Choose the right HP Photo paper

Learn how to choose paper that will give you vibrant, long-lasting photo prints

Dad and daughter looking at printed photos


Printing your photos on the right paper is essential to getting high-quality prints. Plain copier paper might be readily available, but it doesn't work well for photographs, resulting in prints that look dull and faded. Find out how to choose the right photo paper for crisp, vibrant photos you can’t wait to share and display.

Get lab-quality prints at home

HP Photo paper and ink

Original HP ink is specially formulated to work with Original HP paper for the best possible results.

HP inks are specially formulated to work together with HP papers to give you lab-quality results.

  • Features such as auto paper sensing help ensure you get high-quality photo prints the first time.
  • Using HP ink and HP photo paper together provides you with photos that can last for generations1.
  • Find HP ink formulated for your specific HP printer, and HP paper for any of your printing needs.
  • And don't forget—HP offers free next business day shipping on HP ink, toner, and paper!

Choose the right size

Man and daughter looking at album

4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photo paper is great for prints you plan to add to albums and scrapbooks.

HP photo papers come in multiple sizes, ideal for different uses:

  • 4" x 6" and 5" x 7": Great for photos you plan to add to albums and scrapbooks. Learn more about printing 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photos.
  • 8.5" x 11": Works well for photos you plan on framing and displaying, including family portraits and wedding photos. Use as is, or use for printing 8" x 10" photos.
  • 13" x 19" and 11" x 17": Ideal for making studio-quality enlargements of your photos and printing calendars and posters. Learn more about printing on 11" x 17" and 13" x 19" paper.

Choose the right finish

Man framing a photo in his home office

To help reduce glare on images you plan to frame, print your photos using matte photo paper.

There's a variety of photo paper finishes available, ranging from extremely glossy to matte, and in between. Glossy produces deep, vibrant colors, while matte offers rich textures and resists fingerprints.

  • High gloss, soft gloss, and glossy: Because glossy paper can reflect light and cause glare if framed in glass, it works best for family albums, scrapbooks, photo greeting cards, and other prints that won’t be displayed near windows or bright lights.
  • Semi-gloss and matte: Ideal for printing photos that you plan on framing, to help reduce the glare that sometimes reflects off of a frame’s glass.

Choose photo paper to suit your needs

HP offers a wide variety of photo paper finishes, from high gloss to matte, so you can get a variety of looks for every type of print or project.

Take a look at what's available:

Paper type Description Available sizes Available Finishes Usage ideas (click on a link to learn more!)
HP Premium Plus Photo Paper HP’s best photo paper

Produces vibrant, lab-quality photos that resist fading for generations1
High gloss
Soft gloss
Important event photos

Photos you'll frame


Photo gifts
HP Premium Photo Paper Get the look and feel of a photo-lab print at home 4"x6"

HP Advanced Photo Paper Heavier photo paper

Dries instantly and resists smudging
Glossy Photos for framing under glass
HP Everyday Photo Paper Thicker than plain paper so colors don't show through to the opposite side 4"x6"
School projects

Holiday newsletters

For even more photo printing options, check out the entire list of available Original HP photo papers.

Use HP Photo Value Packs and save

If you regularly print photos, HP Photo Value Packs can save you up to 20% on ink and photo paper.2

HP Photo Value Packs—like the HP 564 Photo Value Pack, and the HP 60 Photo Value Pack—combine Original HP ink with HP photo paper so you can print affordable photos at home.

Not sure what ink to buy? Use the HP Supplies Finder to purchase Original HP ink for your printer.

Learn more

  • 1Display-permanence rating by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc., or HP Image Permanence Lab. For details, see
  • 2Compared with purchasing ink and photo paper separately.