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Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets

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Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets

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Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper is an acid free, 100% cotton rag media with a bright textured finish. This paper has an extremely-high color gamut and black density. This cylinder mould-made product is optimized for Epson UltraChrome, and Archival Ink.

This fine art paper is not only acid, lignin, and chlorine free, it is also pH buffered with calcium carbonate for a true archival sheet.

100% cotton hot press for long-term durability
Mould-made in the traditional style
Acid and lignin free and pH buffered to preserve fine art and photos
High Dmax and wide color gamut
Bright white base
Basis Weight 330
Thickness 17
ISO Brightness 96
Opacity 98%
Surface Finish Matte
Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets
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    EpsonHot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets
     
    4.6

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Professional weight (19)
    • Bright (17)
    • Sharp tones & colors (17)
    • Doesn't jam (7)
    • Durable (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Color photos (14)
    • Black & white documents (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (13), Heavy duty user (5)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (11), Personal (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Smooth Matte Paper: I've tested them all

    I recently did a test comparing all the fine art papers from Hahnemühle, Canson, Epson, Moab and Museo — over fifty different papers in total. I'm not going to claim...Read complete review

    I recently did a test comparing all the fine art papers from Hahnemühle, Canson, Epson, Moab and Museo — over fifty different papers in total. I'm not going to claim that my tests are definitive or even objective. My goal was finding the best paper for printing my work. In the category of Smooth Matte papers (which I use the most), Hot Press Bright beat Canson Infinity Rag Photograpique by a hair, probably because this paper has OBAs (optical brightening agents). (Canson wins against Hot Press Natural but only he narrowest of margins).

    There is a lot of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) in the market about OBAs and their impact on image longivity. You'll often hear something like "… this paper has no OBA, which are known to (negatively) impact image longivity". While this may be true in general, it's not always true. Look at the Wilhelm Research ratings for Espon papers with UltraChrome K3 Pigment inks (Pro 3880, etc). When a print is displayed under UV filtered glass, Epson has two papers that are rated in excess of 200 years (UPPP Luster and Watercolor Radiant White) - both of which use OBAs.

    On to the paper: very good sharpness, good reds (always a problem for matte papers), exceptional blacks (another problem area) and very good overall contrast. You're not going to get the kind of Dmax that you would with a glossy paper, but it's pretty close. At 330 gsm, it's one of the heaviest matte papers out there, which for me is a good thing.

    I would definitely recommend using the front feeder to print on this paper so that you get a straight paper path. In my testing, 330+ gms papers are prone to ink problems at the end of the print if you send them through the rear feeder.

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    Epson Hot Press Dissappointment

    I purchased Epson Hot Press Bright White after reading glowing reviews and watching promotional videos that praised it's d-max and claimed rich, deep blacks and a gamut close to Premium Luster. But in testing...Read complete review

    I purchased Epson Hot Press Bright White after reading glowing reviews and watching promotional videos that praised it's d-max and claimed rich, deep blacks and a gamut close to Premium Luster. But in testing this paper on an Epson 3880 printer with Epson profiles, I found poor performance in shadows, and no match to Premium Luster.Initial tests showed "muddy" shadows and a general foggy image. More detailed test with step wedge images showed that the paper is unable to handle RGB values below the 30 to 40 range. The paper clips significantly below this range, and shadow detail is lost.The paper performs well on medium to high key images, but is unsuitable for images with significant low key shadows. Strangely, the Epson promotional videos by famous photographers contain samples of some very low key images. Don't be misled by them, as I was.I documented my experience here[@]

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    5.0

    Excellent paper

    By sandys

    from Rockville, Md.

    About Me Infrequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bright
    • Professional Weight
    • Sharp Tones & Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Color Photos

      Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

      Love this paper. The colors are rich and the details are sharp.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      A cotton paper for vivd color

      By Allan The Photog

      from Fishkill, NY

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright
      • Doesn't Jam
      • Professional Weight
      • Sharp Tones & Colors
      • Vivid Color And Good Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Color Photos

        Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

        Best for images with vivid color in clean light. It's not so "white" that skin tones get weird. It's good for stark BW images too. I soft proof in Lightroom and Photoshop with the Epson provided profiles. I get the most "wow" factor from people when I print the right image on this paper.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        lovely paper

        By lanceim

        from San Francisco,CA

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Professional Weight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Color Photos

          Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

          If you like a matt surface this paper prints with lovely color and black and white tones.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Epson's Signature Worthy Hot Press Brigh

          By Nelson

          from Chicago

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright
          • Durable
          • Professional Weight
          • Sharp Tones & Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Black & White documents
            • Color Photos

            Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

            Great paper, exhibition and archival quality!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            4.0

            My preferred paper

            By Ryan Mills

            from Spokane, WA

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright
            • Good Value
            • Professional Weight
            • Sharp Tones & Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Black & White documents

              Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

              This is the paper i used for all gallery and editioned prints. Good gray scale range. I wish it was a little smoother but still the best I have found. Two negitives. Print surface is very easy to damage, especially fresh out the print, not wise to stack prints trying. I blow down sheets before I print but I have had issues with flecks coming off the paper with my 4900. Hard to explain and its rare but happens.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              The preferred paper of masters

              By Ryan Mills

              from Spokane, WA

              About Me Heavy Duty User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright
              • Good Value
              • Professional Weight
              • Sharp Tones & Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Black & White documents

                Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                I tried this after seeing a few black and white masters using it. Very happy with the results. Only slight con is the print surface is delicate. Needs to be handled with care.

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                • Business

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                5.0

                Always Perfect Condition/Great Price

                By CNonverbal

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bright
                • Good Value
                • Professional Weight
                • Sharp Tones & Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Black & White documents

                  Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                  When my fine art paper comes from B&H, I always know it will 1) be super well packed for care, and 2) be at one of the best prices out there. Excellent! A terrific paper for B&W printing (use an Epson 3880).

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Very Nice Paper

                  By Maddie

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Frequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Bright
                  • Professional Weight
                  • Sharp Tones & Colors

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Documents

                    Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                    Considering a new paper for fine art photography prints, I took the advice of a photographer friend. The first time I printed on the paper I loved it. The thickness of the paper is good. The print quality is exceptional. Colors were vivid. Sepia prints were gorgeous. The paper showed details in the image much better than previous papers. Very satisfied.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Heavy duty

                    By Dimock and Dimock

                    from Oregon

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Bright
                    • Durable
                    • Professional Weight
                    • Sharp Tones & Colors

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Black & White documents
                      • Color Photos

                      Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                      We use hot press for many of our fine art prints. Any image where the texture of cold press would be a problem will be printed on hot press bright or natural. These papers are heavy and have real substance to them. They have nice smooth surfaces and show the color very well.

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                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      Marvelous

                      By James

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Bright
                      • Good Value
                      • Professional Weight
                      • Sharp Tones & Colors

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Color Photos

                        Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                        Great paper with a lovely subtle texture and great tonal range.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        4.0

                        Fine Art Prints

                        By hampudia

                        from NY

                        Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                        This is a great paper for fine Art Prints, very stable and reliable. Be sure to let the prints dry for a couple of hours at least.

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                        5.0

                        Great Paper

                        By Rich

                        from NJ

                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Bright
                        • Doesn't Jam
                        • Professional Weight
                        • Sharp Tones & Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Color Photos

                          Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                          This is a great paper for fine art photography

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Smooth Matte Paper: I've tested them all

                          By Andrew Wilcox

                          from Columbus, OH

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Pros

                          • Bright
                          • Professional Weight
                          • Sharp Tones & Colors

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Color Photos

                            Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                            I recently did a test comparing all the fine art papers from Hahnemühle, Canson, Epson, Moab and Museo — over fifty different papers in total. I'm not going to claim that my tests are definitive or even objective. My goal was finding the best paper for printing my work. In the category of Smooth Matte papers (which I use the most), Hot Press Bright beat Canson Infinity Rag Photograpique by a hair, probably because this paper has OBAs (optical brightening agents). (Canson wins against Hot Press Natural but only he narrowest of margins).

                            There is a lot of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) in the market about OBAs and their impact on image longivity. You'll often hear something like "… this paper has no OBA, which are known to (negatively) impact image longivity". While this may be true in general, it's not always true. Look at the Wilhelm Research ratings for Espon papers with UltraChrome K3 Pigment inks (Pro 3880, etc). When a print is displayed under UV filtered glass, Epson has two papers that are rated in excess of 200 years (UPPP Luster and Watercolor Radiant White) - both of which use OBAs.

                            On to the paper: very good sharpness, good reds (always a problem for matte papers), exceptional blacks (another problem area) and very good overall contrast. You're not going to get the kind of Dmax that you would with a glossy paper, but it's pretty close. At 330 gsm, it's one of the heaviest matte papers out there, which for me is a good thing.

                            I would definitely recommend using the front feeder to print on this paper so that you get a straight paper path. In my testing, 330+ gms papers are prone to ink problems at the end of the print if you send them through the rear feeder.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            4.0

                            great tonal range

                            By farsouth

                            from Key West, FL

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Bright
                            • Doesn't Jam
                            • Professional Weight
                            • Sharp Tones & Colors

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Color Photos

                              Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                              Hot press bright has a great tonal range and a smooth surface while still a fine art - as opposed to photograhic - paper. No paper is 5 stars there is always more to see than what's in a print

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                              5.0

                              Excellent

                              By Pics

                              from Boston, MA

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Bright
                              • Doesn't Jam
                              • Professional Weight
                              • Sharp Tones & Colors

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Black and white photos
                                • Color Photos

                                Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                                Beautiful paper. WOrth the money

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                My expections was exceeded times Ten!

                                By Ira in LA

                                from California, USA, North America

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fine art archival

                                    Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                                    If you know this product, you know it's available widely and what you're getting. Paper is paper, but you need to get the right stuff. The point of this writing is the B&H difference.
                                    I am in Los Angeles, but you'd think from the way it was packed that I lived on Mars. The packaging was solid, secure, professional, and with obvious regard for the condition of the product and my need to have it arrive in good order. 15 stars for packing and delivery!!

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                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    great paper!

                                    By Dan

                                    from Washington, DC

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Bright
                                    • Doesn't Jam
                                    • Professional Weight
                                    • Sharp Tones & Colors

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Black and white photos
                                      • Color Photos

                                      Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                                      I was printing some B&W images for a show. They came out great!

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                                      • Business

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      A very nice paper

                                      By none

                                      from West Yellowstone, Montana

                                      About Me Frequent User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Bright
                                      • Durable
                                      • Professional Weight
                                      • Sharp Tones & Colors

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Color Photos

                                        Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                                        This paper has a real nice weight to it and feels hefty in the hand. The matte finish is quite nice, and it doesn't seem too fragile to me (but I'm careful with it nonetheless). It's bright, but it's not white. I print a lot of winter minimalist shots with pure white snow in them, and I would like it even more if this paper were whiter yet. But the slight warm cast isn't a problem on other shots, or even on some snow shots if they aren't side by side with a whiter paper. I've had no issues with jamming or anything like that. Colors look good, and for whatever reason, prints on this paper come out matching exactly what my monitor shows. Other papers I use require tiny amounts of "interpolation" to get prints to match the monitor precisely.

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                                        • Business

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                                        4.0

                                        Love this paper

                                        By IIXTLD

                                        from Brooklyn, NY

                                        About Me Infrequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Bright
                                        • Doesn't Jam
                                        • Professional Weight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Color Photos

                                          Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                                          Used this paper for some personal work, as an art show and it came out really nice. Printed this paper on the Epson 3880 and the quality is just brilliant.

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                                          • Personal

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                                          (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          2.0

                                          Epson Hot Press Dissappointment

                                          By Redcrown

                                          from Des Moines, IA

                                          About Me Frequent User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Professional Weight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Epson Hot Press Bright Smooth Matte Paper - 17 x 22" - 25 Sheets:

                                              I purchased Epson Hot Press Bright White after reading glowing reviews and watching promotional videos that praised it's d-max and claimed rich, deep blacks and a gamut close to Premium Luster. But in testing this paper on an Epson 3880 printer with Epson profiles, I found poor performance in shadows, and no match to Premium Luster.Initial tests showed "muddy" shadows and a general foggy image. More detailed test with step wedge images showed that the paper is unable to handle RGB values below the 30 to 40 range. The paper clips significantly below this range, and shadow detail is lost.The paper performs well on medium to high key images, but is unsuitable for images with significant low key shadows. Strangely, the Epson promotional videos by famous photographers contain samples of some very low key images. Don't be misled by them, as I was.I documented my experience here[@]

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal

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