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Find out Which are the Best Paper for Art Prints and Artists


Find the best inkjet paper to print your artwork, designs, and more

High quality, fine arts, archival images output by inkjet printers - using premium inks and papers - are sometimes called Giclée (zhe-clay) prints by galleries and museums that display them. Today, the term Giclée 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.

Three categories of paper for art prints

As a rule, art print papers are matte, cotton rag, or canvas. Red River Paper offers you the best quality products available today. We source from the top paper mills on Earth - the same mills that make Epson, Canon, and other top big name brands. The secret is that we always pick the best the mills have to offer. Next we sell direct. This means lower prices, better selection, and absolutely superior service.

Start below with our list of our most popular art print options. Questions? Contact Red River Paper. We will help you with paper choice, printer selection, technical support, and just about anything else where we can point you the right direction.

Sheets and Rolls

With Red River Paper, you can choose from a wide assortment of sheet and roll sizes for your art prints. Most papers come in sheets from 4x6 up to 17x25. Rolls are available in 17", 24", and 44" widths and are compatible with any Epson, Canon, or HP wide format printer.

Looking for an inkjet printer? See our top recommended printers for art printing.

Read our Blog article, Sell Your Images at Art Fairs for helpful tips and insight from an experienced art fair artist.

60lb. Polar Matte®

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
  • Optical Brighteners: Yes
  • Reverse Side: Plain paper suitable for writing or printing text and light graphics

47lb. Premium Matte

The "perfect" poster weight paper, 47lb. Red River Premium Matte has a smooth, bright white finish that produces brilliant color and sharp detail on any printer.

  • Paper Tone: Bright White
  • Paper Weight: 47lb (176gsm)
  • Thickness: 8.5 mil
  • Optical Brighteners: Yes
  • Reverse Side: Plain paper suitable for writing or printing text and light graphics

60lb. River Linen

A coated matte paper with an elegant linen finish, River Linen's surface adds just the right level of texture to your images without interfering with details.

  • Paper Tone: Bright White
  • Paper Weight: 60lb (230gsm)
  • Thickness: 10 mil
  • Optical Brighteners: Yes
  • Reverse Side: Plain paper suitable for writing or printing text and light graphics

Aurora Art White 250 / Aurora Art White 285

Semi-smooth, 100% cotton rag when you want to add that special touch to your art prints. Aurora is available in two weights. The 250 version is considered a medium weight while the 285 version is a true heavyweight. The lighter version is easier to feed in most inkjer ptiners.

  • Surface: Semi-Smooth (Hot Press)
  • Paper Tone: White
  • Paper Weight: 64lb. (250gsm) or 72lb. (285gsm)
  • Thickness: 13.5 mil or 18 mil
  • Optical Brighteners: Minimal

Aurora Art Natural 250 / Aurora Art Natural 285

Semi-smooth, 100% cotton rag, warm tone paper when you want to add that special touch to your art prints. Aurora is available in two weights. The 250 version is considered a medium weight while the 285 version is a true heavyweight. The lighter version is easier to feed in most inkjer ptiners.

  • Surface: Semi-Smooth (Hot Press)
  • Paper Tone: Warm natural white
  • Paper Weight: 64lb. (250gsm) or 72lb. (285gsm)
  • Thickness: 13.5 mil or 18 mil
  • Optical Brighteners: None

Palo Duro Etching 315®

Palo Duro Etching 315 gives you the classic look of a fine watercolor paper. The surface adds just the right amount of texture to your print and will not distract from the details you worked so hard to capture. This OBA-free archival paper is ideal for museum quality and conservation grade prints. The Palo Duro line of papers represent the absolute best quality inkjet media.

  • Surface: Non-reflective Etching surface has a texture. This surface also called Cold Press or Velvet
  • Paper Tone: Natural white
  • Paper Weight: 315gsm
  • Thickness: 21 mil
  • Optical Brighteners: None

68lb. UltraPro Satin® 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: 68lb (270gsm)
  • Thickness: 10.4mil

Best Inkjet Printers for Art Prints

Pigment Inkjet Printers

If your goal is long term print display or maximum possible print life, pigment inks are necessary. Pigment colorants are typically more stable than dye colorant over time. This stability comes at some price; Pigment inks tend to reproduce a smaller color gamut verses dye ink. In addition, pigment ink prints are more prone to handling damage, especially with matte and fine art media.

Canon Pro-1000

  • 11 Colors + Chroma Optimizer
  • Uses sheets 4" x 6" up to 17" x 25.5" sheets
  • Ink Cost - About $59.99 per tank 
  • Street price $1299

In Brief: The PRO-1000 is a professional and pro consumer level photo / fine art inkjet printer. It has a reliable paper feed system for a wide variety of paper surfaces.

Canon Pro-1000

Epson SureColor P700

  • Ten color pigment inks (including violet ink)
  • Uses sheets 3.5" x 5" up to 13" x 550"
  • 13" roll capability
  • Street price $799

In Brief: The P700 is a "strong buy" for photo & fine art printing needs, especially for those who enjoy black & white printing.

Epson P700

Epson SureColor P400

  • Eight color pigment photo printer
  • Uses sheets 4" x 6" up to 13" x 44"
  • 13" roll capability
  • Street price $500

In Brief: Equipped with a gloss optimizer cartridge, satin, luster, photo metallic, and glossy media truly pop with this printer.

Epson P400

Dye Inkjet Printers

Dye based printers are designed for best possible color saturation and paper compatibility. While modern dye inks are remarkably fade resistant, you would not count on this technology if long-term print display is your goal. Dye printers are a great choice when print speed, broad paper compatibility, and bold color critical. They are quite popular for note card printing as well as graphic arts and business needs.

Canon PRO-100

  • 8 color printer dye based photo and fine art printer
  • Uses sheets 4" x 6" up to 13" x 26.61"
  • Street price $399 - REBATE OFTEN AVAILABLE

In Brief: Robust, fast, and reliable, the PRO-100 is the Ferrari of dye based inkjet printers.

Canon PRO-100

Epson XP-15000

  • 6 color printer dye based photo printer
  • Uses sheets 4" x 6" up to 13" x 44"
  • Street price $299

In Brief: Perhaps the best color gamut and accuracy of any inkjet printer available.

Epson XP-15000

Read our Blog article, Sell Your Images at Art Fairs for helpful tips and insight from an experienced art fair artist.

Questions? Contact Red River Paper. We will help you with paper choice, printer selection, technical support, and just about anything else where we can point you the right direction.