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Best Inkjet Paper for Landscape & Nature Printing


Paper Surfaces for Landscape and Nature Images

Detail is king in landscape or nature photography. We want the viewer to experience all of the wonderful detail and nuance of nature that was captured by our camera. The paper we choose needs to help in this pursuit and not create distraction.

We recommend matte, satin, luster, and semigloss media for landscapes and nature photography. Matte paper is usually smooth and always has very low reflective quality. Satin and luster papers have a light texture on a photobase substrate. You've undoubtedly seen the look from a photo lab print. The texture causes satin and luster papers to have lower reflection potential. Semigloss papers typically have a smooth surface with reflectance between that of glossy and matte. Limited or no reflection from a print will help the viewer to focus on the details of the image.

Paper Tonality

Inkjet papers can be classified as warm or cool tone. Cool papers are brighter white, while warm inkjet paper is a subtle natural white tone.

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The choice between warm and cool is subjective and will depend on the overall look desired for a print. Keep in mind that the tone of the paper sets your print's white point. Also, you will get better perceived contrast from a cooler white paper.

Images of natural settings and objects tend to favor warmer paper. Colors are more natural and less punchy. In contrast, a scene where you want the most contrast and cleanest whites (a snowy meadow) will benefit from a cooler tone inkjet paper.

Don't forget to try a Red River Paper sample kit so you can print and see which papers are your favorites.

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Exception to the Rule

Red River's Photo Metallic Papers are the inkjet equivalent of Kodak's Endura Metallic™. They have low optical brightener content making the paper tone an elegant warm white. This paper imparts a brilliant, almost luminescent look to your images with hints of pearlescent reflections.

The effect is to make bold colors in nature look even more vibrant. Images with lesser saturational become more powerful and assertive. Reflections, water, flowers, desertscapes, greens, and reds are particularily stunning on this unique inkjet paper.

Shop for Photo Metallic papers

68lb. UltraPro Satin 4.0

UltraPro will capture the true depth and range of colors in your photography, and lets your inkjet printer perform to its maximum potential.

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

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: 290gsm (75lb)
  • Thickness: 11.8mil

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

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

60lb. Paper Canvas

60lb. Paper Canvas offers the texture of canvas media and the flexible use of a paper stock.

  • paper with a canvas texture
  • compatible with dye and pigment inks
  • plain paper back
  • you can print text and graphic on the back
  • photo weight

Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag®

Made from 100% cotton rag and featuring a lightly textured soft gloss surface, Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag 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

Aurora Art White 285

Aurora White offers the look and feel of fine art 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
  • Minimal OBA content
  • Hot press / smooth surface
  • Acid free / Lignin free

Aurora Art Natural 285

Made using refined 100% cotton, Aurora Art Natural brings elegance, warmth, and nuance to your photography and art prints.

  • Those seeking the "fine art" look
  • Prints intended for long term display
  • Landscapes, portraits, warm tone black & white, art reproduction prints

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