Hands-on with Ilford's Gold Silk inkjet paper
A hands-on review of Ilford's Gold Fiber Silk inkjet photo paper.
Those who enjoy the beauty of a high-quality black-and-white print will appreciate Ilford's newest member of its Galerie line of inkjet photo papers, the
Ilford Gold Fiber Silk inkjet paper is a traditional baryta (barium sulphate) paper for pigment-based inkjet printers. The baryta is used as a whitener and to hold the emulsion. The baryta-coated layer underneath the ink-receiving layer is equivalent to the structure of traditional fiber photographic base. Gold Fiber Silk is available in sheets and rolls, with sheet sizes ranging from 8.5 by 11 inches up to 17 by 22 inches, and rolls are all 40 feet in length with widths ranging from 17 inches to 50 inches. The paper is 12.5 mil in thickness with a brightness of >95 percent with a 20 percent gloss. I.C.C. profiles are available from Ilford.
Baryta-coated fiber papers have a unique look and feel to them, capable of silky blacks and creamy whites, and have been a standard among the art photography community for years. Gold Fiber Silk offers enhanced definition and extended tonal range, coupled with excellent archival properties. Things that are important to those who are dedicated to black-and-white inkjet printing. Although it excels at black-and-white printing, it has the ability to display a full color range. This allows for various creative techniques such as digital toning or coloring, achieving a sepia- or selenium-toned look, or even a vintage hand-colored look.
Sample prints were made on an
With it being a professional-grade paper and only working with pigment inks, it is not compatible with all printers. It has the beautiful look and feel of a traditional fiber-based black-and-white paper. It ranges in price from about $40 for 50 8.5- by 11-inch sheets to about $160 for 50 sheets of 17 by 22 inch. It is an excellent paper with a beautiful look and feel that people who love black & white prints will appreciate, a professional quality product, not for everyone due to its price and compatibility.