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Metallic Inkjet Photo Paper


The amazing look of photo lab metallic for your inkjet printer.

Red River Paper was the first to introduce photo metallic inkjet paper to the market in 2010. These papers have the same benefits as their photo lab equivalents. Your images will take on a brilliant, almost luminescent quality. Everything from airplanes to flowers will look bolder, more saturated, and more real. Discover for yourself why Red River Paper's photo metallic paper is the choice of professionals and enthusiasts around the world. Photo metallics are compatible with any inkjet printer and require no special equipment, inks, or finishing techniques to achieve the metallic effect.

Polar Gloss Metallic 255

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

Polar Luster Metallic 255

The new Polar Luster Metallic gives you the unique metallic look with a classic luster surface. (Combine our Arctic Polar Luster with Polar Gloss Metallic 255)

  • Satin Texture: Deep
  • Paper Tone: Metallic pearl
  • Paper Weight: 255gsm (66lb)
  • Thickness: 10.4mil

Polar Gloss Metallic 255 and Polar Luster Metallic 255 are part of Red River Paper's line of products that represent the absolute state-of-the-art in photo inkjet papers.

Color profiles are available for your printer in Red River's color profile library.
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  • Metallic photo inkjet paper (the look of photo lab metallic glossy and luster prints)
  • Compatible with any inkjet printer
  • 255gsm weight (66lb.) and 10.4 mil thickness
  • Warm tone for pleasing color reproduction
  • Acid free base stock. Coating slightly acidic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Polar Metallic papers work with pigment ink printers?

Yes. We've tested the paper with all pigment based inkjet printers dating back to the Epson 2200. Newer machine are virtually flawless on this surface. Older pigments such as the original Epson UltraChrome™ also show remarkably little pigment artifacts such as bronzing and gloss differential.

What is the surface like?

If you've never seen a photo lab metallic print you will likely enjoy the look. Think of a high gloss or luster surface with a pleasing slightly warm tone. Overall, images have a glow almost like light is coming from the paper. Now imagine that the solid colors and white space in your image take on an extra effect that mixes metallic hints and pearlescent colorful reflections.

Is this like photo lab paper?

Yes, Polar Metallic papers are photobase media with a micro porous coating. It feels like a contemporary photo lab print.

Are their any markings on the back of the paper?

No. All Red River Papers are without markings or logos.

Can I print on the back of Polar Metallic papers?

No, the backside will not accept inkjet ink. We do not recommend writing with pen as the pressure could create marks on the front of the sheet.

What types of images look good on this surface?

Polar Metallic papers will add luminescence and depth to any image. Images with solid colors, reflections, and negative space (whites) will look especially stunning on this new paper.

Here are some examples. Each has notations about parts of the image that would look particularly interesting on the Metallic surface.

© Paul Gleiser

Neutral whites, reflection behind statue, stone mid-tones in the background

© Shelly Katz

Brilliant color and water reflections

White dress, water, clouds and sky

© Laurie Excell

Snow and water reflections


© Joseph Victor Stefanchik

Lots of mid tones, bright colors, wedding dress