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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 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. If you're looking for an archival grade cotton paper in the industry standard 300gsm weight, this is the paper for you!

  • 100% Cotton rag
  • 100% USA made
  • Cooler white tone - Minimal OBA content
  • Hot press / semi-smooth surface
  • Archival grade
  • 300gsm 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

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 300®

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

  • 100% Cotton rag
  • 100% USA made
  • Warmer white tone - No OBA content
  • Hot press / semi-smooth surface
  • Museum grade
  • 300gsm 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 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.

  • 100% cotton fiber
  • Lightly textured surface / semigloss coating
  • Deep blacks, smooth gray tones, true saturated colors
  • For fine photographic reproductions
  • 315gsm weight / 16.5 mil thickness