When To Use Prestige & When To Use Photographique
Canson has been a major provider of high quality fine art canvas since 1557. Centuries later from the 1850s-1880s Canson helped pioneer photo paper into the early 20th century. Canson Infinity is now a global leader in fine art photo paper and digital inkjet printing. In 2017 Canson Infinity joined forces with Arches, another fine art canvas and photo paper pioneer since 1492, that provided canvas for the likes of Van Gogh and Picasso, creating the Canson Arches range for digital inkjet printing. Canson Infinity continues to pioneer the world of photo paper with their Baryta paper. This special type of photo paper meant to give digital prints the same appearance of a traditional silver print. We will cover 2 different Baryta Paper, Baryta Photographique 310g and Baryta Prestige 340g.
Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique complies with the ISO 9706 standard for maximum longevity while providing the aesthetic and look of the original darkroom baryta print. The Baryta Photographique has a satin finish that is smooth to the touch, while being ideal for black and white photos due to its great image sharpness and black density. Baryta paper's almost smooth, no-sheen texture brings out the full spectrum of colours and details in the photograph. Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique consists of an alpha-cellulose, acid-free pure white paper with the same barium sulphate coating as for traditional silver halide and a premium inkjet colour receiver layer.
Canson Infinity Baryta Prestige 340g consists of an acid-free alpha-cellulose and cotton white paper base with a true barium sulphate coating. Baryta Prestige is a smooth Baryta Gloss paper which evokes the look and aesthetic feel of traditional darkroom papers. The Baryta Prestige characteristics are truly unique: providing excellent durability, outstanding black optical density (D-max), and superb image sharpness. The Canson Prestige 340g offers a good level of flatness, excellent surface homogeneity, and very good cuttability. The Canson Infinity Baryta Prestiges printed and non-printed surfaces differ only very slightly in glossiness and offer an extraordinarily wide gamut which improves colour reproduction and increases visual impact.
Canson Infinity Baryta paper is highly appreciated by museums and art galleries as it offers excellent print longevity. The white paper allows for some stunning contrasts. Canson Infinity Baryta really is the preferred paper of photography professionals and lovers of photo art. The deciding factors in which you choose may lie in the subtle differences, the prestige is thicker at 14.6mil with the photographique at 12.2 mil. Canson Prestige has an opacity of 99% and a whiteness of 112% with the Photographique only having 99% whiteness and no opacity. Canson Infinity Baryta Prestige seems to be preferred for images with higher color content and contrast.