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Old 02-07-2007, 07:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an EPSON Stylus Photo 2200 printer and I plan on printing glamour shots in the near future. Is there a specific paper or any recommendations of paper that I should use to get the best result?

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I really like the results I get from Ilford Galerie inkjet papers, especially (Cat #197 9211). On the box I've got in front of me it even has a Epson 2100/2200 compatibility tag. The Kodak Professional Lustre (E) (Cat #802 3343) is another general purpose paper. My paying clients like the quality and I haven't had any bad batches.
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I've been using 's Kokopelli photo satin paper for my "people" prints. I really like it so far. Has just the right amount of sheen to it with out looking dull or overly glossy.
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I would suggest starting with Epson's top of the line papers first - the Archival Matte, Premium Glossy, Premium Semigloss (depending on the finish you want).

The critical thing is to make sure you specify the correct ICC profile when printing (and only once - either in the printer driver, or in Photoshop - NOT BOTH!). If you start with Epson papers, the ICC profiles are provided with the printer driver, so it's easier to get it right.

Once you are getting consistent results with the Epson papers, then experiment with others. I like the results I get with Canson and Arches (French) papers, and sometimes Hahnemuhle (German).

If you are looking for a satin finish then there are lots of options:
Epson Premium Semi-Gloss or Luster
Canson PhotoSatin
Crane Silver Rag (I don't like the texture, but lots of people do)
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Satin (an odd one, in that you print this one using Matte Black ink!)

I personally prefer a matte finish (looks better behind glass and in portfolio books, IMHO). Lots of choices here, too, but my top three are:
Epson Archival Matte (I use this for all my draft printing)
Arches Natural Soft
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag

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Epson has new ICC out. You can find them on their site. I print with an Epson R2400, and as long as you proof them right in PS, you should not have any big issues with the non Epson brands.
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