Top 5 Best Photo Paper Options for Professional Prints in 2020


Worldwide, global printing is an $898 billion industry.

With a wide variety of photo papers to choose from, it may be hard for professional photographers to pick one that meets their needs.

If you’re a professional photographer or a graphic designer looking for the best photo paper for your printing project, keep reading. We’ve gathered a list of the five best photo printing papers.

1. Kirkland Signature

Despite its low cost, Kirkland Signature offers a high-quality photo paper that competes with the best.

For photos with bright colors, this is a great option. It’s also versatile so you can use it with a variety of projects and doesn’t have watermarks on the back.

If you’re doing a 3D project like making a cardboard cosmetics box, this will get the job done.

2. Kodak Ultra Premium

For those who want professional-quality prints that will last for many years, Kodak Ultra Premium is the best way to go, especially if you’re using high-quality ink.

These are great if you love hands-on photo viewing, though they also look amazing in a glass-covered frame.

The only drawback of this photo paper is that it has a tendency to get caught in some printers.

3. Epson Value 

Epson Value photo paper provides beautifully clear images at a great price, making it especially great if you have a number of prints to make.

Because you can choose from 8.5×11 or 4×6 sheets, this photo paper will help you with any size project.

The only drawback of this photo paper is that it doesn’t have a heavy duty feel.

4. Cannon Plus Glossy II

There are two huge advantages to choosing Cannon Plus Glossy II for your next photo project. The first is that it’s particularly great for deep black colors.

Additionally, it uses quick-drying technology so that there’s no chance of smudging. Plus, you can handle it or stick it in a frame shortly after printing.

The only constraint we found in this photo paper is a little pricey.

5. HP Advanced

If you do a lot of outdoor photography and want to share your work, consider HP Advanced photo paper.

This photo paper is incredibly thick so it has that professional quality that you’re looking for along with a high-gloss finish.

Because it stands up well to humidity, this is the only photo paper we recommend if you live in areas where there’s a lot of moisture in the air.

Which is the Best Photo Paper for You?

Since everybody has different preferences and projects in mind for their photo paper, you’re the only one that can decide which photo paper to use.

Some things to consider are:

  • Price
  • Thickness
  • Color vibrancy

For example, if you’re going to display your photos in an album or scrapbook, you may not need exceptional thickness since they won’t be directly handled. 

Want More Photography Tips?

Now you have five of the best photo paper options to help you get the quality you want in your projects. As you can see, there are enough choices to find the perfect one for you.

Unfortunately, the best photo paper in the world won’t make up for a bad picture. Check out our post with headshot photography tips to learn how to get the perfect shot every time.

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Jonathan Mookes

Matt is a long-time graphics and design professional, his current research is 3D imaging and video development using bleeding edge technology!

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