Print is a very powerful medium and choosing a paper to print your photos on can be an extensive process; like choosing a camera, it comes down to taste. Factors like finish, sizing, texture, PH level, archivability, all come into play when selecting the medium to store your images on. When printing their work, choosing the right paper to match is key to professional and amateur photographers alike.

With the introduction of the PRO-1000, Canon continued to expand their premium “Pro” printer lineup offering lab-like quality at your convince. Usually, when ordered from B&H, these printers come bundled with a Semi-Gloss photo paper that is, well,  disappointing. Canon has introduced a trio of premium inkjet papers designed to match the professional of their printers.


The new papers, Premium Polished Rag, Premium Fine Art Smooth, and Premium Fine Art Bright White, all are made from 100 percent cotton and are acid-free, suitable for museum and archival work, and promise reproduction of rich colors and fine gradations.

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Canon USA’s President and COO, Yuichi Ishizuka, said of the line,

Canon continues to be committed to our professional printing audience, and these new papers are a great example of providing the tools needed to create great artwork. Having a wide range of versatile media support for our printers allows users to choose the best paper to create their masterpiece.


Premium Fine Art Smooth paper is designed to produce a deep, rich black by allowing the pigment to reside close to the surface of the paper. The paper separates the ink-receiving layers into a color-reproduction layer and an absorbing layer allowing more pigment to remain on the surface of the paper for a dramatically improved color reproduction. In other words, blacks are deeper than normally possible on other papers with a natural tone. This 310 gsm paper is available in cut sheet sizes as well as 17, 24, 36 and 44-inch roll sizes.

Premium Fine Art Bright White is a high-quality paper with a bright white tone that provides more visual contrast while Premium Polished Rag is a semi-gloss paper designed for computer-generated artwork. These papers are 305 gsm media paper is available in 24, 36 and 44 and 60-inch roll sizes.

While Canon paper is usually not synonymous with archival quality as the likes of Hahnemuhle or Moab, these new papers will try and close the gap.