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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

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.

  • Surface: Satin medium texture
  • Tone: Bright white
  • Weight: 68lb. / 270 gsm
  • Thickness: 10.4 mil

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.

  • Surface: Glossy
  • Tone: Bright White
  • Weight: 68lb. / 270 gsm
  • Thickness: 10.4 mil

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.

  • Surface: Satin deep texture
  • Tone: Bold Bright White
  • Weight: 290 gsm /  75lb.
  • Thickness: 11.8 mil

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.

  • Surface: Satin shallow texture
  • Tone: Warmer white
  • Weight: 255 gsm / 66lb.
  • Thickness: 10.4 mil

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.

  • Surface: Glossy photo metallic
  • Tone: Warm
  • Weight: 255 gsm / 66lb.
  • Thickness: 10.4 mil

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.

  • Surface: Smooth matte
  • Tone: Bright white
  • Weight: 60lb. / 230 gsm
  • Thickness: 10 mil

Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag 315

Made from 100% cotton fiber 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.

  • Surface: Lightly textured semi-gloss
  • Tone: Neutral white
  • Weight: 315 gsm
  • Thickness: 16.5 mil

Big Bend Baryta 310

Big Bend Baryta offers all the rich tonality, depth, and feel of a traditional darkroom print. The paper has a elegantly smooth finish and subtle reflectivity.

  • Surface: Smooth semigloss finish
  • Tone: Warm
  • Weight: 310 gsm
  • Thickness 12 mil

Palo Duro Baryta Fiber 300

Palo Duro Baryta Fiber is a pleasant neutral white semi-gloss that adds natural richness to portraits and landscapes. Black & White images benefit from Palo Duro'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.

  • Surface: Smooth semi-gloss finish
  • Tone: Neutral white
  • Weight: 300 gsm
  • Thickness: 13.8 mil

Aurora Art White 300®

Aurora White is a 100% cotton fiber, semi-smooth (hot press) fine art and photography paper. Aurora White features a brighter white shade for crisp color tones, semi-smooth surface, an acid-free base stock and coating. Made in the USA.

  • Surface: Hot Press (semi-smooth)
  • Tone: White
  • Weight: 300 gsm
  • Thickness: 18 mil

Aurora Art Natural 300®

Aurora Natural is a 100% cotton fiber, semi-smooth (hot press) fine art photo paper. Aurora Natural features a warmer shade that brings elegance and nuance to your photography and art prints. If you're looking for a museum grade cotton paper in the industry standard 300gsm weight, this is the paper for you! Made in the USA.

  • Surface: Hot Press (semi-smooth)
  • Tone: Warm White
  • Weight: 300 gsm
  • Thickness: 18 mil

Blanco Matte 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.

  • Surface: Matte canvas
  • Tone: Warm white
  • Weight: 400 gsm
  • Thickness: 21 mil