Photo printing A1-A0 Roll - Paper suggestions? Matte or satin

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by LERsince1991, May 11, 2011.

  1. LERsince1991 macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    I'm an architecture student and doing final presentations next thursday-friday.
    I was wondering what paper rolls people would recommend and whether to go for satin/semi-gloss of a matte finish?

    The plotters are HP not sure of the models.

    Thinking of this one in A1 or A0 - http://www.plot-it.co.uk/product/1132

    Between semi-gloss/satin and matte, is matte just like card or is it coated a bit? And how glossy is semi-gloss? I don't want it to look childish with high gloss prints everywhere but would like a little shine.

    anyones advice?
    Luke.
     
  2. bbeers macrumors regular

    bbeers

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    For me personally it depends on what the final presentation is of. If you are printing up a plan or line heavy artwork, I would go matte without any hesitation. But if we a talking about a rendering or more illustrative drawing, I would be tempted to go with a luster or semi gloss.

    I must admit as a graphic designer I have no idea what is "normal" for an architecture presentation to be printed on?
     
  3. covisio macrumors 6502

    covisio

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    The Q1420A you link to is good, reliable paper. It is suitable for most applications except perhaps images with high ink density. It is also not lightfast. I use it for most of my short-term display items, like point-of-sale posters and the like. It is not really what I would call photo-quality.

    Better (and significantly more expensive) is HP Premium Plus Photo Satin (Q5491A). Only comes in a 15 metre roll as it's much thicker than the above. But it is very nice and very reliable when used properly with HP printers and inks. It is also light fast (90+ years indoors and under glass). I use it for printing A1 photo enlargements which are then framed.

    I would say the Premium Plus Photo Satin is less reflective than the semi-gloss and has more of a 'texture' to it, a bit like when you used to order 'matt' finish photos from a photo lab, it's slightly 'stippley'.

    If you can afford it and you think it'll help your work, go for the Q5491A, but I would say that the Q1420A would be good enough for what you are doing.
     
  4. LERsince1991 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I went for the HP Q1420a, semi-gloss A1.

    I will be printing lots of line vectors but also the same amount of full colour graphic renders.

    some of the drawings have a degree of colour images in as well, trees, people, shadows etc...

    Pretty sure it's the right choice, thanks for the recommendations and advice confirming the choice is right :)

    Luke.

    edit, and the other q5491a sounds really good but at more than double the price its not worth it for me :)
     

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