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Glossy Photo Paper

Vibrant colors, deep blacks, and tack sharpness are the hallmarks of glossy photo papers. Inkjet glossy photo paper is a top choice when you are printing high contrast images or photos that demand the ultimate color density.

Glossy inkjet paper is characterized by a smooth, highly reflective surface. The photographic industry refers to glossy as the "F-Surface". High gloss paper can be extremely smooth (like a coated plastic), or it may have a very slight texture (typical on RC inkjet papers). This makes for more saturated colors and the ability to see sharp details. It's no wonder that high gloss inkjet paper has the highest D-Max (deepest black) of all inkjet media.

Papers Pros Demand & Enthusiasts Deserve

You now have access to some of the best photo inkjet paper on the market at prices well below retail brands. Get ready to print photos that will amaze your friends, family, and clients.

Glossy Photo Paper

68lb. UltraPro Gloss 2.0 Paper

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

Polar Gloss Metallic 255 Paper

Polar Gloss Metallic 255 is a 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

96lb. Pecos Gloss Photo Paper

96lb. Pecos River Gloss is the heaviest and thickest photo glossy stock on the market today. Pecos is one of a kind in North America - a super smooth pigment and dye friendly high gloss with a plain paper back.

  • Surface: Glossy
  • Tone: Bright White
  • Weight: 96lb. / 360 gsm
  • Thickness: 16 mil

86lb. Pecos River Gloss Duo Photo Paper

86lb. Pecos Gloss DUO is a double-sided, high gloss for brilliant photo reproduction with dye and pigment inks. Exclusive to Red River Paper, this is the heaviest, thickest, double-sided glossy for pigment and dye inks on the market.

  • Surface: Glossy - Double-sided
  • Tone: Bright White
  • Weight: 86lb. / 320 gsm
  • Thickness: 15 mil

60lb. Pecos River Gloss Photo Paper

Pecos River Gloss is the ideal glossy for greeting cards, note cards, and design presentations. Pecos products are the only gloss that works with dye and pigment ink and that has a plain, printable back.

  • Surface: Glossy
  • Tone: Bright White
  • Weight: 60lb. / 230 gsm
  • Thickness: 10 mil

42lb. Pecos River Gloss Inkjet Paper

The medium-light weight 42lb. Pecos River Gloss is a low cost premium glossy paper. You can use it for every day printing needs or special projects where you need premium quality printing and a light weight stock. For pigment and dye ink printers. Plain paper on the back for text and light graphics.

  • Surface: Glossy
  • Tone: Bright White
  • Weight: 42lb. / 155 gsm
  • Thickness: 7 mil

32lb. Premium Gloss Photo Paper

32lb. Premium Gloss is a lightweight, cast coated photo paper for inkjet printing. It has a plain paper back, suitable for printing text and light graphics.  This paper is for dye based ink only.

  • Suface: Glossy
  • Tone: Bright White
  • Weight: 32lb. / 120 gsm
  • Thickness: 5.5 mil

Inkjet Photo Gloss by Red River Paper

Red River inkjet photo gloss looks and feels like traditional glossy photo lab paper. UltraPro and Polar Gloss Metallic 255 are resin coated, photobase inkjet paper with a brilliant photo gloss surface. Our glossy photo inkjet papers print bright colors and ultra sharp details on virtually any inkjet printer, including ones that use pigment inks. Glossy photo paper is a top choice when you are printing high contrast images or photos that demand the ultimate color density. Gloss photo paper reflects the most amount of light, hence your eyes will see the most color saturation, density, and brightness.

  • variety of glossy photo inkjet papers
  • compatible with inkjet printers
  • the look and feel of traditional photo lab gloss
  • bright white shade
  • no markings on the back.
  • outstanding price and size selection
  • packs of 15, 25, 50, 100 sheets and more for most papers
  • letter size options and much more like 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10
Our UltraPro Gloss 2.0™ is a Perfect Replacement for the Following Papers
  • Epson Premium Gloss
  • Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy
  • Ilford Galerie Smooth Gloss
  • Ilford Glossy Photo
  • Canon Glossy Photo Paper
  • HP Premium Plus Glossy
  • HP Premium Paper Paper
  • Canon Platinum Pro Paper

Uses for Glossy Photo Paper

High quality photo prints

For your best images, consider glossy photo paper if your content has a high level of contrast or is highly saturated. The highly reflective surface yields brilliant color saturation and deep black density.


For every day photo printing, look to glossy photo paper. Photo labs traditionally use gloss printing paper to make sure many different images look great. UltraPro Gloss 2.0 comes in 4x6 and 5x7 sheets for your snapshot printing.

Photo books

Photo books have become very popular. Gloss paper is a good choice for single side page photo books. Photobase inkjet paper like UltraPro Gloss 2.0 withstands handling well and will work well for photo book projects of all sizes.


If you're portfolio contains high contrast black & white, deeply saturated commercial images, or work from a recent photo adventure, consider high gloss paper for your printing needs. Again, its ability to withstand handling makes UltraPro Gloss 2.0 a great candidate for the project.

The best way to familiarize yourself with various glossy paper is to try them by purchasing a small quantity. A good idea is to print something from each genre of your photo library to see how the media represents your work. Want to see some of our other papers? Visit our photo paper collection for more!