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An archive of Galerie Smooth Pearl posts by ILFORD.

ILFORD GALERIE Prints in Unique Photo Show

ILFORD GALERIE at Unique PhotoUnique Photo in Fairfield, New Jersey has a “unique” photo show hanging in the store.  Unique employees participated offering their photographs to be printed on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet paper. Diverse subject matter and multiple shooting styles makes this show interesting and fun.  You’ll enjoy seeing how ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl media reproduces a variety of colors and contrast ranges.

ILFORD GALERIE at Unique PhotoThe show consists of  30 to 40 large prints. The photographs include at least one print from all of the showroom and phone sales employees at Unique Photo. The prints are hanging in the Unique University classroom inside the store. The show will be up through the end of October, 2011. This show is planned to be an annual event at Unique.

I asked Mike Zawadzki why they decided to have a show of employee photographs. “When you go to a camera store it’s nice to know that the employees are also photographers… So it really shows that everyone here is still a working photographer or a photography student,” he said.

Mike also spoke about the excellent reproduction of black and white prints on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl and the great quality that this paper produces. “It’s very hard to get good quality black and white inkjet prints. A lot of us here are used to printing in a darkroom… The ILFORD paper has a really nice quality for black and white and the color ones look great too!”

Have a listen to the short audio interview we recorded with show curator Mike Zawadzki of Unique Photo.  Click on the audio play icon below and be sure to adjust the audio on the right side of the bar.

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ILFORD GALERIE at Unique Photo

Unique Photo is a camera and video retailer located in Fairfield, NJ. The employee photo show on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet paper will be up through the end of this month.

We would really enjoy hearing your experience with ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl. Please leave a comment here. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be featured on the ILFORD blog!

Step up from the ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet media. Be sure to follow ILFORD Imaging on Facebook and @ilfordimaging on Twitter.

We’ll see you in NYC at Photo Plus Expo in booth 1036, October 27-29, 2011.

ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet Paper

ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet PaperWhen you print on inkjet paper you want excellent tonal range, water resistance, and confidence that your image will not slowly fade away over time. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl gives you all this and a beautiful surface for portfolio prints, finished prints delivered to you client, or photos for your own enjoyment.

200+ Year Print Permanence

Tests still in progress at Wilhelm Research indicated that ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl, when printed with pigment inks and displayed under glass, will be beautiful to look at 200 years from now! Covering a print with glass reduces exposure to airborne pollutants that can cause “gas fading.” Using UV glass will yield additional protection from UV rays that also conspire to reduce permanence.  Displaying prints made on Smooth Pearl behind UV glass can extend their life beyond 200 years.(Download the full report.)

ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl was rated as having a high resistance to water and humidity. Besides “gas fading” from pollutants and exposure to UV light, humidity is the next great enemy of print longevity. Once again ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl comes out a champ.

Even if you simply put the print up on a wall out of direct sunlight in normal room lighting without protection your print on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl using pigment inks is expected to still be beautiful for over 70 years! (Note that luminance levels exceeding 450 LUX for 12 hours per day may reduce this estimate). What makes ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl such a great choice for print permanence and image longevity and stability?

ILFORD GALERIE Inkjet PaperNanoporous technology is part of the magic. Inkjet papers are made up of layers. The receiving layer is the layer that actually “receives” and holds the ink.  Various additional layers make up the rest of weight of the paper and provide the base upon which this receiving layer resides.  Nanoporous layers take up ink in tiny channels making the print “dry to the touch” when it comes out of the printer making it possible to  gently handle prints immediately. This fast drying property allows you to use high speed settings on your printer. The technology “locks” the ink into the receiving layer helping to provide resistance to humidity and water.

ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl has a heavy base weight that gives prints a rich feel as well. At 290gsm Smooth Pearl exceeds the competition giving you the look and feel of  a conventional photograph. And ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl achieves a clean white surface without optical brighteners. You’ll be amazed at the color gamut possible with excellent image clarity. Expect your printed image to meet and exceed conventional photographic printing.

All ILFORD Smooth papers are “universal” papers. They are well matched to both dye and pigment inks from a variety of manufacturers. This “universal” ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl no matter what printer or ink type you normally use.

ILFORD wants you to get the best print possible. That’s way we provide printer profiles for the most widely used photographic quality inkjet printers directly from our website. Go to  Select “Printer Profiles” under the “Support” tab at the top. Here you’ll choose “GALERIE” and enter information about the printer you’re using.  You’ll be led to a download link were you can get the printer profile that matches your printer ink and paper combination. This link will include the profile that you’ll need and a Read Me file that tells you where to install the profile in your operating system to make is accessible in programs that you use to print in a color managed workflow. You can also make custom printer profiles with color management solutions like X-Rite i1Photo Pro and i1Publish Pro and ColorMunki Photo.

In each box of paper you’ll find a sheet that gives you valuable information on how to set your media type in various printer drivers to insure the ink is placed on the paper in a optimum way to give you the very best from your particular printer on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl paper. Color management is essential to a consistent, predictable workflow and ILFORD is committed to providing you with all the tools necessary to control your output with good color management practices.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing your beautiful images coming of your inkjet printer on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl paper you owe to yourself to try it and experience the quality, the feel, and the longevity of this fine inkjet paper. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl is available in sheets and rolls from you photographic dealer. Step up from the ordinary. Give yourself the pleasure of seeing your work printed on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl.  Visit for more information.

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Wilhelm Research Print Permanence Ratings for ILFORD GALERIE Papers

We are delighted to share with you that Wilhelm Research has released a report on ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers detailing expected permanence for images. Three media types are tested – ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl, and ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Gloss.  In all three cases the expected stability of prints framed under glass is over 200 years! Visit Wilhelm Research at and download the full report!

“Products as permanent as these ILFORD offerings require very long test times, so while these media have not yet reached the first of our endpoint criteria, the tests have been in progress long enough for us to confidently give all three papers a greater than 200 year WIR Display Permanence Rating with HP Vivera Pigment Inks,” said Henry Wilhelm, co-founder, president, and director of research at Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. Wilhelm expects these ratings to improve to even greater permanence ratings as the tests continue. He further adds that since these papers do not have optical brighteners they will resist yellowing which is also and important consideration when prints will be displayed for decades. Wilhelm Research, Inc. is a respected firm whose rigorous testing procedures are well known.  We are delighted to bring these important new test results to you. CLICK HERE to download the full report.

“At ILFORD we strive to create the highest quality products in order to meet the demands of today’s discerning professionals who rely on inkjet media,” said Dr. Rita Hofmann, Director of Research and Development at ILFORD. “Our in-house research and development staff continues to develop [and] market leading products using the latest print technology. We are pleased that Wilhelm Research laboratory has independently verified the impressive permanence levels we have created.”

ILFORD GALERIE Professional inkjet media are designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of today’s professional inkjet user. Check out ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl, and ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Gloss for yourself! Find out why professionals have been relying on ILFORD for the highest quality photographic media for over 130 years.

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The Hybrid Artist Reviews ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Gloss and Smooth Pearl

ProPhoto Coalition founder, Chris Meyer, recently posted an extensive review of ILFORD Galerie Smooth Gloss and Smooth Pearl inkjet media on his blog The Hybrid Artist. This in depth look at ILFORD Galerie inkjet media set alongside HP, Epson, and Breathing Color media really gives a good look at how these ILFORD Galerie papers perform.  Chris uses a clever twist of looking at the “Left-Brain” or analytical aspects of how the paper performs as well as the “Right-Brain” or more emotional response from actually viewing the results.

ILFORD Smooth Gloss and ILFORD Smooth Pearl inkjet mediaWe don’t want to spoil the fun by revealing too much here.  But suffice to say that ILFORD Galerie Smooth Gloss and Smooth Pearl media performed very well. Here’s what Chris says, “I’d say the Ilford Galerie Smooth line would be an excellent choice, especially for realistic nature work and portraiture…” Please go on over and read the post on The Hybrid Artist called

Review: Ilford Galerie Smooth Gloss and Pearl Papers.

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