Substrate Showdown: Epson Hot Press Bright VS Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth


Smooth Matte Fine Art papers deliver dreamy low-contrast images that appear to have developed within the surface of a luscious cotton substrate.

Epson Hot Press exhibits an excellent black point creating good contrast for a matte paper. The delicate matte-finish surface can show scuffs when handled especially in the darker areas of a print.

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth has a super durable surface finish and lighter blacks that produce lower-contrast prints. This paper is especially good for working with photo prints as the substrate for mixed media processes.

Epson Hot Press Bright Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth
330gsm sheet | 300gsm roll 305gsm
17mil sheet | 16 mil roll ~19mil
100% cotton 100% cotton
96 iso brightness 94 iso brightness
Moderate OBAs Moderate OBAs
Smooth Matte Finish Ultra Smooth Matte Finish
Whitepoint L* 97.52* Whitepoint L* 97.81*
Blackpoint L* 15.5 * Blackpoint L* 15*
60” roll | 17″ x 22″ sheets** 64” roll | 16.5” x 23.4” sheets (A2)**
$1.21 per square foot $2.14 per square foot

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*Manufacturer’s profiles for Epson SureColor P7000 Standard Edition were used for whitepoint L* and blackpoint L* measurements with absolute rendering intent. A whitepoint value closer to 100 indicates a whiter paper. A blackpoint value closer to 0 indicates a darker black.

**Reflects max size.

***Pricing based on 24″ roll size using Spectraflow’s standard pricing.