I placed an order on ‘ThePrintSpace’ for a sample pack of the different printing types so that I could physical see a difference instead of looking at them on the website.
The sample comes with a mixture of C-type and Gicée.
A digital C-type printing is an LED/Laser process using Lightjet or Lambda. At ThePrintSpace they use a Chromira printer. It uses papers that are light-sensitive which contain silver crystals overlaid and suspended in emulsion that are exposed, developed and then fixed to make an endless tone true the photographic image.
Giclée ink jet printing is a dry process by which ink is sprayed precisely onto a paper in an array of dots known as a half-tone pattern.
These are the different types of printing types:
The Fuji Matt sample is my favourite out of all the samples because I think it would flatter my images that I’ve taken, as it has a matte finishing so there isn’t really a glare unless you have the print on an angle, as shown below. Another thing is that it’s true to its colour and with the type of photography that I’ve chosen to do I need the print to look like my images.
I personally don’t think there’s that much of a difference between the Fuji matt and the gloss, other than the finishing of them. They have the same thickness but Fuji Gloss feels smooth, silky and slightly slippy where as the matte one feels flat and stiff when rubbing you fingers over the top of the paper but other than that there’s nothing else that’s different.
I really like the Kodax Metalic, I think it really compliments the image they’ve chosen to put it with. When you bend the paper slightly you can see silver undertones also, when adding light onto the paper you can really see the silver on the car. Another thing to add is that the border is again silver where as the other 4 C-Type’s have a white border, you can’t really tell unless you put it up to something that’s white though. The paper also feels the same as the Fuji Gloss.
The Flex has a constant sheen to it, which gives it a wet look. It also feels similar to the gloss but more silky. I really like the Fuji Flex although I don’t think it would look right with the type of photography that I’ve done but it works well with the image that they’ve chosen for the sample. It also feels similar to the gloss but more silky.
Epson Semi Gloss
The Epson Semi Gloss looks a lot like the Fuji Matt, although there is a slight difference, the Semi Gloss has got more os sheen to it and it’s Giclée not a C-Type, it’s also thicker than any of the C-Type’s. It feels like similar to the Fuji Matt but softer and it’s somewhat thinner than the other Giclée’s.
Harman Gloss Warmtone
As the name puts forward that its warm tone you automatically think it has warm tones and you can tell by the border as it’s not white compared to some of the other prints. It’s also slightly thicker than the Epson Semi Gloss and marginally more glossy. This print also has a sheen to it as expected as it’s a gloss.
The Canson Baryta has a matte finishing which is very similar to the Fuji Matt but it’s just thicker.
The Handmühle Pearl also has a matte finishing but is quite sticky to touch which gives it a slight sheen to it. It’s also textured as you can see in the image down below.
Handmühle Photo Rag
This print paper is again has a matte finishing, it has no sheen to it what so ever. Also feels a lot thicker, which gives the impression that it’s going to be really good quality, however the sample I got marked easily which you can see in the photo below. Theres also a slight texture to it.
Handmühle German Etching
Handmühle German Etching is a lot thicker than all the previous samples too. I t feels like a type of cardboard but thinner. This sample is also textured which would make it easy to mark which could ruin your image(s).
Canson Aquarelle Rag
This sample is the most textured out of all the samples, which I think wouldn’t go with the type of photography that I’ve gone for. Another thing to add, is that it’s textured so it wouldn’t flatter my images unlike the Fuji Matt.
I won’t be using ThePrintSpace as it’s quite expensive for one print, but I’m glad that I got the sample pack because I now know the different printing types and the quality of them.