How to Choose the Right Printing Paper

As printing technology improves, so does the number of options you have when it comes to choosing the right printing paper for your project. For example, there’s paper with different weights, brightness, opacity, finishes, coating, textures, and more.

This leads many people to ask the obvious question…

Why Does The Type of Printing Paper Even Matter?

Well, different types of paper will be better suited for different projects. For example, for letterheads and reports, simple text paper will work just fine.

However, if you try to use the same type of paper for, say, a business card, it will be one flimsy business card!

Also, certain projects like signage and banners often need to be optimized for outdoor use. This requires different materials compared to similar things that will only be used indoors.

What are The Different Types of Printing Paper?

Printing paper varies in several different ways:

Weight – printing paper is available in a range of different weights. The thicker each piece of paper is, the heavier and more durable it will be. Paper is typically measured in pounds per 500 sheets. Bond paper is usually the lightest type of paper (16-20 lbs.) while cover stock is generally the heaviest and most durable (65+ lbs.).

Opacity – opacity refers to the level of transparency in the paper. For example, you’ve probably noticed that tracing or copying paper is slightly translucent. This makes it easier to copy documents by hand and can also be used for certain types of art.

Brightness – printing paper is available in all kinds of different shades and brightnesses. This is measured on a scale from 1-100. 100 is the brightest shade of paper you can select. In addition to brightness, you can also select different shades. For example, instead of being exclusively white, your paper might have a cream coloured tinge to it.

Finishes – not all paper is created equal. There are many different types of finishes you can choose from. Of course, the fancier the finish, the more it will cost. You may select smooth, embossed, metallic, coated, cockle, and many other different finishes for printing paper.

Coating – you’ve probably noticed that the paper in magazines and some brochures is often much more glossy and smooth compared to the paper found in a book. This is because these types of paper can have different coatings that affect how the paper feels and how colours appear on it. The type of coating on the paper will also play a role in determining how much light will be reflected or absorbed by the paper.

Need Help Selecting the Right Printing Paper?

Budget Printing has been providing commercial printing services in Edmonton for years. Their team of expert staff will help you select the exact printing paper needed to make your project a success.

They provide a range of printing services including 3D foil and 3D spot UV printing, banners, signage, T-shirts, and much more! Contact them today to learn more about how they can help with your printing needs.

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