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How to choose the right 123ink photo paper to print your photos

123ink photo paper comparisonWith our 123ink photo paper comparison guide, you can find the best photo printing paper for your needs. We compare the different photo finishes and their best applications, as well as giving some helpful tips! All of our photo papers are thick, quality papers with various top layer finishes. The top coating delivers sharp colour enriched photos as the photo ink does not bleed into the deeper layers of the paper.

Our 123ink branded photo paper can be divided into four different photo finish qualities: 123ink high colour matte photo paper, 123ink high gloss photo paper, 123ink premium (satin) glossy photo paper and 123ink ultra glossy photo paper. You can see a breakdown of their best applications below.
 
Application: Paper type: Paper finish:
Full-colour matte photos, designs, promotional materials 123ink
High Colour
matte
Detailed glossy photo finish for standard use 123ink
Glossy
high-gloss
Extra strong high-gloss photos with a long shelf life 123ink
Premium Glossy
semi-gloss or high-gloss
The most detailed ultra glossy amateur or professional photos. 123ink
Ultra Glossy
semi-gloss or high-gloss
 
What’s the best 123ink branded photo paper to print with?
 


 

High Colour Photo paper

 
- 3 layers 
- matte
- 95- 230 g/m2   
- 10x 15 / A4 / A3 / A3 +
 - dye and pigment inks
 - FSC certified 

123ink’s high colour photo paper is ideal for full-colour prints. This photo paper comes in a matte finish and a canvas linen finish. This paper can print at the highest possible resolution. This high-colour photo paper starts at 95g in paper weight and goes all the way up to 230g. This thicker quality paper provides brilliant colour reproduction, crystal clear lines and extremely fine contrast, in contrast to standard 80 grams paper. It is also water-resistant and dries instantly.
 
 
Paper size Top-coat FSC® Weight Contents Price
10 x 15 cm matte Yes 230 g/m² 100 sheets € 5.50 Purchase
A4 matte Yes 95 g/m² 100 sheets € 8.50 Purchase
A4 matte Yes 125 g/m² 100 sheets € 9.50 Purchase
A4 matte Yes 180 g/m² 100 sheets € 11.50 Purchase
A4 matte double-sided Yes 180 g/m² 50 sheets € 9.50 Purchase
A4 canvas (linen) Yes 230 g/m² 20 sheets € 15.00 Purchase
 A3 matte Yes 180 g/m² 20 sheets € 18.50 Purchase
  A3+ matte Yes 180 g/m² 20 sheets € 20.50 Purchase


 

Glossy photo paper
 
- 3 layers
- high-gloss
- 125- 245 g/m2  
- 10 x 15 / A4
 - dye ink
 - FSC-certified 

123ink’s glossy photo paper is a very competitively priced glossy photo paper that is ideal for printing your favourite photos and colour prints. With a clean white surface and strong paper structure, you get detailed prints with brilliant colour reproduction every time. This glossy photo paper dries instantly and is water-resistant.
 
 
Paper size
Top coat
 
FSC® Weight Contents Price
10 x 15 cm
high gloss
 
yes 245 g/m² 100 sheets € 7.50 Purchase
A4
high gloss
 
yes 135 g/m² 50 sheets € 9.50 Purchase
A4
high gloss
 
yes 180 g/m² 50 sheets € 11.50 Purchase
A4
high gloss
 
yes 245 g/m² 50 sheets € 13.50 Purchase
 


 

Premium glossy photo paper

 
- 4 layers
- satin or high-gloss

 
- 210 - 260 g/m2  
- 10x15 / 13x18 / A4 / A3 / A3+

 
 - dye and pigment ink
 
123ink’s premium high-gloss photo paper is an extra-strong reliable paper for printing your important photos. The true-to-life colours and high gloss finish make this paper ideal for printing your digital photos, as it captures colours and sharp detail. Choose from a high gloss or satin-gloss finish, in various weights and sizes. This paper dries instantly and is water-resistant.
 
Paper size Top coat FSC® Weight Contents Price
10 x 15 cm
satin gloss
- 210 g/m² 100 sheets € 9.50 Purchase
10 x 15 cm
high gloss
- 260 g/m² 100 sheets € 9.50 Purchase
13 x 18 cm
high gloss
 
260 g/m² 50 sheets €10.50 Purchase
A4 satin gloss - 210 g/m² 50 sheets € 14.50 Purchase
A4
high gloss
 
- 260 g/m² 50 sheets € 16.50 Purchase
A3 satin gloss - 210 g/m² 20 sheets € 21.50 Purchase
A3 high gloss - 260 g/m² 20 sheets € 25.50 Purchase
  A3+ satin gloss - 210 g/m² 20 sheets € 23.50 Purchase
  A3+ high gloss - 260 g/m² 20 sheets € 27.50 Purchase


 
 

Ultra glossy photo paper
 

- 7 layers
- satin or high gloss
- 200 -300 g/m2  
- A4 / A3 / A3+
- dye and pigment ink

123ink’s Ultra glossy photo paper is the best 123ink photo paper available. This high-quality photo paper displays the widest possible colour spectrum creating photo-realistic prints that are sharper than a traditional photo. It is also ideal for printing posters or art designs as it has an extremely long shelf life and the material will not fade over time. The special coating dries immediately, is smudge-proof and is waterproof. You can expect photo lab quality prints with this 123ink ultra glossy photo paper!
 
Paper size Top coat FSC® Weight Contents Price
A4 high gloss - 200 g/m² 50 sheets € 16.50 Purchase
A4 satin gloss - 300 g/m² 20 sheets € 11.50 Purchase
A4 high gloss - 300 g/m² 20 sheets € 11.50 Purchase
A3 high gloss - 300 g/m² 20 sheets € 29.50 Purchase
  A3+ high gloss 300 g/m² 20 sheets € 30.50  Purchase
 

Made up your mind?

 You can browse and order all 123ink branded photo paper here, organised by finish and by paper size.
 
Are you still unsure whether to choose a matte finish or a glossy photo finish?

A common question for any photographer is whether to print on matte or glossy photo paper. We will provide a brief explanation of their best applications below.

  • Glossy photo papers are the most common for printing photographs due to the colour boost the shine provides. Glossy photo finishes reflect more light, giving you that shiny photo feel!
  • Satin gloss photo paper have a more natural gloss, and high-gloss photo papers are more reflective.
  • The appeal of matte photo paper is that it does not have a visible glare on the top layer of the glossy photo paper. To put it simply, glossy photo paper is simply matte photo paper with an additional gloss layer on top of it. Matte photo paper tends to work better for more warm colour tones, monochrome or black and white prints, or a film looking effect. Matte photo paper works well for photographers playing with texture. A matte photograph’s anti-reflective qualities often make it a better choice for framing large prints.
 
 Photo papers available for every printer brand

In addition to our 123ink brand of photo paper, you can choose from a number of alternative brands. It is important to know that any brand of photo paper can be used in any brand of printer. Therefore, if you have an Epson printer, for example, you can still order a different brand of photo paper and it will work just as well in your printer. We do advise checking that the paper size and the weights of the paper are suitable for your printer. We have created a photo size chart and a breakdown of the different paper weights on this page.

 
Tips for best printing results with photo paper:
  • Use the correct print settings. You can often choose various print profiles when printing. Select the setting that suits the document and the paper type. Check out our recommended printer settings.

  • Choose a paperweight that is suitable for your printer. You can easily find this in the manual of your printer. 

  • Photo paper is slightly thicker and heavier than regular printing paper. If possible, use the manual paper feeder to ensure smooth paper feeding. It is also advisable to load one or more sheets at a time, instead of a whole stack of sheets. 

  • Pay close attention to the printable side of the paper, with glossy paper it is easier to recognise than with matte paper. The printable side is the whitest and smoothest side.

 
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