What kinds of photo paper is available for the leading wide format color inkjet printers such as Encad, Hewlett-Packard, Roland hi-fi, ColorSpan, Epson?

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Photo gloss paper, photo matte, transparent, banner paper for wide format inkjet printers is all called "media."

Let's take the example of AZON color media, from Azon.

Posters, banners, signs, digital fine art, exhibits, or whatever the job at hand... each may require a paper appropriate to the use. Graphics for outside or for exposure to lots of light will require pigmented ink. Graphics for inside can be done with dye based inks, when tend to be brighter. Ilford makes its Archival inks which have a wide following as a result of their long-lasting color.

Azon offers canvas in several varieties, paper in several kinds, and photo paper in many flavors.

FLAAR currently is evaluating media on the seven different large format printers we have in our evaluation center. Since hundreds of different kinds of media are available, our work is never-ending (and a bit slow).

Shortly we will begin reviewing wide format media from Sihl and other leading suppliers of media. Rexam, IJ Technologies, TAL, 3-P Inkjet Textiles, and Precision Coatings Inc. have already provided plenty of media (which is reviewed on various other web sites within the FLAAR information network such as www.digital-photography.org and www.maya-archaeology.org). We will begin reviewing Sihl large format media on another web site shortly.

On the present site, www.cameras-scanners-flaar.org we will single out a different media source, such as Anchor Paper, Azon, Hammermill's Panorama, Mitsubishi.

In the meantime, FLAAR has a variety of reports on media: inkjet media for signs-posters-banners; inkjet media for photo-realistic and/or fine art giclee printing. It has turned out much easier for our editors to update the reports in Adobe PDF format then it is to update the now more than 500 pages in three languages on over 12 different web sites.

Our university makes these reports available in convenient Adobe PDF format at no cost as part of our program of public education. Just indicate to us what kind of large format inkjet printer you have (or what kind you are considering acquiring in the future) and we will send the reports.

If you really want technical details on inkjet media, inks, and/or inkjet printhead technology, and especially if you wish to meet the movers and shakers in this industry, be sure to sign up for the next conference organized by IMI. To contact them write to imi@tdstelme.net. These seminars are outstanding; the senior review editor of FLAAR usually attends because he can get so much fresh information for the readers of the FLAAR Reports in PDF format and the FLAAR Information Network of web sites.

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