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Digital printing versus exposure on photo paper - what's the difference?

We have been asked so often about the difference between photo books and real photo books that we think the subject is worth an article. Here we explain the differences in paper qualities.

Various Photo books offered. In addition to size and binding, the photo books also differ according to the type of production, i.e. a photo book or a real photo book.


Photo books from digital printing - good quality and affordable

Most of our Photo books becomes in digital printing produced, for example the hardcover photo book. The individual pages are printed on 170g / m² or 250g / m² paper and feel like the pages of a book. A photo book from digital printing can contain significantly more pages than a real photo book - with us up to 250!

Due to the adhesive binding, photo books have a fold that is typical of books, which means that the book cannot be opened completely flat.

Digital printing process: Raster printing sets limits

The Image quality in digital printing has gotten better and better over the past few years. However, if you look very closely, you can see small "dots". These "dots" are typical of digital printing, which is on the Halftone printing based. This means nothing more than that the printer has a limited number of pure colors in the print cartridge - namely yellow, magenta, blue and black.

In order to show the whole color palette, the different colors are printed in fine dots on top of each other on the paper. For this reason, there are certain limits to color reproduction in digital printing. But digital printing scores with text display. Because text is displayed sharp and perfectly legible.

The production costs for digital printing are significantly lower than for real photo books, which is why printed photo books are also much cheaper. So if you want to conveniently archive your extensive photo inventory on the bookshelf for leafing through and presenting, a photo book is the best choice.

The noble variant: exposure on photo paper

Anyone who values ​​particularly brilliant color quality is well advised to use real photo books or the real photo book softcover. With these photo books, the pages are straight like a photo print exposed on real Fuji photo paper and in chemical Silver halide process developed. To join the pages together to form a book, they are glued together according to the accordion principle. Due to this fanfold binding, the photo book can be opened completely flat. The pages are much thicker and more stable, so a real photo book can only contain a maximum of 96 pages.

The color rendering is of course much better due to the classic photo exposure and the photo is free of "dots". Due to the high color brilliance, the real photo book is ideally suited for the particularly elegant and large-format display of photos. However, the texts shown appear slightly out of focus. A large font size should therefore be selected for text.


Again all the facts at a glance

Digital printingExposure on photo paper
paperup to 250g / m² paperPhoto paper from Fuji with 280g / m²
Max. Number of pages250 pages 120 pages
textTexts perfectly legibleTexts slightly fuzzy
picture qualityGood qualityBrilliant colors
productionPages are printedPages are exposed
priceCheap solutionA bit expensive


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Conclusion: So which type of production you choose depends not only on the price, but also on the desired result.

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