How To Print On Glossy Paper

If you’ve clicked on this article, it means that either your start-up requires those qualities, bold prints, or you’re venturing to start your own printing service, or (and this is my favorite). You’ve decided to finally reap the cathartic experience of printing your photography. But, unfortunately, you have no idea about the nuances of printing on the only kind of photo paper that can best suit your project- the glossy paper. 

With the sheen coating and low absorbance, this paper produces shiny prints with high color definition and resolution. It is great for making an impression- magazine papers, brochures, advertising, photographic printing, and other presentation documents.  

Although there is no exact formula to use that would get you perfect results on your first trial ever, understanding the elements of this art and knowing the precautions will abundantly aid your practice.

Step 1: Prepare The Photo For Printing On Glossy Paper

The most important part of image processing is figuring out the size of your print. It’s usually not a big deal until your goal is to print anywhere above the A4 size. Next, you must scrutinize the resolution of your jpeg- has the photo been shot with the quality lens? Is the downloaded image the highest resolution you could find on the internet? Finally, increase the sharpness anyway-does it seems unnecessary? A little goes a long way. 

The photo you are looking at on your computer is backlit, which means that it is more exposed than it will look on paper. Increase the exposure by about 30%- every printing service does that. Ideally, the shadows should also be increased to aid the visualization of the details in dark areas of the photo.

Step 2: Choosing The Right Paper For The Printer 

The paper type goes hand in hand with the choice of the printer. Since glossy papers are made with a variety of coatings, needless to say, you must choose one that is compatible with the brand and model of your printer. When choosing a photo paper, do not settle for one that cannot have 300X300 DPI prints nicely. Thicker stock delivers studio-quality prints. The amount of sheen differs between the two broad categories of glossy paper- ‘high gloss’ for printing glassy textured photographs vs. ‘semi-gloss for magazines prints, which has less glare. 

To print on high gloss paper, you will require an inkjet printer. Typically, the mechanics of a laser printer is ill-suited for this task. Instead, go for a semi-gloss paper made for your laser printer. Make sure to read the printer manual to find out the type of paper it allows, and never use paper made for an inkjet printer as this can lead to printer damage. 

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