CSi Print Studio currently has over 35 different papers in stock which range from photo papers through to Fine Art style inkjet papers from Hahnemuhle, Canson, Arches, MOAB, Ilford, Epson Fabriano and Awagami. We are always looking to expand our horizons and to offer to our clientele an expanded range of fine papers on which to realize their images in print.
We make every effort to use sheets versus rolls for our prints, whenever possible and when available. Not all papers or sizes are available in sheets. But, up to 17″ x 22″ most papers are available. Beyond that the papers are available in rolls up to 44″ wide.
The Meaning of Fine Paper: Paper is an extraordinary thing. The natural bonding of fibrous materials form strong sheets on which humanity has poured out its musings for thousands of years. “Fine paper” is not a precisely defined term. However, practically speaking, the term “fine art paper” simply refers to suitable paper for use by “fine artists.” That said, the term has become synonymous with high quality papers with superb archival qualities for use in different applications. In digital photography, it essentially precludes high gloss, RC (resin coated) based, plasticizes papers such as those found in standard gloss, lustre or semi-gloss photo-style materials.
Historically, fine art paper was usually made using 100% cotton content and, for photography, high alpha-cellulose (purified wood pulp). Both are suitable for archival purposes since they address the problem of preserving documents for long periods. The intensity of fine paper often catches people by surprise. It is evocative and sensual. A hand made sheet of paper is a delicate, natural material which reflects every level of existence. For many, the exploration of different qualities of unknown sheets opens up new ways of thinking and inspires creativity. The selection of a suitable paper on which to render an image is a deeply personal issue. The right choice of paper is essential if the desired results are to be achieved. We are happy to work with our clients in close collaboration to ensure that the right selection paper or canvas is achieved.
Papers We Offer Currently:
For Basic Photo Prints / Proofs: these papers by Epson: Gloss 255 gsm, Lustre 255 gsm, Semi-Gloss 255 gsm, Semi-Matte Photo 255 gsm, Semi-Matte Proofing 240 gsm or Premium Presentation Matte Paper 190 gsm; by MOAB: Lasal Matte 235 gsm; by Canon: Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 260 gsm.
For High Resolution Monitored Prints: these papers by Epson: Hot Press Natural (UltraSmooth) 330 gsm, Cold Press Natural 340 gsm, Velvet Fine Art, Exhibition Fiber 325 gsm; Somerset Velvet F.A. 255 gsm; Legacy Series: Fine Art Platine 314 gsm, Fine Art Baryta 314 gsm, Legacy Fibre 314 gsm and Legacy Etching 314 gsm;
by Canson Infinity: Baryta Photographique 310 gsm; Baryta Prestige 340 gsm; Canson Aquarelle 310gsm (Warmer with Uniform Texture), Premium Photo Satin 270 gsm;
by Canson ARCHES: Aquarelle Rag 310 gsm.(Brighter White with More Random Texture) with Uniform Texture), Arches 88 Rag 310 gsm, BFK Rives Pure White 310 gsm,
Metallic by Kodak: Professional Metallic Photo 255gsm; by Red River Polar Pearl 305 gsm;
by Ilford: Galerie Prestige Smooth Pearl 290 gsm, Gold Fibre Silk 315 gsm.
by Hahnemuhle Fine Art: Photo Rag Pearl 320 gsm, Photo Rag Bright White 310 gsm, Photo Rag Baryta 315 gsm, William Turner 190 and 310 gsm, Bamboo 290 gsm, Museum Etching 350 gsm, Torchon 285 gsm.
by Hahnemuhle/Harman: Gloss Baryta 320gsm;
by MOAB: Somerset Museum Rag 300gsm;
KEY:- AC: Alpha-cellulose; B: Bamboo; C: Cotton Fibre; RC: Resin Coated; Reference to OBA (Optical Brightening Agents) content:- OBA: Heavy Content; Md: Medium Content; VL: Very Light Content
NOTE: Epson is a manufacturer of fine inkjet printing equipment. Epson does NOT manufacture papers. The papers listed below which carry the Epson moniker were actually made by various mills such as Canson, Hahnemuhle and others around the world.
Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique (310 gsm) AC / VL OBA: This is a true Baryta paper developed for inkjet technology. It consists of an alpha-cellulose, acid-free, white paper base with the same barium sulphate coating used for traditional silver halide. A premium inkjet receiver layer coats the surface. Baryta Photographique offers the look and aesthetic of the original darkroom baryta print and complies with the ISO 9706 standard for maximum longevity. This museum grade photo paper shows excellent black density, colour gamut and image sharpness, making it ideal for black and white and colour photography.
Canson Infinity Baryta Prestige (340 gsm) AC + C / VL OBA: is comprised of an acid-free alpha-cellulose and cotton white paper base with a true barium sulphate coating. It is a smooth Baryta Gloss paper which evokes the look and aesthetic feel of traditional darkroom papers. The paper characteristics are truly unique: providing excellent durability, outstanding black optical density (D-max), and superb image sharpness. The paper offers a good level of flatness, excellent surface homogeneity, very good cuttability, and its printed and non-printed surfaces differ only very slightly in glossiness. It offers an extraordinary wide gamut which increases visual impact. Canson® Infinity Baryta Prestige is an innovative product for the more discerning photographer and printmaker, whether creating black and white or colour archival prints.
Canson Infinity Aquarelle (310gsm) C: Genuine 100% rag, watercolour paper which possesses the unique structure, surface texture and warm white tone that demanding artists expect from a traditional Fine Art paper. This paper complies with the highest archival standards and is extremely age resistant.
Canson Infinity PhotoSatin (270 gsm) AC+ RC / Md OBA: Made from a 100% alpha cellulose base and featuring a structured polyethylene coating and microporous color receiver layer, PhotoSatin Premium RC Paper has a smooth semi-gloss surface softens reflections. It has a wide color gamut. The 270 gsm paper features a thickness of 10.3 mil. It has a moderate amount of OBA content to hit a whiteness of 137.18%. For longevity it is acid free and internally buffered while it is also instant drying and highly water resistant.
Canson Infinity BFK Rives Pure White (310 gsm) C / No OBA: BFK Rives® Pure White is a 100% cotton paper which has a perfectly balanced soft grain that brings out the detail in every image. This unique printmaking paper base is manufactured on a traditional cylinder mould press at the ARCHES® paper mill, one of the oldest papermakers in France. As a result of using 100% cotton and the time-honoured manufacturing process, the paper has a very soft and supple feel. The paper has a pure white tone and is completely free of any optical brighteners (OBAs). The unique inkjet receiving layer produces prints with superb colour rendition, deep blacks and pure whites offering photographers, artists and printmakers the opportunity to create images with superb tonal range, excellent highlights and mid-tones. BFK Rives® Pure White is a prestigious paper and offers artists, printmakers and photographers alike the ability to create digital fine art prints on an authentic ARCHES® paper for both limited and open edition work.
Canson Infinity ARCHES 88 (310 gsm) C / No OBA: ARCHES® master papermakers have been producing very high-quality fine art papers since 1492, and today ARCHES® is the only paper mill in France using a traditional cylinder mould process for all its papers, including ARCHES® 88. Made of 100% cotton, it offers an ultra-smooth surface finish and a soft and supple feel to the touch. ARCHES® 88 has a pure white tone and is completely free of any optical brighteners (OBAs). The unique inkjet receiving layer produces prints with superb colour rendition, deep blacks and natural whites offering photographers, artists and printmakers the opportunity to create images with a superb tonal range, excellent highlights and mid-tones. ARCHES® 88 is a prestigious printmaking paper and offers artists, printmakers and photographers alike the ability to create digital fine art prints on an authentic ARCHES® paper for both limited and open edition work.
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl (320 gsm) C: has a smooth surface structure with a pearl-coating – natural white paper – 100 % cotton – no Optical Brighteners – high Dmax – large color gamut – use of cotton linters makes the paper extremely age resistant – conforms to the highest conservation requirements – suitable for black-and-white and color photographs with warm grey and colour tones and for art reproductions. Photo Rag Pearl is a natural white 100% cotton paper with guaranteed archival standards. The premium inkjet coating of Photo Rag Pearl meets the highest industry standards of colour density, gamut, gradation and image sharpness.
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White (310 gsm) C / Md OBA: Photo Rag Bright White is the first choice for all users who prefer an especially bright white cotton paper and often considered to be the industry standard. Photo Rag Bright White is ideal for reproducing high contrast images.
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta (315 gsm) C: a “natural” white, 100% cotton paper – guarantees archival standards. With its smooth conservative gloss baryta coating this paper yields high density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the feel of genuine art paper. The paper is OBA-free. It has a paper-white of 97, 0, 2 (Lab) with a mild/fine surface texture and low gloss differential.
Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta (325 gsm) AC / OBA: Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta is a bright white, cellulose-based FineArt inkjet paper with an inkjet coating specially tailored for FineArt use. The clearly visible, exquisite felt structure lends the paper its lovely soft feel and tactile surface texture to produce prints with a stunning three-dimensional quality and depth. The high-gloss premium inkjet coating guarantees outstanding print results with perfect reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks and striking contrasts. The barium sulphate within the coating gives FineArt Baryta the feel of a traditional analogue baryta paper and makes it a popular alternative for inkjet printing. The acid- and lignin-free FineArt inkjet paper meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance. FineArt Baryta is a versatile classic for FineArt applications and sets standards in the printing of both black and white and colour photographs.
Hahnemuhle William Turner (310 gsm) C: This paper is white, 100% cotton paper and guarantees archival standards. The mould-made water colour paper features a distinct textured surface. With its premium matte inkjet coating William Turner meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper. With its matt water colour texture this paper is a genuine mould-made paper in both look and feel. William Turner is ideal for reproductions of traditional artworks and also for striking and expressive photo reproductions.
Hahnemuhle Bamboo (290 gsm) B + C: is a natural white paper with a smooth surface texture and is made from 90% bamboo fibers and 10% cotton and guarantees archival standards. With its premium matt inkjet coating Bamboo meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper.
Hahnemuhle Museum Etching (350 gsm) C: The luxurious texture of a traditional etching board and the natural white point make Museum Etching the ideal medium for images with soft tints or fine grey nuances. textured surface. With its premium matte inkjet coating Museum Etching meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper.
Hahnemuhle Torchon (290 gsm) C / Md OBA: The term “torchon” is taken from the French and means “coarse structure”. The special surface texture of this bright white paper is a reminder of this. The texture is obvious but gentle and feels painterly. It can capture the timeless original beauty and three dimensionality of an artwork in its own special way. Torchon is a natural white 100% cotton paper with minimal OBA content – guarantees archival standards. The etching paper features a distinct undulating textured surface. With its premium matte inkjet coating Torchon meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper.
Hahnemuhle / Harman Gloss Baryta (320gsm) AC / OBA: A true Baryta paper which has been refined for the requirements of the Fine Art inkjet prints. It has an alpha-cellulose, natural white base with a particularly smooth and glossy surface. It has the look, feel and scent of a high grade darkroom baryta.
Ilford Galerie Presige Gold Fibre Silk (310gsm) AC: This is a beautiful baryta paper. It is very similar to Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique. It consists of an alpha-cellulose, acid-free pure white paper with the same barium sulphate coating as for traditional silver halide and a premium inkjet colour receiver layer. Gold Fibre Silk offers the look and aesthetic of the original darkroom baryta print and complies with the ISO 9706 standard for maximum longevity. This museum grade photo paper shows excellent black density and great image sharpness, very large gamut, excellent D-Max and a slightly brighter white point than the Canson. Both are ideal for black and white photography.
Ilford Galerie Presige Smooth Pearl (270gsm) RC / OBA: This is Ilford’s version of a lustre finish with a slightly warmer base than the Epson Lustre. Otherwise, it performs in a very similar way. The high-density, resin coated base and smooth pearl finish help to eliminate glare and produces prints with the look and feel of a conventional photograph.
Epson Legacy Series Fine Art Platine (314 gsm) C: 100% cotton fibre paper with an OBA‑free satin surface. The feel of an artist’s paper with outstanding color gamut and black density. A very unique paper, Legacy Platine combines the look and feel of a traditional silver halide paper, but with a true fine art cotton base. With outstanding black density and color gamut, this paper is ideal for any color or black and white printmaking. Available in roll or cut sheet.
Epson Legacy Series Fine Art Baryta (314 gsm) AC / VL OBA: Classic baryta paper with a smooth satin surface, taking the best of revered silver halide papers to new levels of quality. Inspired by the original eleven members of the f.64 Group, this paper has the look and feel of a silver halide F‑surface darkroom paper. This is a true Baryta paper with two barium sulfate coatings, along with an industry leading micro‑porous ink jet receptive layer. Available in roll or cut sheet.
Epson Legacy Series Fine Art Fibre (314 gsm) C: 100% cotton fibre paper with an exceptionally bright, OBA‑free, slightly textured matte surface. An old‑world artisan paper, combined with advanced technology. Legacy Fibre has a slightly textured matte finish with a true white base color, making it a unique OBA‑free fine art paper with exceptional black density and color gamut. Available in roll or cut sheet.
Epson Legacy Series Fine Art Etching (314 gsm) C: 100% cotton fibre paper with a bright, OBA‑free, uniquely textured matte surface. Legacy Etching is a tribute to the classic hand‑made etching papers beloved by artists for hundreds of years. With a subtle textured surface, this paper delivers outstanding print quality without overpowering the print itself. Available in roll or cut sheet.
Epson Somerset Velvet Fine Art (255 gsm) C: The Epson Somerset Velvet Fine Art Paper has a Velvet Surface and produces prints with a Museum Quality Appearance. The Velvet provides Vivid Color Reproduction with a High Black Density and works with the highest resolution output from the Stylus Pro series printers. The Somerset Velvet medium is exclusively produced for EPSON by St. Cuthberts Mill, the most famous manufacturer of Somerset media, which are among the most popular media on the Fine Art market. The 505 / 255 gram medium has a resin-based surface.
Kodak Inkjet Metallic (255gsm) RC / OBA: This Photo Metallic Paper enables you to create stunning prints that previously could be output only in a darkroom. The metallic, high-gloss surface on this 10-mil, 255g photo paper results in prints that are sharp, vibrant, and exceptionally rich-looking. This paper provides the perfect way to make portraits, commercial display prints, and competition prints that stand out from the others. The instant-dry, scratch-resistant surface makes it practical for everyday use in busy studios.
Polar Pearl Metallic (310gsm) RC / OBA: is a truly unique inkjet paper that closely matches the look of photo lab metallic prints. Images take on a brilliant, almost luminescent quality on the paper with a pearlescent finish. Everything from airplanes to flowers will look bolder, more saturated, and more real.
Epson Hot Press Bright (330gsm) C / OBA: This is a lovely paper. It is an acid free, 100% cotton rag paper with a bright lightly textured finish. This paper has an extremely-high color gamut and black density. This cylinder mould-made product is optimized for Epson UltraChrome and Archival Inks both of which we use.
Epson Hot Press Natural (330gsm) C: is an acid free, 100% cotton rag paper with a heavy 330gsm weight. The smooth, natural white surface of Epson Hot Press Natural does not contain OBA’s, which ensures image longevity. Epson Hot Press Natural has a very high D-Max making this paper an excellent choice for both color and B&W reproduction prints.
Epson Cold Press Bright (340gsm) C / OBA: is an acid free, 100% cotton rag paper with a bright white, textured surface. This 21 mil, 240gsm paper has an high color gamut and black density perfect for artists and photographers looking for a bright white, textured surface.
Epson Cold Press Natural (340gsm) C: has an acid-free, PH Buffered, 100% cotton rag base with a 340gsm weight. Cold Press Natural has a textured matte white surface without OBA’s, which ensures long lasting prints. Epson’s Cold Press Natural Paper has a high D-Max and wide color gamut which produces black & white and color prints with high contrast. This paper exhibits a rough toothy & textured surface, with a natural white color to replicate that of traditional watercolor papers with the control of a digital printer.
Epson UltraSmooth Fine Art (250gsm) C: Artists and professional photographers require true archival print media in a variety of weights and surface textures for their digital fine art and photography. Now Epson offers an acid free, 100% cotton hot press paper. This cylinder mould-made product features an ultra smooth finish that is optimized for Epson UltraChrome™ Archival™ Inks. Offered in a variety of sizes and formats, this fine art paper is not only acid, lignin, and chlorine free, it is also pH buffered with calcium carbonate for a true archival sheet.
Epson Velvet Fine Art (260 gsm) C / OBA: This has an acid free base, is 100% cotton rag on 260 gsm weight and has a bright white surface for excellent colour reproduction. It has the highest D-Max of all cotton papers and dries instantly. For photographers seeking a flat matte surface with the stiffness of a mounted product, our Enhanced Matte Posterboard is the ideal choice. Artists and photographers require a variety of media surfaces for their professional work. Epson is proud to introduce its first cotton paper, Velvet Fine Art Paper. With a base that is 100% cotton rag, buffered and acid free, this paper is coated with our popular Enhanced Matte coating, giving exceptional color gamut and high D-Max. The velvet surface is a favorite of photographers and artists alike, offering a unique museum quality feel. Fine art cotton with expert technology has created a paper that will be a classic for years to come.
Epson Exhibition Fibre (325 gsm) AC / OBA: This is a breakthrough paper, designed exclusively for use with Epson’s UltraChrome K3 ink and was developed in collaboration with many industry leading professional photographers to ensure it meets their most discerning requirements. Many who have contributed to the development of Exhibition Fiber Paper have commented that it not only reminds them of revered silver halide papers, but also offers greater creative control due to extraordinary D-Max and tonal transition in B&W and the ability to print extraordinary colour with the same paper, something that was not possible to do with traditional fiber based papers. This paper is engineered to give the highest resolution and colour saturation possible.
MOAB Somerset Museum Rag (300gsm) C / Md OBA: is the newest paper by the acclaimed St. Cuthberts Mill in England, which over a decade ago helped create an entire industry when it launched Somerset Enhanced Velvet – one of the first papers used for fine art digital imaging. It is a pioneer in its own right while remaining true to its history. It combines an archival 100% cotton heavy weight paper with a smooth surface, sensuous to the touch while durable to everyday handling, with the latest in coating technologies to produce deep, rich blacks with minimal OBA content and an unparalleled colour gamut to make a vibrant image pop to life.
Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper (255 gsm) RC / OBA: This paper offers the highest gloss level of any Epson resin coated photographic paper. Producing vivid life-like images that rival those of traditional silver halide prints, the ultra glossy finish, coupled with a 10 mil thickness and extremely wide color gamut, make this paper a favorite among discerning photographers.
Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper (255 gsm) RC / OBA: This is one of Epson’s highest performing photo papers. A favorite among professional photographers. Premium Luster Photo Paper delivers highly saturated prints by offering maximum ink coverage and a high D-Max for true photographic reproductions. Base Material: Polyethylene Encapsulated Paper with optical brighteners.
Epson Premium Semigloss Photo Paper (170gsm) RC / OBA: Offering the good balance of finish and surface, it has a large gamut, excellent black density and bright white point due to OBAs. From portraiture to landscape, this instant drying paper produces vivid, lifelike images that rival those of traditional silver halide prints.
Epson Premium Semi-Matte Photo (260 gsm) RC / OBA: This is a high-performance, extremely-smooth surfaced paper, for professional photographic use. It features a semi-matte finish with very low glare, perfect for photographic applications.
Epson Std. White Proofing (205 gsm) RC / OBA: this semi-matte proofing paper from Epson is able to deliver a wide color gamut useful for proofing color-critical commercial offset press applications. The resin-coated base material has a basis weight of 205 gsm along with a thickness of 7 mil. Also, it features a rated brightness of 91.6% and a whiteness of 93.8% along with L*a*b* values of 95.0, 0.0, -2.0. Additionally, the paper is instant drying. Offering the widest color gamut available for accurate color reproductions, this Standard Proofing Paper provides a base color, heavyweight, and gloss level designed to match color-critical commercial offset press applications. In fact, it’s designed to meet the exacting standards established by the GRACoL® Committee.
Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Matte (192 gsm) AC / OBA: For photographers seeking a smooth matte surface, this Enhanced Matte Paper is a good choice. This smooth, bright white paper is great for images that do not require gloss. It is a great choice for proof prints. It is a non-archival paper with optical brighteners and a relatively small gamut. It has a rated brightness of 104% due to a high OBA content. This is the cut sheet version of Enhanced Matte.
MOAB Lasal Matte (235 gsm) AC / OBA: LaSal Photo grade matte is a 2 sided sheet which is designed for photorealistic reproduction, perfect ink absorption, and outstanding durability. It is whiter / brighter than the Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Matte. The paper features Moab’s unique polyethylene coatings and ink receptive layers to ensure optimum ink control and absorption, designed for the photographer wishing to use a traditional photographic surface.
Canon Photo Paper Semi-Gloss (260 gsm) RC /OBA: Featuring a velvety texture that produces vibrant images with low glare will allow users to easily produce lab quality prints. It has a basis weight of 260 gsm and a thickness of 10.2 mil for a good feel and durability. Also, it has a brightness of 91%. Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss produces vibrant images with a soft glossy finish.
Specially Requested Papers: We will print on any paper that our equipment can accommodate, provided that we are given the time required to properly tool for the work. This involves proper calibration, custom ICC profiling and testing to ensure the highest quality result. Usually, five business days is quite enough. Please feel free to discuss with us and request a quotation.