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Metallic Photo Paper

Red River Paper was the first to introduce photo metallic inkjet paper to the market in 2010. Polar Gloss Metallic 255 the same benefits as its photo lab equivalent - a high gloss finish and a pearlescent base stock that yields an elegant iridescence in your images. This paper is compatible with any inkjet printer and requires no special equipment, inks, or finishing techniques to achieve the metallic effect.

Polar Gloss Metallic 255 (formerly 66lb. Polar Pearl Metallic)® (255gsm)

Polar Gloss Metallic 255 has a high gloss finish and a pearlescent base stock. Your images will take on an elegant iridescence. This truly unique inkjet paper closely matches the look of photo lab metallic prints. 4.8 stars, based on 815 reviews
  • Surface: Pearlescent glossy finish
  • Paper Weight: 66lb (255gsm)
  • Thickness: 10.4 mil

NEW! Polar Luster Metallic® 255

Polar Luster Metallic is a truly unique inkjet paper that closely matches the look of photo lab metallic prints. Polar Gloss Metallic 255 features the same aspects as its lab equivalent - an elegant luster (E-surface) finish on a pearlescent base stock that yields an stunning iridescence in your images.

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




Polar Gloss Metallic 255 is part of Red River Paper's line of products which 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.
Handling guide and FAQ click here

  • Metallic photo inkjet paper (the look of photo lab metallic glossy prints)
  • Compatible with any inkjet printer
  • 66lb. version 10.4 mil - 80lb. version 11.8 mil
  • Warm tone for pleasing color reproduction
  • Acid free base stock. Coating slightly acidic. (explain this)

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Polar Gloss Metallic 255 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 articfacts 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 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 Gloss Metallic 255 is a photobase media with a microporous 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 Gloss Metallic 255?

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 Gloss Metallic 255 will add luminance 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 particularily 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



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