Choose the right HP Photo paper
Learn how to choose paper that will give you vibrant, long-lasting photo prints
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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 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
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
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
|Important event photos
Photos you'll frame
|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||
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
Not sure what ink to buy? Use the HP Supplies Finder to purchase Original HP ink for your printer.
- 1Display-permanence rating by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc., or HP Image Permanence Lab. For details, see hp.com/go/printpermanence.
- 2Compared with purchasing ink and photo paper separately.