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I'm looking to print off and frame some of my photos but I'm unsure as to which of the many types of high quality paper stock I should look at using. I currently have a cheap'n'cheerful Canon printer of which the spec says is capable of accepting Canon (or other brands) photo paper up to 275 g/m²  so what higher quality cost effective stock do you guys use/recommend?

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Pete

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If I print stuff for hanging at home I tend to use an online service like Photobox. I keep a small supply of both Kodak and Canon paper, both packets of which I've had for some time. If it's a one off I'd just go for one of those and buy the premium paper version rather than the budget packet.  It's quite likely that you could get some images printed online for less than the cost of a decent packet of paper and draining your inks - certainly if you are doing A4 or less.

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Super Wammer

Thanks for the link Les... and as for printing myself, I’m keen for the print to be long lasting and not fade, so have been looking at the premium quality art stock albeit there are so many different types 😮

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Hi Pete,

I know you are based down south & I am based in West Yorkshire but I use a place up here in Bradford.

It is adjoined to one of my favourite camera shops, it is called Bradford Camera Exchange & it is called ProAm Imaging & these are the people that I use when I want some of my photos printed out, usually on lustre paper. Anyway I highly recommend this firm as it is owned by the guy who owns Bradford Camera Exchange & he is a nice guy.

You could phone them up & speak to them or try to find a similar place near to you!

ProAm, 01274 723622 https://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/proam-imaging-bradford

Bradford Camera Exchange     https://www.bcephotolab.com/

Mick

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The problem with a cheap 'n cheerful printer is the inks.  Unless otherwise stated they are unlikely to be archival and can fade or change colour over time no matter which paper you have used.  For a small run of prints you are better off getting them printed commercially, most labs will use Fuji stuff which should last a very long time.  I use Costco for most prints that I sell, and have never had any problems with prints fading or changing colour.

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Super Wammer

Many thanks chaps, plenty for me to chew over whilst I decide which route I take... if I go for commercial printing, there are a few down my neck of the woods, albeit, unless I can see examples of their handiwork, I don't want to waste precious funds on sub-standard prints :) 

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19 hours ago, orbscure said:

Many thanks chaps, plenty for me to chew over whilst I decide which route I take... if I go for commercial printing, there are a few down my neck of the woods, albeit, unless I can see examples of their handiwork, I don't want to waste precious funds on sub-standard prints :) 

Have you tried Silverprint?

https://www.silverprint.co.uk/

I used to use them but now I just get commercial prints from Bayeux or ThePrintspace.co.uk and don’t bother with a printer. It works out cheaper for me because I print so rarely and I want archival quality when I do. 

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Super Wammer

Many thanks HHM... I hadn't so I'll check the link out later. :)  as for me, I'm looking for multiple copies to framing and sell but at a cost effective price... but as has been mentioned, online outlets are ten a penny, so I may visit some local specialist shops and see what they can do/recommend... :) 

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Super Wammer

Just as way of an update (of sorts) I'm looking to get high quality prints to suit frames like this... top three are 12 x 17 whilst the single is 19 x 19...

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Incidentally, is there a rule of thumb as to the maximum size I can print images of 3024 x 4032 pixels before the image starts to degrade/pixelate?

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You may be able to interpolate the image up to something a bit bigger. It depends on the picture.
Roughly 14”by 9” maximum, I’d say. Very image dependant. 

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Super Wammer

Cheers HHM... :) 

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The best print size depends on the viewing distance amongst other factors. I’ve done A0 prints from an 8mp camera (1D2) that we’re used for display purposes in school corridors etc.  If the image file is sharp, not too noisy and you print it on a lustre type paper, you could get a decent A3 print from it.

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