The OLMEC 230gsm Archival Matte Paper is a really excellent archival matte paper, with many satisfied users. Incartek lists this paper at £3.83 per square metre.
The Innova FibaPrint IFA39 White Matte paper 280gsm is a really excellent archival matte paper, with many satisfied users. Incartek lists this paper at £11.34 per square metre.
How ever do we justify the difference.
Both products are excellent. They both have an exceptionally smooth surface. Many people will look at the image on the Olmec product and be very pleased. But for really excllent results the Innova Art Fibaprint (TM) product cannot be beaten. It is produced with a far more costly process – and the difference is visible.
– The Innova FibaPrint product has a far greater gamut. This is particularly visible in the area of dark shadows.
– Innvova FibaPint has a higher DMAX rating
– The Innova FibaPrint paper is produced on the Fourdrinier process so that the fibres all flow the same way. This increases the fineness of the print.
– Innova FibaPrint is a true bareit-type paper
– Whilst both papers have good archival qualities the Olmec product is classified as “Acid neutral”, and the OBA-free Innova paper “Acid free”. The latter is superior.
– There is clearly a difference in weight and therefore feel quality, durability etc.
– Many of the world’s top photographers swear by the Innova paper.
– And finally only the Innova Fibaprint benefits from the Innova technology which has led to its winning a number of TIPA and DIMA awards fior digital fine art and photographic archival papers
Ultimately the choice is yours.
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About INCARTEK Link to Site
For the creative-type, for the professional photographer and for the graphic artist serious amateur , look at the full range of our Innova Art and OLMEC digital photographic papers. You can buy the Innova Fibaprint photographic, digital art white and textured papers in packs from A4 to A2 (and rolls) – fully supported with ICC profiles. – Canvas too! These papers are ideal for albums, prints, displays – anything that needs something more than ordinary photo-glossy stock.
About Innova Art – link to Site
Innova Art’s philosophy is to bring cutting edge technology to quality Fine Art and photographic papers for the professional photographer, artist and printmaker. The recent addition of the FibaPrint range of digital ‘barite’ alternatives has revolutionised the digital darkroom for the photographer, and has heralded not the death of the darkroom, but its ‘re-birth’. Other innovative products make up the Innova portfolio, and include Opus albums and Digital Book Art papers.
The new Innova digital canvas range provides a selection of exciting and unique products which will transform the output of your images onto canvas and cut down on finishing time. The smooth woven surface of this polycotton canvas has been coated with a microporous gloss coating which is similar to the gloss coating we use on our FibaPrint range of papers. Therefore Innova achieves an extremely high good gloss, matte and semi-matte coatings which enhance colour gamut, and d-max in the dark areas of a print, whilst the smooth weave keeps detail needed in photographic images. The Microporous coating results in a very flexible canvas which is excellent for stretching and framing. It is easy to stretch and there is no cracking on the corners.
Innova digital canvas products are offered in roll format only. Paper feeding of cut sheet canvas products is not reliable enough. The use of cut sheet paper is therefore not recommended. Wider formats (36″-914mm and 44″-1136mm) are available on request.
Products offered comprise:
380gsm Polycotton Ultra Gloss Photo Canvas
A high white polycotton canvas with a glossy woven smooth photo surface making it ideal for photographic reproduction. The high gloss coating achieves an extremely high level of gloss which enhances colour gamut and d-max in the dark areas of a print whilst the smooth weave keeps the detail needed in photographic images.
350gsm Polycotton Matte Photo Canvas
380gsm Polycotton Matte Digital Fine Art Canvas
Innova’s new fine art canvas matte is a high white canvas with a smooth woven surface which make it ideal for the reproduction of Photographic images and artwork where high detail is required, whilst still retaining the qualities of a true canvas. It is a very flexible canvas because of it polycotton content, and ideal and easy to stretch. The canvas is water resistant
Innova Polycotton Matte Digital Fine Art Canvas 17in(432mm) x 15m 380gsm roll (SKU: IFA37)
Innova Canvas Textile Effect paper
Innova Canvas Textile Effect paper is a natural white paper with a structured canvas weave effect which gives the appearance of a true cotton canvas but with the flexibility of a paper. It is an acid free, single side coated media. Here are examples but full range of boxed and roll papers are available – see the Incartek
Innova Canvas Textile Effect Paper 315gsm A3- Single side – Box 50 Sheets (SKU: IFA-08-A3-50)