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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. Its surface look and feel reminds many of the traditional F-Type print. This OBA-free archival paper is ideal for museum-quality and conservation grade photographic prints. We think that Ansel Adams would be stunned by the emotional power of a Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag print.

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museum grade inket photo paper

Reviews for Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag®

My Choice for Fine Art Paper
Steve Dell
02/17/2020
I print both with an Epson P800 and an Epson 3800. I planned to have the 3800 do all of the Matte Ink (MK) printing and the P800 do all the conventional PK ink printing. I spoke to Red River recently and asked them if they had a fine art paper that used Photo Black (PK) inks. Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag was their recommendation. I just started experimenting with this paper and couldn't be happier. Colors are spot on and the tonality for B&W is superb. The texture and hand feel are wonderful. Nothing special was required for printing this paper with my P800. More importantly, my clients love it too!!
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Palo Duro Softgloss Rag is my go-to Exhibition Paper
Michael B
01/10/2020
Palo Duro Softgloss Rag is my go-to paper for exhibition printing. It's museum quality, which is of extreme importance to me, while having the look and feel of old fiber based semi-gloss F surface paper from my darkroom printing days. Black & white prints really pop with good contrast and deep blacks (depending on your printer) and color prints look great too. The look and tactile sensation of this paper is amazing. It is just slightly warm but if you are not directly comparing it to something else you wouldn't know it wasn't bright white. Keep up the great work!
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Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag
Keith Zimmerman
07/20/2019
I have been using this incredible paper since it was introduced and absolutely love it. I particularly like the neutral white base and the deep blacks I get with my Epson P600. Almost all of my color work is night photography and my prints look amazing.
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Love It
Matthew Sarratt
06/21/2019
I absolutely love this paper! Monochrome images are outstanding on this paper.
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Beautiful finish
Stephen Organ
05/29/2019
This is a paper with substantial weight and a beautiful finish that produces deep rich colors. I use this when looking for deep saturated prints.
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seeing the trxture
david contreras
05/20/2019
I see the texture of the paper when I touch it. It's as personal as it gets for me when this happens with fine art printing papers. Sumimasen, I have to return to my printing.
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Vibrant Game Changer!
DH
05/13/2019
I'm an artist + photographer printing with a Canon Pro-100. I've been searching for different papers that will reflect my work as it is on canvas. This paper prints both color and black beautifully and the feel of it is just as beautiful. Greatly appreciate the RRP profiles and printing suggestions for my specific printer - huge help with the waste of trial and error with some other papers!
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Exceptional semi-gloss rag paper
Jordan S.
04/24/2019
I've been a fan of Red River's papers for a while, but I'm also a huge fan of Canson's Platine Fibre Rag and their Rag Photographique (for matte printing). While I haven't tried RR's Palo Duro Smooth Rag (which I think may be comparable to Photographique), this Palo Duro Softgloss Rag is every bit as good as the Canson Platine Fibre Rag at significantly lower cost. In fact, they are so close, it honestly wouldn't surprise me if they were from the exact same mill. The paper is thick and heavy with a wonderful cotton rag feel, with a gorgeous semi-gloss finish with outstanding color and detail reproduction. Currently my go-to paper for about 80% of my printing (basically all non-matte printing).
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Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag Review
Mitchell Lusignan
04/18/2019
This paper looks and feels just like a traditional darkroom print! The texture is perfect. The semi-gloss of this paper doesn't give you that cheap reflective look of other semi-gloss papers. Fine art quality paper right here. This was a favorite in the fine art sample pack.
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My Favorite Paper

I recently launched a website to sell my naturescape/landscape photographs. After a lot of research, I purchased a Canon PIXMA Pro10 printer and a sampler pack from Red River. I also purchased a couple of other sampler packs to test as well. My favorite paper, and it looks like now, my go-to paper for most everything is the Palo Duro Soft Gloss Rag. The soft textured sheen is "Goldilocks" perfect for me. I'm also impressed with the weight of the paper and the fact that it is 100% cotton with no OBAs I took some photos of colorful rocks on a beach, and those are printed on the 75lb Arctic Polar Luster paper. Or if I have highly reflective images, like sunsets on the water, I'll use that paper as well. But most of the time, the Palo Duro works perfectly. As a side note- I'm new to the inkjet printing and paper world, and it's been a bit of a learning curve. The information that Red River includes on their website is helpfull for all levels of expertise, well thought-out, and answers most questions before we think to ask them. Most reviewers mention the great prices of the papers, and that seems to be true, especially when the papers you use are on sale.
CS - 06/26/2017
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Christine Walsh-Newton
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