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Smooth Fine Art Papers

Originally posted 5th July 2019 – Updated 14th May 2020

At The Artist’s Print Room, we stock a wide variety of fine art papers for artists, photographers, illustrators, galleries and museums. Here we have outlined the different types of smooth and matt fine art paper options we offer.

Smooth Fine Art Papers

When paper is produced in the paper mill, smooth fine art papers are created with a much more smooth felt in comparison to the textured papers, this then produces the surface on the finished product. A smooth fine art paper can often be a good go to when just starting out. Additionally, smooth and matt fine are papers are often compliment portrait photography. However, it is important to remember that when a paper is described as smooth it is not completely devoid of texture though!

Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

Hahnemühle Bamboo - The Artists Print Room

This bamboo paper is made from 90% bamboo fibres and the additional 10% is made from cotton. This particular paper is more environmentally friendly than the cotton papers due to the fast growing bamboo. Furthermore, this also now forms part of the Hahnemühle Natural Line range of fine art substrates. This paper has a lovely warm white colour and due to its tone, it is ideal for warm coloured prints and monochrome images.

Canson® Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique - The Artists Print Room

This paper from Canson is 100% cotton and has an exceptional smooth white tone. During the manufacturing process, natural minerals are added and therefore this paper has a natural tone. A very unique, smooth surface, however, there is still a tactile element to the paper which you can see in the close up image. This paper provides one of the highest achievable Dmax on the market, therefore, making it a perfect solution for both fine art photography prints and art reproductions.

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White 310gsm

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Bright White - The Artists Print Room

Hahnemühle’s most famous paper is probably their Photo Rag and this paper is a brighter version of their famous Photo Rag 308gsm. As above, a 100% cotton paper but with a bright white tone. A smooth surface, this paper can really make your colours ‘pop’ and really add definition to black and white imagery.

If you would like to see all the papers we offer, why not order one of our substrate sample books? This can really make life much easier when making the difficult decision of which surface to have your work printed on. For just £10.00 you will receive samples of the following substrates;

Matt finish:

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White 310gsm
Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm
Hahnemühle Agave 290gsm
Hahnemühle Hemp 290gsm
Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm
St Cuthberts Mill Somerset Velvet 330gsm
Canson Infinity Aquarelle Rag 310gsm
Hahnemühle Museum Etching 350gsm
Hahnemühle William Turner 310gsm
Fotospeed Platinium Etching 285gsm


Hahnemühle Daguerre Canvas 400gsm
Canson Infinity Museum ProCanvas 385gsm

Gloss finish:

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin 310gsm
Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl 285gsm
ILFORD Imaging Gold Fibre Silk 310gsm
Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag 310gsm
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm
Fotospeed Smooth Pearl 290gsm

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