Material Comparison

  • Fine Art Paper

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® 308gsm – a white, 100% cotton paper with a textured surface – guarantees archival standards. With its premium matt inkjet coating Photo Rag® 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. 

Fine art paper is textured, soft and has a matte like surface whilst maintaining a perfect reproduction of sharpness and detail. Fine art paper is the classic look and most popular choice.

Image from manufacturer.


  • Metallic Paper

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Metallic 340gsm - a natural white, 100% cotton paper with a high-gloss metallic finish.

Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Metallic features a special silvery-shimmering surface finish. The high-gloss premium inkjet coating with a unique metallic effect guarantees impressive printing results with bold colours and deep blacks. The sophisticated silver metallic effect underscores the image and makes photographs with high-contrast tones shine. 

Please note, the shine of Metallic Paper is best seen in person. When you move around the print the light is reflected back to you and the shine can be seen.


Image from manufacturer.


  • Fine Art Paper vs Metallic Paper video

  • Canvas

MAGICLEE® Torino 17M is a matte finish, pH neutral artist stretch canvas designed for long-term, fade resistant fine art or photo reproductions.

Designed for stretching around a wooden frame, rather than framed behind glass. Our canvas prints make our images look most like a painting.

Due to the thickness of the canvas fibres, the sharpness of canvas images is generally lower than fine art or metallic paper, this adds to the painting like look. The upside to thick fibres is that canvas is a lot more forgiving on image details and will look good at much larger sizes. Generally, all of our images can be printed larger on canvas than the sizes listed on our website.

Our canvases are "mirror wrap" where the image stops at the canvas edge and the sides to be wrapped are a reflection of the main image. 

Our premium grade canvases are finished with 3 coats of Satin UV archival spray to preserve your image from scuffing and airborne pollutants. When required these canvases can be cleaned with a damp cloth.

A close up, to show the thick fibres of a canvas (image from manufacturer).

If you pull back, the fibres are harder to notice and the image prints like a painting. 

  • Framed Artworks Comparison

Please note, the shine of Metallic Paper is best seen in person. When you move around the print the light is reflected back to you and the shine can be seen. From front on, fine art paper and metallic paper look very similar with subtle differences in colour and detail.

Fine Art Paper - Classic Frame / White
80cm x 60cm

Metallic Paper - Classic Frame / White
80cm x 60cm

Fine Art Paper - Deep Set Frame / Raw Oak
80cm x 60cm

Metallic Paper - Deep Set Frame / Raw Oak
80cm x 60cm

Canvas - Stretched
80cm x 60cm

Canvas - Stretched with Profile Frame / White
80cm x 60cm