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Best Inkjet Paper for Black & White Printing

Best Papers for Black & White Photo Printing
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Recommended Papers for Black & White Printing

The choice of paper for black & white printing is subjective and personal. While there are guidelines for what "looks good" with grayscales, in the end the choice depends on your likes and needs.

Red River's line of Premium Photographic inkjet media includes a number of papers popular for black & white printing. While there are no black & white specific inkjet media on the market, some are better than others at the task.

68lb. UltraPro Satin

The Top Selling Red River Paper
If you print, you have to have UltraPro Satin in your paper inventory. It produces professional quality results and works with virtually any image. The UltraPro Satin looks and feels just like photo lab satin - a lightly textured surface that breaks up reflections and minimizes fingerprints.

  • Satin Texture: Medium
  • Paper Tone: Bright White
  • Paper Weight: 270gsm (68lb)
  • Thickness: 10.4mil

68lb. UltraPro Gloss 2.0

68lb. UltraPro Gloss prints vibrant colors and deep blacks with any inkjet printer. 10.4mil thickness gives your prints true photo lab quality. Compatible with any inkjet printer, this paper dries instantly for immediate quality and resistance to smears.

  • High gloss, smooth surface
  • Acid free base stock. Coating slightly acidic. (explain this)
  • There are no markings or logos on the back
  • Back of this product is not printable

75lb. Arctic Polar Luster

Arctic Polar papers are the highest performance photo inkjet papers you can buy. Arctic Polar Luster is, by far, the finest luster texture paper on the market today. Its extra weight, extra thickness, and splendid "E-surface" photo texture will set your prints apart from the rest.

  • Satin Texture: Deep
  • Paper Tone: Bold Bright White
  • Paper Weight: 300gsm (75lb)
  • Thickness: 11.8mil

Aurora Art White 285®

Aurora White is a 100% cotton rag, semi-smooth (hot press) professional fine art photo paper. This Aurora features a brighter white shade for crisp color tones, semi-smooth surface, an acid-free base stock and coating.

  • 100% Cotton rag
  • Cooler white tone
  • Hot press / semi-smooth surface
  • Archival grade
  • 285gsm weight / 18 mil thickness

60lb. Polar Matte

This Archival Matte 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.

  • our finest photo grade matte paper
  • universally compatible with dye and pigment inks
  • photo weight and thickness
  • acid free coating and paper stock
  • ultra smooth, white surface
  • outstanding ink holdout for wide color gamut and sharp detail

88lb. Polar Matte

88lb. Polar Matte Magna Card Stock is the heaviest and thickest photo matte stock on the market. Polar features a beautiful soft white printing surface with outstanding ink holdout capabilities.

  • 16 mil super heavy card stock
  • handles extreme ink coverage with no warping
  • our finest photo matte grade coating
  • acid free coating and paper stock
  • ultra smooth, white surface
  • plain paper back

66lb. Palo Duro Satin

Warmer Tone Satin Paper

The warmer tone cousin of Arctic Polar Satin, Palo Duro is a wonderful choice for landscapes, portraits, and more.

  • Satin Texture: Shallow
  • Paper Tone: Warmer white
  • Paper Weight: 255gsm (66lb)
  • Thickness: 10.4mil

Polar Gloss Metallic 255 Paper

Polar Gloss Metallic 255 is a truly unique inkjet paper that closely matches the look of photo lab metallic prints.

  • Anyone who wants the uniquely vibrant look of photo metallic
  • Images featuring metal, reflections, vibrant color, HDR
  • Stunning black & white photographic prints
  • Any inkjet printer

Aurora Art Natural 285®

Aurora Natural fine art paper is a 100% cotton rag, semi-smooth (hot press) photography inkjet paper. This Aurora featured a warmer shade that brings elegance and nuance to your photography and art prints.

  • 100% Cotton rag
  • Warmer white tone
  • Hot press / semi-smooth surface
  • Museum grade
  • 285gsm weight / 18 mil thickness

Palo Duro Baryta Fiber 300

Palo Duro Baryta Fiber is a pleasant neutral white semigloss that adds natural richness to portraits and landscapes. Black & White images also benefit from Palo Duro Baryta Fiber's deep blacks and exceptional contrast. It offers all of the rich tonality, depth, and feel of a traditional wet darkroom fiber fine art paper. It has a lightly textured semigloss surface, which adds depth and an elegant reflectivity to the finished print.

  • Semigloss texture with medium reflectivity
  • Made from 100% alpha-cellulose base stock
  • Neutral white paper tone.

Blanco Matte Inkjet Canvas

Blanco Matte Canvas is a fine woven canvas specially coated for inkjet printing. The results are simply stunning with rich colors and deep blacks.

  • Transforming photos into art on real canvas
  • Gallery wraps and flat mounts
  • Images with deep blacks and rich color

Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag 315

Made from 100% cotton rag and featuring a lightly textured soft gloss surface, Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag fine art paper gives you the classic look of a darkroom photographic print with the performance of modern inkjet technology.

  • The look and feel of original F-Type darkroom prints
  • Deep blacks, smooth gray tones, true saturated colors
  • Fine photographic reproductions – for sale or for display at home
  • Discerning print enthusiasts