What are the best papers to use with the Epson 3800?
The UltraChrome K3 inks work well across a wide range of media. For third party papers, you should check the product description to see if it’s compatible with pigment inks. Paper selection boils down to personal preference. Qualities to consider include contrast (miaxmum black), color range (gamut), paper color (warm vs. cool), surface type (reflective vs. matte), surface texture (smooth vs. textured), single-sided vs. double-sided, paper weight and paper thickness, surface delicacy (tendencies to flake and scuff), longevity, outgassing characteristics, sheet size and roll offerings, and cost. Pick the qualities that matter to you and then look for papers that have them. If you’re just starting out, I suggest trying a sampler pack. Many places sell sampler packs that include a couple of sheets each of several different papers. It’s a good way to figure out what suits your tastes.