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88lb. Polar Matte

At 16 mil thickness, 88lb. Polar Matte is the heaviest and thickest photo matte stock on the market today. Red River's Polar Matte raises the bar for imaging excellence. This paper brings you professional quality in every sense of the meaning. From the coating to the base stock, Polar is the go-to photo matte when you want the best. Polar features a beautiful soft white printing surface with outstanding ink holdout capabilities. Polar Matte is acid-free and its heavy 88lb. weight makes perfect for projects where you need prints to convey quality that you can feel.

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Reviews for 88lb. Polar Matte

Good quality that you don't find in others
Robert Norris
Verified Buyer
After several tests throughout a few weeks I found that the weight and color of the 88lb Polar Matte to be exceptional. When printing on this paper it has a very good texture and enough brightness to have your photos pop but not be over bearing to the viewer. The tone and contrast of the photos hold up well and they just look great! Overall it is a very good paper!
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Highest quality paper in the market
Verified Buyer
I never write reviews for anything but this one is 100% worth the time to write. I just received my 88lb 4x6 Polar Matte paper and I could not be any happier. I also bought the 60lbs Polar Matte, and also the 96lb Pecos River Gloss 5x7 (I have not tried this one yet but the paper quality looks great). I just purchased a Canon Pixma Pro-100 so I can start printing my own greeting cards and only after I purchased it, I saw some bad reviews regarding card stock printing and color issues with the prints. I immediately panicked thinking this printer will not satisfy my needs and will have to return it and start researching a better printer. Well I tried all kinds of paper that I purchased from large and well known companies in the US and I was so disappointed to find out that the cardstock printing was indeed horrible with this printer. My designs are very colorful with a lot of depth in the colors (making it look kind of 3d) - I honestly thought it was the printers fault and was seriously considering to return it until I accidentally stumbled upon some comments about this great online paper company. I just tested the first 4x6 print and i am stunned by how beautiful the colors look. I wish I could share a photograph. The paper is very high quality with a reasonable price and the shipping was extremely fast. There was also some miscommunication with the billing address and instead of just cancelling my order and sending me a generic email, an actual person reached out just asking to clarify the address instead of having me re send the order. 10/10 Customer service 10/10 Shipping time 10/10 Paper quality
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Such a Difference
Astrid Lyons
Verified Buyer
I used the 88lb Polar Matte for printing postcards. I can't tell you enough how much of a difference it makes to use this excellent-quality paper for prints. My illustration-style (vector, not photos) designs come out brighter, stronger, and crisper than on anything else I've used. I'd definitely recommend the 88lb weight for postcards; it's the perfect weight for mailing without an envelope.
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This is my new favorite paper
Tammy Wampler
I upgraded to this from 60lb Polar Matte for my fine art prints. I am so happy I did. I do some hand embellished prints where I paint metallic gold paint on to the print, and this paper never warps or wrinkles from it. I get lots of reviews from costumers that are amazed by the quality of this paper. They are pleasantly surprised by the “museum quality”. I am getting more return buyers and I know it is partly due to this paper.
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Love it!
Art Of Filip
Love paper, amazing for B&W prints and it makes my paintings look amazing! Occasionally I found a batch to have hidden marks if you print flat black surface but support was quick to help and resolve the issues. Wish there were more sizes though, for instance 5x5 which is common for artist to use on small prints.
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Great Paper. Slightly Too Thick.
Ryan Simpson
This paper is very good. The only issue is that it is slightly too thick and tends to want to warp and bow. The 60 lb. option of the Polar Matte is slightly too thin and can more easily bends and crinkle. I wish this paper was available somewhere in the 70 lb. range and it would be pretty perfect.
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Amazing for art prints!
I cannot deal with how great this paper is. Amazon stopped stocking my favorite paper, so I was looking for something new. And oh man... the black ink prints SO CRISP. LORDT, it's amazing I will be staying with this company for sure.
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Great for custom postcards
Nick Schroeder
I make limited edition custom postcards from my photos and vintage images that I've collected. The 88# Polar Matte is a great weight for postcards and produces great images. I've printed color, sepia and B&W images and they all look great. Nice rich blacks.
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Stereo Card Superstar!
Dan Krecklow
I produce 3.5 x 7" stereo views and I finally found my paper! The thickness almost replicates the feel of old stereo cards perfectly and the matte finish eliminates glare and reflections. I originally ordered 5x7 cards to print in my Pixma Pro-100 but the rear feed doesn't accommodate them (too small) so I just reordered in full sheets and will print several per sheet and cut them down.
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96lb matte paper

The 96lb matte paper was perfect for my greeting cards! I am so sad that it has been changed to 88lb instead. I will try it anyway. But had finally found something I really loved...
Amber - 09/26/2013
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