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Nic Rossmüller : June 6th 2006 - 12:08 CET
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HPHP Photo Paper : HP Advanced Photo Paper, is a glossy, instant-dry media that offers excellent image quality, durability, and water resistance. Thanks to proprietary instant-dry coating technology, HP Advanced Photo Paper offers excellent smudge resistance. The newest formulation of Advanced Photo Paper offers a number of advancements over the previous HP Photo Paper, from increased display permanence to improved gloss and an enhanced photo feel. At 10.5 mil and 250 g/m2, the new HP Photo Paper is significantly thicker and stiffer than the previous Advanced Photo Paper for a true photo feel. The new photo paper is available in a variety of sizes, including glossy 4x6- and 5x-7-inch-ideal for use with HP compact photo printers.
HP Photo PaperHP Photo Paper - Instant dry
New HP Advanced Photo Paper offers excellent handling ability, making it easy for customers to share photos almost immediately without concern for smearing or smudging prints. Improvements in HP’s newest instant-dry paper result from a number of advancements in paper coating technology. Generally, there are two types of photo paper coating technologies, swellable and nano-porous. Swellable papers, such as HP Premium Plus Photo Paper, provide superb image quality and fade resistance when used with HP dye-based inks.

HP Advanced Photo Paper - Ink capacity
Swellable papers take longer to dry but typically have offered more fade resistance than the majority of “instant dry” nano-porous media. HP Advanced Photo Paper has a proprietary, nano-porous coating that absorbs ink through capillary pressure for rapid ink absorption and instant dry time. The new photo paper has a higher ink absorption rate and higher ink capacity than the previous paper. Since the porous coating is comprised of water insoluble ceramic pigments, it is highly water- and scratch-resistant. Each layer of the paper coating serves a unique function and contributes to the new paper’s enhanced features.

HP Photo Paper - Protection layer
The protection layer is the outermost layer and is comprised of ultra-smooth ceramic pigments. These pigments provide a durable barrier of protection to the layers below, imparting excellent scratch and fingerprint resistance. The new Advanced Photo Paper has a thicker protection layer-2.5 times the thickness of the previous paper. The increased thickness creates a smoother surface and allows the new photo paper to deliver superior gloss characteristics. With 5x-7-inch media-compatible compact photo printers (varies by model); also available in 3.5x-5-inch in Japan only.

HP Photo Paper - Imaging layers
Two imaging layers, directly beneath the protection layer, work together to give the new Advanced Photo Paper its enhanced ink absorption capacity. The pigments used in the imaging layers are based on HP proprietary nano-particle
technology. The surface of each nanoparticle is customized to provide optimal compatibility with HP’s newest inks. Polyethylene layers: Two polyethylene
layers, one directly above the core paper layer and a second layer directly beneath it encapsulate and protect the photo base paper from water penetration.

HP Advanced Photo Paper - Glossy finish
The thick, top polyethylene layer over the textured photo base gives HP Advanced Photo Paper an extremely smooth, glossy finish. The bottom polyethylene layer prevents edges from curling and keeps the paper flat for reliable printing performance across a range of humidity levels. Core paper layer: The resin-coated photo base, comparable to the base paper used in traditional silver-halide photographs, gives the new HP Advanced Photo Paper the true look of traditional photo papers and, more importantly, an enhanced feel.

HP Photo Paper - Results
The thicker upper and lower polyethylene layers in HP’s new Advanced Photo Paper work together to give it a higher gloss level and better uniformity than the previous HP Advanced Photo Paper, as well as most competitive photo papers. The high level of gloss, an attribute that is difficult to attain with nano-porous media, results from a special combination of surfactants and other ingredients used in coating formulation. The thicker, stiffer paper is also more crease-resistant, so corners are less likely to become damaged or bent.

HP Photo Paper - Performance
The new HP Advanced Photo Paper is compatible with any inkjet printer and delivers vivid color photos when used with various ink technologies, including HP’s newest dye and pigment ink systems. Like its predecessor, the new HP Advanced Photo Paper incorporates HP’s proprietary Auto Sense technology. HP Auto Sense-enabled printers ‘read’ special Auto Sense marks on the back of HP Advanced Photo Paper and automatically optimize print settings. Auto Sense technology simplifies printing and helps ensure consistent photo quality while helping to prevent wasted paper and ink. New HP Advanced Photo Paper brings exceptional value to home and professional Photo printing with excellent quality and performance at an affordable price. For information on professional printing applications with new HP Advanced Photo Paper, see the technology backgrounder.

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