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Satin Luster Inkjet Photo 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.


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Compare to retail brand satin photo papers


Better Quality

Year after year, these are our best selling photo satin and luster papers.

68lb. UltraProSatin® 4.0 - The Top Selling Red River Paper

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

A relative of our best seller, UltraPro Satin, this paper features a deep luster texture to enhance your prints without being a distraction. 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


UltraProSatin® Duo 255

Make UltraPro Satin Duo 255 your go-to photo paper for books, portfolios, and high-end presentations. You can print the professional photo quality on both sides.

  • Paper Weight: 255gsm (66lb.)
  • Thickness: 9.7 mil
  • Printable: Both sides


The Best Quality

Without question, these are the finest photo luster and satin papers on Earth. Red River Paper applies our expertise in photo papers and our deep connections to the photo industry to bring you products without equal.

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


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


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: 266gsm (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: 266gsm (66lb)
  • Thickness: 10.4mil


50lb. Arctic Polar Luster® Double-sided

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

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


UltraPro Satin® Photo Board

A 4-ply grade mat board with UltraPro Satin no top.

  • Paper Weight: 1000gsm
  • Thickness: 1.3mm (0.052")
  • Paper Tone: Bold Bright White
  • Printable: Single sided


Photo Satin Photo Luster Inkjet Papers by Red River Paper

Red River inkjet photo satin looks and feels like traditional luster, e-surface, or pearl photo lab paper. UltraPro and Arctic Polar are resin coated, photobase inkjet paper with an elegant photo satin finish. This surface features a light texture. Our satin / luster photo inkjet papers print bright colors and ultra sharp details on virtually any inkjet printer, including ones that use pigment inks. Satin / luster photo paper is a top choice when you are printing portraits, landscapes, and images where you do not want high amounts of reflection. The luster finish helps break up direct light reflection and thus makes for less glare.

Comparison of the three Red River satin photo papers

UltraPro Satin

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

Arctic Polar Satin

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

Palo Duro Satin

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

Arctic Polar Luster

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


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.


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.






Our top selling satin / luster - save up to 50% over similar retail papers
Warm tone paper with a shallow depth luster finish
Brilliant blue white with shallow depth luster finish
Extra weight, thickness, and deep luster finish

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