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HP expands large format photo, proofing paper portfolio

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HP hasy added three new papers (14 new product numbers) to its large format media portfolio that are designed especially for print service providers and creatives, broadening HP’s offerings in the large format media space.

HP Everyday Pigment Ink Photo Paper 235 g/m² is an economic microporous paper that delivers superior image quality with HP Vivera pigment inks. When used together, HP Everyday Pigment Ink Photo Paper and HP Vivera pigment inks provide an ideal system solution for printing photorealistic images with rich detail and vibrant colours. This affordable and versatile, 235 gsm photo paper is available in satin and gloss finishes and four different widths (24, 36, 42 and 60 inches).
“The quality of this ‘everyday’ paper is far superior to that of any paper comparable in type and price point,” says David Henderson, Large Format Manager for print service provider R and R Images.
Henderson tested both the gloss and satin finishes of HP Everyday Pigment Ink Photo Paper using two different HP Designjet printers and was very impressed with the results.
“This new paper was extremely easy to handle coming off either printer; it was literally dry before it was out from under the cover, even on a heavy, rich black,” says Henderson. “The overall brightness of the prints was particularly pleasing as well. We sampled images with remarkably wide gamuts and found no instance of bleeding from either machine, even at almost 400% ink coverage.
"The heavy weight of the paper provided the prints with a pleasing feel, equal to that of our regular ‘premium’ papers. With the suggested price point of this product and the flexibility to use it on any of our aqueous printers with pigment inks, it will be ideal for larger run print jobs.”
HP has also announced HP Premium Matte Photo Paper, a high-quality paper featuring a smooth matte surface and weighty stiffness for professional prints. This 210 gsm paper gives photographers versatility with their output by delivering vibrant, full colour graphics and photorealistic images with high ink loads that can be laminated instantly. This superior quality, ripple-free paper is available in matte finish and comes in two different widths (24 and 36 inches).
These papers are ideal for print service providers and creative professionals who want to create high-quality images at competitive price points.
Today’s final addition to the HP’s large-format media portfolio is HP Premium Semi-gloss Proofing Paper that offers exceptional image stability with minimal colour shift after printing. This 240 gsm Proofing paper delivers all the benefits of the existing HP Professional Semi-gloss Contract Proofing Paper, with the added benefit of containing no Optical Brighteners. The Proofing substrate has been tested and certified by Fogra and meets ISO standards. HP Premium Semi-gloss Proofing Paper is available in size A3+ cut sheets, 18-inch, 24-inch, and 42-inch roll width, and is only available for purchase across the EMEA region.
All the new HP papers will be available for purchase in March.