A few days ago I told you that I received a sample pack of the new metallic paper from Red River Paper. Well since then I have had a chance to make some prints and I have to tell you that it is pretty amazing. I’m not sure how they do it but this stuff has the same look as the Kodak metallic paper but it’s made for inkjet printers. I did several test printss using different printers including an Epson 2200 and my favorite, the Epson Stylus Photo 2880 and the results were amazing.
So here’s the thing with printing on metallic paper, you really need the right type of image to bring out the best in your print. Metallic paper really works best on images with a lot of visual impact like race cars or architecture or lots of vibrant colors. These types of images just seem to pop off the paper. What I would probably not use it on is portraits or soft subjects. It’s really not the paper for your puppy pictures. Here’s the image that I used for my test prints.
The colors printed with amazing vibrance and the metallic surface gave amazing depth to the image. So here’s the details on the Polar Pearl Metallic, it is available in a huge variety of cut sheet sizes, including many of the old US standards like 8×10 and 11×14 all the way up to 17″x25″. Roll sizes aren’t available yet but the web site states that 17″, 24″ and 42″ rolls will be available soon. As for the price, you’ll find that it runs a little more than a buck a print for standard 8.5×11 sheets. That’s pretty consistent with other manufacturers specialty papers.
So here’s the bottom line, if you have a good printer and you want excellent looking metallic prints at about 1/3 the price of one that was commercially printed I think you will be extremely pleased with Red River’s Polar Pearl Metallic. You can find out more information on Polar Pearl, including paper profiles and printer settings on the Red River Paper website.