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50lb. Arctic Polar Luster Double-sided Paper

Photo Grade Inkjet Paper
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50lb. Arctic Polar Luster Double-sided (and its cousin 75lb. Arctic Polar Luster) are the finest luster papers on Earth. This version is ideal for photo books and portfolios. At 190gsm and 9mil, it is the right weight and thickness for perfect binding projects, books, portfolios. Even more important is the surface. Inks will not smudge, rub off, or offset from page to page - even if you're using pigment inks!

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Grain Direction (GS/GL)

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50lb. Arctic Polar Luster Double-sided Paper Details & Information

Description
Description

Book weight / thickness double-sided luster inkjet paper

50lb. Arctic Polar Luster Double-sided (and its cousin 75lb. Arctic Polar Luster) are the finest luster papers on Earth. This version is ideal for photo books and portfolios. At 190gsm and 9mil, it is the right weight and thickness for perfect binding projects, books, portfolios. Even more important is the surface. Inks will not smudge, rub off, or offset from page to page - even if you're using pigment inks!

Ideal For:

  • Photo books, photo portfolios, high-end presentations
  • Anyone who wants the look and feel of a professional photo lab
  • Saturated colors, neutral B&W, and smooth tonal transitions
  • Images with deep blacks and rich color
  • Any inkjet printer

Good To Know:

  • The finest photo luster on Earth
  • Print photo quality on both sides
  • Available in grain specific sizes
  • Deep luster finish
  • Acid free base stock. Coating slightly acidic
  • Not recommended to fold this product

Grain Direction

Grain direction is related to how easily a paper will bend in a certain direction.

Grain Long (GL): For books in portrait orientation

Grain Short (GS): For books in landscape orientation

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* Always display inkjet prints under glass, plastic or in a book for maximum print life.

Related Categories: Photo Inkjet Paper, Satin Photo Paper, Double Sided Papers

Specifications
Specifications
  • Weight: 50lb. (190 gsm)
  • Thickness: 9 mil
  • Coating: State-of-the-art microporous
  • Color: Bright white
  • Printable: Photo quality on both Sides
  • Type: Resin coated
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Compatibility
Is this paper compatible with your printer's ink?

All products are compatible with aqueous inks. Not designed for solvent, latex or UV.

  • Epson - All Printers: Yes
  • Canon - All Printers: Yes
  • HP: Yes

* Matte coated and cotton papers over 60lb. may not feed consistently and may require some hand feeding.
* Many 24" and wider printers have a minimum sheet size of 8". Consult your manual before buying smaller sizes.

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Suggested Uses
Use this paper for:
  • High quality photo prints
  • Snapshots
  • Photo books
  • Portfolios


Note Cards

Your note cards are a perfect way to display my photos. I use both the 5x7 and 5 1/4 square Pecos River Gloss. Sometimes people frame the cards instead of using them.
MCG - 10/01/2014
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Reviews for 50lb. Arctic Polar Luster Double-sided Paper

It's worth it
Kirk Poschman
04/01/2023
I used a double-sided glossy paper from another company for proofing a text & photo project before the final production run. I and the customer were fairly happy with the composition of the proofing results ... until we saw the difference with the Red River Artic Polar Luster. Admittedly the other brand had a little more surface gloss, but it adsorbed the ink too much (causing slight page warping) and produced what looked like a slight white haze when fully dry, which downgraded the photo quality significantly. The photos on the Red River paper were crisp and the colors were brilliant. With the other brand, I had to wait 15 minutes to let the page warping subside before the back side could be printed. The Red River paper was ready for the back side printing within a minute. I use an Epson 3880 printer for proofing and printing. The Red River paper may cost a bit more than the other brand, but my results offset the difference many fold.
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50lb. Arctic Polar Luster Double-sided
Natcha
05/04/2022
The paper is good quality. It printed out my images beautifully. I use it for my handmade fine art photobook. It turns out very well. Easy to use. The delivery is fast. It arrived as schedule time. Perfect timing for me since I was in a hurry.
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Trouble with two sided printing
04/19/2022
I have a just several months old Epson P900 printer so it operates perfectly. The photos from my Nikon mirror less camera look great on the paper. My issue came while I was printing the second side of 11X17 paper. Because the paper’s corner’s had become curled-up, the print head would catch on the sides of the paper as it cycled back and forth for the first 1/4 inch and the last 1/4 inch of the print. The result was poor print resolution near the corners. I have not had this issue when printing on paper from other suppliers. The issue (clicking sound) was so noticeable as the print head caught on the paper’s edges my wife came in from another room wondering what was wrong with my printer.
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Folds nicely
Paul Albert
04/05/2022
I use it to make cards. Concerned about cracking on fold. BUT it doesn't. Perfect thickness. Paper doesn't all have to be heavy weight. Nicer finish than Matte for a card. Very satisfied.
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50lb Arctic Polar Luster Double sided
Pauline Lightfoot
03/31/2022
Used this paper to produce a Family History book. Not inexpensive but worth every penny. I was delighted with the finished project, it looked very professional!
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Great light weight
Ashlee Osterberg
03/19/2022
This is a great lighter weight option for my quick prints. I can do test prints on a good quality paper that will give me a much better representation of what I am trying to do. The fact that it is double-sided makes it so that I can do two test prints on one page, which also then saves me money. I love the Arctic polar luster for its semi-gloss finish and minute amount of texture. It has a lovely quality for both color and black and white photos.
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Superb paper, worth the cost
Ken Schory
02/11/2022
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I'm using this paper to self-publish a limited number of books of my landscape photographs, using an Epson P900 printer. As image quality is the single most important factor, I'm delighted that this printer/paper combination is truly impressive, thereby justifying the paper's rather high price. Because this is a book, it's also important that the paper feels good in the hand, and it does. As another reviewer commented, I, too, found that my printer didn't, for whatever reason, handle multiple sheets well, so I've been feeding the sheets individually -- tedious, yes, but in my case, because I have the time, I'm OK with that.
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Good weight
Barbara
01/19/2022
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I like the weight of this paper.I use it to print images to use in hand-cut collages.
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Double sided paper
Charles Bash
12/13/2021
Verified Buyer
I am using this artic pro luster (double sided) to print family calendars. I print on 13x19 paper and fold in the middle, so each 1/2 page had a photo on one side and a calendar image behind it. This paper is truly double sided as I can turn a sheet over and see another photo, and I can see no difference in color or print accuracy. It also is heavy enough that you get no print through of the back side image. I print with a Canon Pro100 printer and I had seen recommendations that it will work best with 24 hour drying time. I believe 8 is a more accurate time to get fully dry, but don’t push the drying time. In order to fold the paper, I may contact the photo with significant drawing pressure and I see no signs on finger on the photos.
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