Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk paper

Ilford has just announced Gallerie Gold Fibre Silk, a fiber-based photo paper that is optimized for black-and-white and color-toned printing.

Gold Fibre Silk uses a barium-sulfate coating (more commonly known as baryta ) to provide a lustrous print similar in nature to traditional fiber-based photographic paper. It has a smooth, soft glossy face, and a hefty 310gsm weight to it. I’ve been working with it on my Epson Stylus Pro 3800, and am getting wonderfully creamy black and white prints and nice platinum-style photographs (courtesy of Pixel Genius’s excellent PhotoKit Photoshop plug-in).

In the U.S., Gold Fibre Silk will be available in letter, Super B (13" by 19") and C (17" by 22") sheets, as well as 17", 24" and 44" rolls, although it will a few weeks before the paper appears in stores or online. The company wouldn’t give me final pricing, but B&H Photo has a 10-sheet Super B-size pack priced at $35, and a 50-sheet pack for $113. ICC color profiles for the Gold Fibre Silk—for use with printers from Canon, Epson, HP and Lexmark—are currently on the Ilford Web site, as are profiles for nearly all the Ilford media line.

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