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Best Inkjet Paper for Water, Snow and Ice


© Laurie Excell - Red River Paper PRO

Getting the right look from your water, snow, and ice images can be a challenge. Once you get the exposure and angle just right, you will want to show off your hard work. This brief article is here to help you quickly find the right paper to print these types of images.

Glossy and photo metallic inkjet papers add sharpness and reflective punch. This boost in reflectivity can be beneficial when your image includes shimmering water or glistening ice. The paper's shade is important because it sets the tone for all of your whites. Arctic Polar Gloss is a brilliant cool-white while Polar Pearl Metallic has a definitive warm tone. Use warmer tone papers in scenes dominated by Earth tones and darker waters.

Matte inkjet papers allow for maximum detail appreciation while toning down punch and saturation. Icy and snowy scenes benefit from matte printing because they often include more highlights than shadow. You will be able to fully appreciate any details because matte paper lacks reflectivity, even when viewed under bright light. As a bonus, Polar Matte's bold, bright tone sets the perfect white point for your print.

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

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

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