Does paper really matter for pigment inks?

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Alexey Contributing Member • Posts: 943
Does paper really matter for pigment inks?

I am printing with Epson pigment printers on matte papers.  Many of my prints are high contrast shots, many black and white.  On many prints, most of the surface is blackest matte black, with some highlights. I am printing on Epson Premium Presentation matte. I see some high end matte art papers advertising high dmax.   However, if most of my paper is covered with a thick layer of matte black ink, would I really see deeper blacks on one paper vs another?  Or is it just that blacks will be just as black, but highlights will be brighter on higher quality paper?  Other thank thickness and the absence of OBAs (that may yellow the brightest portions of the paper in 10-20 years), what else would I gain by switching from standard Epson premium matte presentation paper to various artistic “rags”?

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