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Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta vs. Canson Baryta Photographique

Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta vs. Canson Baryta Photographique

Side-by-side comparison of two legendary fine art printing papers

This is just a short video comparing the surfaces of two highly-respected baryta surface inkjet papers. See the paper surfaces up-close and side-by-side. Hahnemühle and Canson both make great papers for fine art and commercial photography applications. Both are legacy European companies that have made artists papers since the 1500s. Both papers are museum quality. How do their most popular papers compare?

By the way, this article was not sponsored by anyone and I received no paid endorsements.

This photograph compares the paper surfaces side-by-side: Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique on the left and Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta on the right
This photograph compares the paper surfaces side-by-side: Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique on the left and Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta on the right

Above: a side-by-side comparison with the Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique on the left and Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta on the right. Note the Canson features a stippled texture while the Hahnemuhle features a surface more like the traditional darkroom fiber-based prints I have seen. Both are gorgeous.

A photograph of the official Hahnemuhle swatch book at a local camera store.
A photograph of the official Hahnemuhle swatch book at a local camera store.

The Hahnemuhle paper is 325 gsm, which is very thick. I had to open the platen gap on my printer to a wider setting and feed it through the rear manual-feed slot to get it to flow properly. Prior to that, it went through the printer but showed impression lines from the printer’s rollers.


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Test the papers yourself

You can buy boxes of 8.5 x 11-inch papers to make your own test prints on Amazon here:

Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique — Acid Free, 8.5 x 11 Inch, White, 25 Sheets

Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta — Ultra Smooth High Gloss, Bright White Inkjet Paper, 325gsm, 8.5×11″, 25 Sheets

Note: If you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a small commission from Amazon.

In the end, I decided to go with the Hahnemuhle, but also will be keeping the Baryta Photographique as a backup.

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~ Keith

1 comment

  1. Beautiful! Yes, I see the tonal difference, but I would think you could easily pick which which one to use depending on the subject matter to accent that. I love this texture too!

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