LEMAG product review - Photo Art Silk 290 Inkjet Paper

РеrmаJеt Photo Art Silk 290

A really special, 290gsm, acid-free smooth art paper with a totally unique ink receiving layer that exhibits a silk/semi-gloss sheen once printed on.

A luxurious, smooth silk finish inkjet paper which defines the high quality of the PermaJet fine art range. With a hefty base weight of 290gsm, this acid-free media only reveals its magical and undetectable silk coating once the image is printed. Every image bursts forth with a subtle, and yet, vibrant silk sheen in the printed areas. A perfect media for colour work with subject matter containing reflective or mirrored surfaces such as water or glass where a shimmering effect is required.

Exceptional Dmax readings and a very wide colour gamut make this a true favourite for any fine art photography printing where the highest detail is needed. Ideal for use with pigment or dye based inks and matt ink type is recommended for the very best results.

A high level of colour vibrancy can be obtained and the resilient silk surface makes it suitable for many applications.

Ideal for all reproductions of landscape, wildlife and creative digital art as well as portraiture.

About PermaJet

PermaJet was started as a separate company in 1999 with just one very adventurous aim – to deliver a range of high quality everyday inkjet papers as well as smooth and textured Fine Art Inkjet Papers, never seen before by photographers. These products suit everyone who is serious about their photography and image printing.

PermaJet can now boast that it has the World’s largest range of photographic inkjet papers and canvases, many manufactured to a unique specification.

As well as paper technology, PermaJet launched the first CIS Bulk Ink Systems in Europe in 2001 and have developed this part of the business to become one of the World leaders in this technology.

РеrmаJеt Photo Art Silk 290 – test images choice

We have received a batch of Photo Art Silk 290 paper from РеrmаJеt to test and present to LEMAG readers.
Before starting our tests we downloaded the ICC profile off the РеrmаJеt website.
After a few initial test prints we decided to print for this review a mixture of images ranging from long exposure, flowers and architecture, both in colour and monochrome.
There are the same images we used testing other papers so to have the best comparison platform.
All images were printed on Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer using OEM inks.
Our 27-inch Mac monitor was calibrated with @datacolurSpyderX Elite.

Paper handling

РеrmаJеt Photo Art Silk 290 is not a rigid as Museum Heritage 310. It is of course a bit thinner – being a semi-glass paper it does not require  the thickness of the other to render expected results.

Despite being a thinner paper it does feel very solid to the touch. Its silky sheen is immediately visible. The paper has a contemporary look to it and we felt sure that images we selected to test this paper will print well.

Colour printing

The colour images we have selected provide a wide paper testing range for shadows, highlights, midtowns and deep blacks.
In all colour printed images the white base worked well and we did not notice any saturation restrain.
Colour gamut is wide and both blacks and whites are strong with very good tonal definition. The silky sheen is indeed as rich as PermaJet claims it would be. It worked best on the images which are lighter, for instance of the image with small purple flower, the image of tulips, Venice canal image and Venice architecture. Our favourite is the image we present bottom of this page where the richness of both blacks and highlights has been displayed. hoto Art Silk 290 handled this image exceptionally well, which gives use assurance it will also be a great paper to print long exposure images, especially  seascapes.

Monochrome printing

We tested this paper on two very different monochrome images – one with very deep blacks and sharp highlights, almost burnet-out highlights and the other (of a field in the mist) lot more toned-down, with pronounced details and texture.

Both images came out as desired, showing all qualities of both images. Photo Art Silk 290 is excellent for monochrome printing, giving strong blacks and a wide tonal range with smooth gradations between tones. The paper proved to render shadows and blacks exceptionally well. So well that we printed a few more images on it, which we will present in our ‘Talking Pictures’ on our YouTube channel.

Best for

The white textured base works exeptionally very well for or land- ans seascapes as well as for architectural shots. Wherever fine details make a significant contribution to the impact of the image (for example in the floral and Venice architecture shots) this paper gave outstanding results creating prints that are very pleasing to they eye.

Conclusion and our final verdict:

Photo Art Silk 290 paper from РеrmаJеt, tested on variety of very different images has yielded instant results with true-to-scree rendition. The smooth, silk semi-gloss finish is an excellent choice for those photographers who favour rich rendition of shadows and blacks while retaining the same qualities in the highlights. We think this is an excellent choice for those who want to exhibit their images in the best quality.

We recommend taking this paper into consideration when choosing one for printing, especially for landscapes, floral and long exposure images.

Below are the images we printed on РеrmаJеt Photo Art Silk 290:

This one we loved best – printed of course on РеrmаJеt Photo Art Silk 290. The paper brought out full colours and richness of the tones: