Digital fine art papers art papers from James Cropper are available in either a soft textured finish for a fine art feel, or ultra-smooth surface perfect for photographic reproductions.
These acid-free, long-life papers are designed for aqueous dye and pigment print, the fine surface coating on these original fine art paper grades provides consistent colour reproduction and gamut so that images come alive.
Produced using high alpha cellulose fibre
Wood pulp treated chemically to remove lignin is called woodfree paper. The highest grade of wood pulp paper (containing as much as 93% cellulose) is high alpha cellulose. Cotton is almost 100% alpha cellulose and naturally lignin and acid free.
Designed for aqueous dye and pigment print
Water-based pigment inks for inkjet printing have gained traction as high-performing, environmentally friendly, safe, and cost-efficient inks. Pigment inks are more durable than dyes, offering better lightfastness.
Available in textured or smooth surface finishes
When thinking about making a work of visual art, there are two types of texture, known as physical (or actual) texture provided by the substrate or canvas for the art and visual (or implied) texture provided by the art technique.
Paper Capabilities - A world of possibilities
Paper converting can often sit as a separate service to papermaking, with a complicated and lengthy supply chain limiting possibilities for the customer. However, the James Cropper Tailor Made service allows our clients to take their vision to the next level by benefitting from the fact that our papermaking and converting capabilities are all under one roof.
Textures and Patterns
The versatile surface of James Cropper papers can be made to take on forms that are as intriguing to the touch as they are beautiful to the eye.
Why not heighten tactility and add visual impact with one of the textured designs in the James Cropper collection?
James Cropper offers a choice of more than 30 different embossing patterns including textile weaves, leathers, rippling effects and intricate geometrics in grid, spot or linear formations to further enhance our premium papers and boards. We can also create a tailor made design for those wanting something truly unique.
To give increased clarity and depth to the textured finish, embossing patterns can be applied using a Hot Press heating method.
Whether it's bespoke embossing, laminating for effect or varnishing for technical performance that you are looking for, we are driven by the creativity of our clients and embrace every challenge.
We can duplex, film laminate or coat paper to create unique effects and textures quite unlike anything you'd get from print.
- Laminating up to 5 piles in single colour or striking colour combinations
- Papers from 70gsm to 3mm thick
- Decorative film and foil options
- Shimmering pearl effects
- Custom inclusions
Whilst a simple clear gloss or matt water based varnish can enhance
the appearance of the paper, it also improves resistance to scuffing and
finger-marking. A gloss varnish reflects back the light and makes the
base colour appear richer and more vivid. A matt varnish gives the
surface a satin look with a discreet sheen.
We go to great lengths to prove your papers lasting integrity.
Starting with the selection of raw materials to ensure the right paper grade and right choice of dyes and pigments are used to support your technical requirements; whether that is optimal colourfastness, rub or bleed resistance, wet or dry strength.
With safety and hygiene still being of high concern for people, particularly for items such as packaging, we can also reduce risk from bacteria or viral contamination with our PaperGard™ silver ion product production.
Adding lamination for rigidity or thickness and textures or coatings during the converting process for decorative effect, anti-counterfeiting measures or to aid scuff resistance; our paper experts can design your product with the end use in mind.
The mill can produce papers from 70gsm to 450gsm on machine. In addition we have the facility to laminate multiple paper plies to create heavyweight boards up to 3mm thick in single or multi-colour combinations.
Our papers and boards can be produced in reel or short form.