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Olmec or Fibaprint Archival Paper?

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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.

Incartek & Innova Art

Innova_photo_Art_Paper_5Innova Art is one of the most acclaimed manufacturers of digital art papers. Incartek is proud to be associated with them. Innova has three paper brands – Innova, FibaPrint and OLMEC

This blog gives tips and ideas and reviews for anybody printing digital photography professionally – albums, sheets or wide format.

You are welcome to contribute. Feel free to comment. To become a post author please e-mail me daniel@incartek.com

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 JETMASTER Gallery Wrap System

Start making your own Gallery Wraps today – Easily – quickly using ANY Paper or Canvas

3D panels in minutes: the JetMaster Display System

One of the fastest sellers in today’s sign and graphics market has been the ‘gallery wrap’. 3D décor images make an impact wherever they are displayed – whether on trade fair stands or in-store presentations.

Jetmster display system

Up till now, however, they haven’t always been easy to manufacture and they could be costly too. Which is why the new JetMaster Display System is such an important innovation.

Produce your own Gallary Wraps or Display Mounts Yourself at a Fraction of the Cost of a Stretched Frame – and just as Elegant

With JetMaster you can make, durable, lightweight gallery wraps or mounted displays in minutes, with no special tools – just a craft knife and a cutting surface. The base is a pre-cut, pre-laminate adhesive coated corrugated board to which you simply trim and adhere your print, and fold over the edges. No bubbles, untidy corners, staples or hooks. A fully assembled JetMaster ‘gallery wrap’ is so light it can be hung from just one tack.

Use your own Paper or Canvas – No stretching
Most gallary wrap systems require the use of canvas – which has to be stretched on to the frame. Canvas is difficult to feed in sheets and is more expensive than the best quality papersjor advant .One of the greatest advantages of age of Jetmaster is that you can use any paper or canvas – you use the medium of your choice – paper, canvas – even offset printed or photocopied pictures or documents.

The base is a pre-cut, pre-laminated adhsive coated corrugated board; simply trim and press flat your print, and fold over the edges. No bubbles, no untidy corners, no staples and no hooks. A fully assembled JetMaster ‘gallery wrap’ is so light it can be hung from just one tack. It is moisture resistant and flame retardant too.

The result: a professionally looking display that is simple, effective and – just as importantly for you – low cost.

Innova Digital Polycotton Canvas

The new Innova digital canvas range provides a selection of exciting Innova_Canavas_Papaer_1and 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.
(SKU: IFA-36)
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)


Which paper fits best for photos on a wall?

A user of the Сanon MG7120 printer wanted to print photos and hang them on a wall in a photo frame to make it look like a professional photographer’s output.

He also asked what was the best paper, in a photo frame without glass.

Our answer

With a small format printer like the Сanon MG7120, your output is limited to 8½x11in or A4 in size. There are ways in which you can make bigger pictures even with an office format printer.

First you asked about paper. Your choice depends on the way you want to mount it. Take a look at Jetmaster. You can produce a number of panels and set them together to make a larger picture. Furthermore, you do not have to use canvas (which is difficult to feed into smaller printers), several papers being suitable. Probably the best is Innova Art’s canvas-like paper. For more about Jetmaster* click here.

There are other ways – laminating a glossy print for example. Alternatively you can do a panel, also available from Jetmaster. But that does not lend itself to larger displays using multiple panels. You can, though, be more flexible on paper.


However, make sure that you use a pigmented ink and archival paper if you want a durable picture.

* We are based in the UK. If you are in the USA or Canada please find a source using Google. In Continental Europe Jetmaster and Innova papers are available from Arca in Holland.