my favorite sharpening plugin for Photoshop.
Imagenomic – Noiseware Professional – one of the best noise reduction plugins for Photoshop.
Other World Computing – Excellent external hard drives, memory upgrades, amd other peripherals for Mac and PC.