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High quality, fine arts, archival images output by inkjet printers - using premium inks and papers - are sometimes called Giclee (zhe-clay) prints by galleries and museums that display them. Today, the term Giclee has become synonymous with inkjet printing done by and for artists demanding the ultimate quality for reproduction of their works. Regardless of what you call your art prints, Red River Paper has the finest selection of papers for the job. You'll find virtually any size you need, the right surface texture for your style, and prices that make art prints more affordable and profitable.

Let's find the right paper for you in a hurry! We have some quick suggestions that you are going to love and then helpful shopping options if you're ready to explore. Have questions? Contact us and an inkjet expert will get back quick with answers.

The No Worry Paper Choices

Aurora Art White 285

Aurora is a 100% cotton art paper with a semi-smooth surface - often referred to as Hot Press or Vellum. Aurora White features a brighter white shade for bold colors, deep blacks, and smooth tonal transitions.

  • Surface: Semi-Smooth (Hot Press)
  • Made From: 100% Cotton rag
  • Paper Tone: White
  • Paper Weight: 285gsm (80lb.)
  • Thickness: 18 mil
  • Optical Brighteners: Minimal
Polar Matte

Without question, Polar Matte is the top performing photo matte you can find. Smooth surface, no reflections, excellent color gamut. Red River's Polar Matte raises the bar for imaging excellence. This paper brings you professional quality in every sense of the meaning.

  • Paper Tone: Bold Bright White
  • Paper Weight: 60lb (229gsm)
  • Thickness: 10 mil
  • Reverse Side: Plain paper
  • Compatible: Any inkjet printer
Palo Duro Etching 315

Palo Duro Etching 315 is high-performance textured cotton paper available in many sizes. It gives you the classic look of a fine watercolor paper. The surface adds just the right amount of texture and will not distract from the details. This OBA-free archival paper is ideal for museum quality and conservation grade prints.

  • Surface: Textured matte
  • Made From: 100% Cotton rag
  • Paper Tone: Natural (warmer) white
  • Paper Weight: 315gsm (84lb)
  • Thickness: 21 mil

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High quality, fine arts, archival images output by inkjet printers - using premium inks and papers - are sometimes called Giclee (zhe-clay) prints by galleries and museums that display them. Today, the term Giclee has become synonymous with inkjet printing done by and for artists demanding the ultimate quality for reproduction of their works.

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