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Toolbox: Printers For Pro B&W

Printers and ink sets for superior black-and-white prints that last a lifetime

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FINE-ART PAPERS FOR BLACK-AND-WHITE

With a baryta coating beneath the ink-absorbing layers, Ilford's Galerie Gold Fibre Silk emulates the fiber photo paper of the darkroom popular with traditional black-and-white photographers. The 310gsm stock has a deep Dmax for a broad, monochromatic tonal range and warm, bright whites with no OBAs. Recommended for pigment inks, the paper is also compatible with dyes, and it's an affordable option for professional prints with lots of detail.

Innova's Photo Matte Canvas is a great choice for making archival black-and-white prints. The heavy 350gsm paper is a polycotton canvas with a uniformly textured surface that's flexible and stretchable for mounting to frames. It's also water-resistant and can be sealed with water-based and solvent giclée varnishes for long-term life and protection from ultraviolet light.

Available in sheets and rolls, the Entrada Rag Bright 300gsm paper is one of Moab's most popular choices for black-and-white printing. The natural matte surface paper is water-resistant and sports a large brightness thanks to OBAs. It's acid- and lignin-free for archival prints, and it's an affordable choice, as well.

Provided in weights of 250gsm or an incredibly tough 365gsm, the Museo Max fine-art papers are an ideal archival solution for black-and-white printing, with maximum black density and a large tonal range from light to dark. The 100% cotton paper uses no optical brighteners, and it's acid-free for longevity, as well. The paper is optimized for pigment inks, but is also compatible with dye-based inks.

Resources
Breathing Color
www.breathingcolor.com
Canon
www.usa.canon.com
Epson
www.epson.com
Hahnemühle
www.hahnemuhle.com
Harman
www.harman-inkjet.com
HP
www.hp.com
ILFORD
www.ilford.com
Innova Digital Art
www.innovaart.com
Moab by Legion
www.moabpaper.com
Museo
www.museofineart.com

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