Epson Hot Press Bright Paper (17 x 22", 25 Sheets)

Epson Hot Press Bright Paper (17 x 22", 25 Sheets)

Epson Hot Press Bright Paper (17 x 22", 25 Sheets)

B&H # EPHPBC25 MFR # S042331
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Product Highlights

  • 100% Cotton Fiber Base Material
  • Basis Weight: 330 gsm
  • Thickness: 17 mil
  • Opacity: 98%
  • Brightness: 96%
  • Utilizes Optical Brightening Agents
  • Acid and Lignin Free; pH Buffered
  • Surface Finish: Smooth Matte
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Epson S042331 overview

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For fine art photographers looking for a matte medium that can deliver a wide color gamut and high brightness, Epson has developed Hot Press Bright Paper. Made from 100% cotton rag and using a hot press production technique, this paper features a smooth matte finish. The heavy weight of 330 gsm, thickness of 17 mil, and opacity of 98% further give this paper the look and feel of a true fine art paper. Also, through the use of optical brightening agents, this media will help deliver bright whites, deep blacks, and a wide color gamut. Designed for longevity, Hot Press Bright is free of acid, lignin, and chlorine and is pH buffered.

This paper is available here as a 25-pack of 17 x 22" sheets.

UPC: 010343871250
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Epson S042331 specs

Material Cotton Rag
Basis Weight 330 gsm
Thickness 17 mil / 0.43 mm
Opacity 98%
Brightness 96%
Single/Double-Sided Single
OBA Content Yes
Surface Finish Matte
Storage Temperature 68 to 77°F / 20 to 25°C
Storage Humidity 40 to 60%
Quantity 25 Sheets
Sheet Size (W x L) 17 x 22" / 43.18 x 55.88 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 8.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 25.25 x 20.25 x 1.0"

Epson S042331 reviews

Hot Press Bright Paper (17 x 22", 25 Sheets) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 34.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth Matte Paper: I've tested them all I recently did a test comparing all the fine art papers from Hahnemhle, 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.
Date published: 2013-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very nice paper 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.
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breakthrough in Matte Paper This is the best fine art matte paper anyone has yet produced. It works great with even older printers with the Ultrachrome Ink. Great results from my six year old Epson 4000.
Date published: 2010-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My preferred paper 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.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful results I print abstract photos on an Epson 3880 printer. I have tried several other papers and I find that the overall look of the Hot Press Bright looks fantastic for what I am trying to do. My photos go from stright B & W to very saturated colors and it handles them all very nicely. Good blacks, bright colors and even though it has a matt finish everything still pops and looks sharp. Also, the paper is thick enough so that you can handle it easily. I am also using the 8 x 10 cut of this paper and like it as well.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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 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@
Date published: 2011-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My expections was exceeded times Ten! 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!!
Date published: 2011-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from terrible paper I was printing 21 17x17 images for a gallery show. After the first few prints I started noticing tiny gray/black specks in the white/unprinted border areas. Never at the same spot, never more then 2 or 3. Of course I thought this had to be a printer issue. (Epson SC P800). I spend hours with Epson customer service trying to take care of the problem. After wasting about 50 sheets they gave up and told me to bring the printer to a service center. They checked it for two days and told me the printer was in great shape and to bring some of the paper I was printing on. Long story short, the specks were there before the paper ever entered the printer. You don't see it at all in the darker areas but in the white and light areas the are clearly visible and once you put the print under museum glass they get even worse. It took 70 sheets to get 21 good ones in the end. NEVER again.
Date published: 2017-03-21
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