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I need the opinions and knowledge from those who have played with laser printers and know a thing or two about book-quality paper. Right to the point, I plan to self publish some material of mine and am trying to find which sort of printer would best do the job. I want to shoot for a wide format, color laser printer, to make copies of my own illustrations. The sort of paper I am looking for, I cannot remember its name. They are smooth and have a slick surface, almost, ALMOST like photo glossy paper, but not quite. These are not terribly thick in paper weight either.
These two elements I really need to figure out and I would be super appreciative of your help.
My intention is to manifest copies of my art journals and other treats from my studio to share with the public.
A domestic color laser printer doesn't make professional looking prints. I have one and it's fine for text and reference pictures, but the color reproduction is lame. Some inkjet printers do make high quality prints (after all, a giclée is a high quality inkjet print.) High quality printers require maintenance and calibration and it's often not worth the trouble to do that yourself. Rely on a professional. If I were you, I wouldn't go to Kinkos, but I would go to actual printers in my areas and ask what they can do and ask to see samples. They also usually have a range of paper they can let you choose from.
I do love me wide format printers.
if this would be better than a laser then I have one of two things covered.
I need to learn where I can grab these papers.
Assuming many here have gone to the store or ordered online an art book, they often have a smooth glossy surface, not terribly thick.