Choose the right paper for your photo book

If you're working on a photo book, we have five different paper types you can choose from. We've simplified your choices to make the selection process easy and straightforward to choose the right paper for your project. All of these papers are coated, except for ProLine Uncoated.

Paper Name

Best Use

Finish

Paper Weight

Page Range

Standard

Economical photo books

Semi-matte

80# (118 GSM)

20-440 pages

Premium Lustre

Photo books with more gloss and a thicker page

Hint of gloss

100# (148 GSM)

20-240 pages

Premium Matte

Photo books and art books with a more subdued feel.

Matte

100# (148 GSM)

20-240 pages

ProLine Uncoated

Illustration, printmaking, collage, watercolor painting

Uncoated, with an eggshell texture

100# (148 GSM)

20-240 pages

ProLine Pearl Photo
(our heaviest photo paper)

High-end photo books

Semi-gloss

140# (190 GSM)

20-240 pages

 

Standard

This Semi-matte, 80# (118 GSM) paper starts at US $0.20 per additional page and is manufactured by NewPage, a company devoted to quality and sustainability. This paper comes standard in books with more than 240 pages.

Great for: All kinds of photo books or art books where price is a concern.

Premium Lustre

This paper has a hint of gloss, 100# (148 GSM) and starts at US $0.25 per additional page. It's around 35% heavier and slightly more opaque than our Standard paper. It has great tonal range and contrast, and prints with deeper blacks than our Premium Matte paper. This paper is only available for books with 20-240 pages.

Great for: Photo books that will benefit a little bit more gloss and a heftier page.

Premium Matte

This 100# matte paper starts at US $0.25 per additional page and has a slight sheen to paper, which adds richness to its finish and feel. It's around 35% heavier and more opaque than our Standard paper. This paper is only available for books with 20-240 pages.

Great for: Photo books and art books with a more subdued feel. Paintings and drawings, in particular, are better presented in Matte than Lustre. But if fine art is your thing, also check out ProLine Uncoated.

ProLine Uncoated

This 100# uncoated paper starts at US $0.30 per additional page. It's an archival-quality paper with an eggshell-textured uncoated finish manufactured by Mohawk Fine Papers, one of the most respected makers of paper for use in photography and design books. This paper is only available for books with 20-240 pages.

Great for: Illustration, printmaking, collage, watercolor painting—this is a fantastic paper for fine art projects. It’s also a great choice for photography, particularly where you want a more artisanal look. It will magnify grain.

ProLine Pearl Photo

This semi-gloss, 140# (190 GSM) paper starts at US $0.35 per additional page and is made for use in high-end photo books. It's slightly glossier finish than our Premium Lustre paper, and slightly heavier than our other papers. This paper is only available for books with 20-240 pages.


Great for: Photo books with bright colors, warm skin tones, deep blacks, silvery greys. It has the look of a traditional photo paper.

Pricing

Full pricing information is on our pricing page

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