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Fine Art vs Metallic Paper

  • 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.

 

 

  • What is the difference between Fine Art Paper and Metallic Paper?

From front on, the two papers look very similar, the difference is subtle. 

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.

Metallic features a special silvery-shimmering surface finish, giving an image more pop and depth at the cost of slightly less textural sharpness and detail.

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Click on the link above to see a quick video showing Metallic Paper first and Fine Art Paper second. You will notice the difference in shine and a subtle difference in colour vibrance.

 

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  • 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