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Satin Luster Inkjet Photo Paper


The look and feel of traditional photo lab luster paper.

Our satin and luster inkjet photo papers print bright colors and sharp details on virtually any inkjet printer, including ones that use pigment inks. The textured satin and luster surfaces are what you've come to expect from traditional photo lab prints. Satin and luster texture lowers reflections and makes prints more resistant to handling. These are by far the best selling Red River inkjet photo papers.

Why is Luster / Satin so popular?

Handling– The light texture is great at resisting fingerprints, dirt, etc.

Viewing - The satin surface breaks up reflections and glare, making viewing from all angles easy.

Familiarity - Photo labs use this surface for most prints. A satin inkjet print looks and feels more like a "traditonal" photo to any viewer.

66lb. Arctic Polar Satin®

Arctic Polar papers are the highest performance photo inkjet papers you can buy. They set the bar for top quality microporous satin media.

  • Satin Texture: Shallow
  • Paper Tone: Bold Bright White
  • Paper Weight: 255gsm (66lb)
  • Thickness: 10.4mil

66lb. Palo Duro Satin

Warmer Tone Satin Paper

The warmer tone cousin of Arctic Polar Satin, Palo Duro is a wonderful choice for landscapes, portraits, and more.

  • Satin Texture: Shallow
  • Paper Tone: Warmer white
  • Paper Weight: 255gsm (66lb)
  • Thickness: 10.4mil

68lb. UltraPro Satin 4.0

UltraPro will capture the true depth and range of colors in your photography, and lets your inkjet printer perform to its maximum potential.

  • Satin Texture: Medium
  • Paper Tone: Bright White
  • Paper Weight: 270gsm (68lb)
  • Thickness: 10.4mil

UltraPro Luster 300

UltraPro Luster produces professional quality results and works with virtually any type of photographic subject. UltraPro Luster looks like traditional photo lab paper. Because it is heavier and thicker than a lab paper, your prints will feel more substantial and will resist handling wear.

  • Satin Texture: Deep
  • Paper Tone: Bold Bright White
  • Paper Weight: 300gsm (80lb)
  • Thickness: 11.6mil

UltraPro Satin Duo 255

This paper is double-sided and the satin surface works with virtually any image subject. UltraPro Satin Duo looks and feels just like traditional photo lab paper and is our most popular photo paper.

  • Satin Texture: Medium
  • Paper Tone: Bright white
  • Paper Weight: 255gsm (66lb.)
  • Thickness: 9.7 mil
  • Printable: Both sides

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

75lb. Arctic Polar Luster

Arctic Polar papers are the highest performance photo inkjet papers you can buy. Arctic Polar Luster is, by far, the finest luster texture paper on the market today. Its extra weight, extra thickness, and splendid "E-surface" photo texture will set your prints apart from the rest.

  • Satin Texture: Deep
  • Paper Tone: Bold Bright White
  • Paper Weight: 290gsm (75lb)
  • Thickness: 11.8mil

50lb. Arctic Polar Luster Double-sided

Medium weight double-sided luster for photo books, portfolios, and binding projects.

  • Satin Texture: Deep
  • Paper Tone: Bold Bright White
  • Paper Weight: 190gsm (50lb)
  • Thickness: 9 mil
  • Printable:Both sides

Quick Compare

Here's a snapshot comparison of our Satin Luster Inkjet Paper

UltraPro Satin

  • Most popular Red River Paper
  • Medium depth satin finish
  • Standard photo thickness 10.4 mil
  • Bright white / cool tone

Arctic Polar Satin

  • 5-Star top quality
  • Medium depth satin finish
  • Standard photo thickness 10.4 mil
  • Brilliant white / colder tone

Palo Duro Satin

  • For those who favor more naturalistic look
  • Medium depth satin finish
  • Standard photo thickness 10.4 mil
  • Bright white / warmer tone

Arctic Polar Luster

  • Deep luster finish
  • Extra weight and thickness 11.8 mil
  • CBrilliant white / colder tone
  • 5-Star top quality

A Closer Look

Each paper has a slightly different e-surface texture depth. The photos below try to illustrate the differences; each photo was converted to black and white to help enhance the texture of each paper. The more pronounced the texture surface and depth, the more you will be able to see the texture when viewing the print up close; at long distances, the texture is not observable. Generally, more texture means less reflection and glare. Papers with shallow surface texture, such as Arctic Polar Satin, are still much less glossy than gloss papers.

UltraPro Satin 4.0®Arctic Polar Satin®
UltraPro Satin 4.0 ctic Polar Satin
Arctic Polar Luster®Palo Duro Satin®
Arctic Polar Luster Palo Duro Satin
Paper NameUltraPro Satin®Arctic Polar Satin®Palo Duro Satin®Arctic Polar Luster®
QualityAs good as major retail brandsBetter than retail brandsBetter than retail brandsExceeds lab quality
Weight270 gsm (68lb)255 gsm (66lb)255 gsm (66lb)300 gsm (75lb)
Thickness10.4 mil10.4 mil10.4 mil11.8 mil
Paper ShadeBright white (cool tone)Bright white (cool tone)Bright white (warm tone)Bright white (cool tone)
Printer CompatibilityUniversalUniversalUniversalUniversal
Printer CompatibilityUniversalUniversalUniversalUniversal
Markings on BackNoNoNoNo
Water Resistant?YesYesYesYes
RollsYesYesYesYes

Compare to Retail Brand Satin / LusterPhoto Papers

Red River satin and luster photo papers are as good as or better than the major retail brands like Epson, Canon, and HP. We buy our papers from some of the same sources as the big names. The difference is that Red River brings the paper direct to you with only one stop on the way from the paper mill - our manufacturing facility in Dallas, Texas. Photo satin / luster papers like UltraPro Satin and Arctic Polar Satin, and Arctic Polar Luster save you up to 40% over retail prices and offer the same performance as you've come to expect from the retail names.

Satin and luster photo paper from Red River Paper is carefully chosen to meet not only our standards, but yours as well. We test our papers with many, if not all of, the printer models available from Epson, Canon, and HP.

Compare our quality, service, support, and shipping speed and you will love buying photo satin luster paper from Red River.

Comparison Chart

If you are using these papers Red River photo satin luster media will work for you.

Retail Brand Red River Suggested Replacement
Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper™
(Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster)

UltraPro Satin® - Most likely to replace Epson PLPP
Palo Duro Satin - Closest to Epson shade

Epson Premium Semigloss™ UltraPro Satin®
Ilford Gallery Smooth Pearl™
UltraPro Satin®
Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi Gloss™ UltraPro Satin® or Arctic Polar Satin®
Canon Satin Photographic Paper™ - 240gsm Arctic Polar Satin®
Canon Heavyweight Satin Photographic Paper™ - 300 gsm

Arctic Polar Luster®

HP Premium Plus Photo Paper Soft Gloss™ Arctic Polar Satin®
Using another brand? Contact us and we will suggest a replacement.  

Uses for Satin Luster Photo Inkjet Paper

High quality photo prints

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

Snapshots

For every day photo printing, look to satin photo paper. Photo labs traditionally use satin printing paper to make sure many different images look great. Red River satin photo papers come in 4x6 and 5x7 sheets for your snapshot printing.

Photo books

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

The best way to familiarize yourself with various satin 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.