Can someone who has printed extensively on Gold Fibre Silk describe any differences between that and this new Gold Fibre Gloss paper other than the heavier weight? Is paper base around the same level of white? Is the surface any different looking/feeling?
Hi, Iâve been examining this really closely and have made lots of test prints on GFG and on my remaining supply of Gold Fibre Silk. Looking with magnifying glass and also comparing GFS and GFG with Canson Baryta Photographique II. (CBP). Iâm mourning the loss of GFS which was the best non-matte paper Iâve ever used for both color and b/w and wanting to find the closest match I can.
So they are really close, all three are almost imperceptible from each other in terms of results. I find GFG is a little less bright than GFS, I think it has less OBAs than GFS, but highlights suffer by a MINISCULE amount. Also GFG feels a little more natural in the back, a little more ârag cottonâ feeling than GFS. Not sure why they called it âgloss,â as the surface is really identical to GFS.
The Canson again is really close (and less expensive in the larger sizes). Surface texture is a tad more interesting than the Ilford papers but really close, not pebbly, or textured really, or anything like that. Brightness of GFG and CBP are really close as well. Shadow detail ditto.
What I finally decided after numerous tests on my Canon ProGraf Pro-1000 is that I wish I didnât have to give up my GFS because I still picked out those prints as best consistently in blind âtaste tests,â but given that Ilford has unfortunately bailed on GFS, Iâm probably going to go with GFG. For a while, it depended on what day you asked me, but I think Iâve settled pretty much on GFG. As much as Iâd like to penalize Ilford and go elsewhere with my business, for the sake of the quality of my fine art prints, Iâm going with Ilfordâs own replacement.
After all this, though, you still might want to get a small box of both the GFG and the Canson, since your subject matter, and taste, may differ from mine.
Hope this helps. Iâve spent several weeks on this as well.
Date published: 2020-07-02