Friday, February 27, 2015

Harman Inkjet Paper

A while ago I decided I wanted to see my Impossible Project emulsion lifts printed larger on fine art inkjet paper. A friend of mine recommended Harman inkjet paper. Looking at Harman's inkjet paper sample book I noticed they had a great selection of paper surfaces, everything from matt to high gloss finishes, smooth to textured. After a bit of research I went with their Matt Cotton Smooth 17x22. I found that I really liked how the Matt Cotton Smooth seemed to make the lifts look like they were a part of the paper not just ink sitting on top of a surface.

Since then I have gotten stock on the Harman Inkjet papers for Beau Photo Supplies, we now regularly carry the Matt Cotton Smooth, Gloss Baryta and Gloss Art Fibre in 8.5x11, 13x19 and 17x22. There are five other choices such as, Matt Fibre Duo, Matt Cotton Textured, Gloss Art Fibre Warmtone, Gloss Baryta Warmtone, and canvas that are easy enough to special order in. 

Here are some examples of the different papers and I have taken photos of them at a certain angle with the light hitting them so you can actually see the texture (or lack there of) on each of them. Most of these photos are also very close up too, in the hopes you can get a sense of what the texture looks like. We have sample books in store so you can feel them and see them in person however!

Gloss Art Fibre. 300 gsm, 100% alpha-cellulose, white, glossy.

Gloss Art Fibre Warmtone. 300 gsm, 100% alpha-cellulose, warmtone, glossy

Gloss Baryta. 320 gsm, 100% alpha-cellulose, white, glossy

Gloss Baryta Warmtone. 320 gsm, 100% alpha-cellulose, warmtone, glossy

Canvas. 450 gsm, poly-cotton, white

Matt Cotton Textured. 300 gsm, 100% cotton, white

Matt Cotton Smooth. 300gsm, 100% cotton, white.

An interesting bit of trivia I learned while researching Harman Inkjet paper is that the name Harman is the surname of the founder of Ilford, Alfred Harman. 

Also that Hahnemuhle and Harman paired up to produce this paper together which is how they have had the ability to produce an inkjet paper that has the look and feel of traditional Ilford darkroom paper. 

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