With so many options available for online paper printing, it can be a little tricky to choose the right kind of paper or stock your product needs. To help you understand the lingo, we’ve put together a straightforward paper printing guide that explains the various options and how to print on particular kinds of paper.
Types of Paper:
We provide the following varieties of paper printing:
Silk Paper Printing
Traditionally, this incredibly thin silk-coated paper has been utilized for low-cost magazine and sales brochure printing in an effort to reduce costs. For further safety, we suggest coating it with a thicker cover!
The best paper for printing inexpensive flyers is this lightweight variety. Its silk coating gives it a subtle gloss, and its thickness is like a takeout menu. This is perfect if you want to print flyers and pamphlets in large quantities to distribute to clients in your neighborhood.
Typically, 170gsm silk is chosen for short-term poster printing since it is slightly thicker than a cheap flyer. Although the characteristic lustrous finish associated with silk stocks is still present on this stock, we advise framing posters produced on it to preserve their best quality because of its thinness.
Similar in thickness to a paperback book cover, this paper is a great midweight option for paper printing, despite being slightly thicker. It’s ideal for distributing information about sales, promotions, and even club nights.
This card stock works really well for printing high-quality flyers. Aside from being traditionally used for greeting cards, its thickness allows you to create free-standing folded menus. Nonetheless, we suggest using this stock for a variety of marketing materials, such as coupons, for high-end brands.
Our premium business cards, which are our most recognizable print item, are among the thick cards made from our thickest silk stock. This robust card is the ideal choice for prints you want your customers to have for a long time because it won’t bend or break easily.
Uncoated Paper Printing
This paper is thin and uncoated, similar to what you would use in your home office printer. The lack of a silky finish has made the paper somewhat rough to the touch and porous, which makes it extremely absorbent and writable.
Compared to the 90gsm option, the slightly thicker 120gsm uncoated stock provides less transparency. Because of its more upscale appearance and feel, this makes it a popular option for printing resumes and business letterheads.
The thickness of the paper lies between a card and a paper which is perfect for high-quality flyers or even orders of service for weddings and funerals, where guests will cherish the print as a memento of the event.
Recycled Paper Printing
A substantial, uncoated sheet whose quality and absorbency of ink corresponds exactly to our traditional uncoated collection. Made entirely of recycled fibers, this slightly rough, writable paper is perfect for a variety of printed goods, such as greeting cards, business cards, and flyers.
Creative Paper Printing
This natural brown paper stock has a distinct earthy texture and is strong and resistant to tearing, giving it the appearance of being handcrafted and rustic. Dark, blocky colors and shapes that contrast sharply with the background work best with this stock because of its innately dark shade.
350gsm Gold Dust
With this shimmering stock, you can subtly add sparkle to your print. Any color scheme is enhanced by the pearlescent gold reflection this option gives print designs. Ideal for metallic business cards and special greeting cards.
300gsm Accent Antique Magnolia
A beautifully textured, warm-colored card that exudes quality with its opulent matt finish. Exceptional wedding stationery and greeting cards can be made with this stock’s gorgeous pale cream color.
350gsm Conqueror Wove
Perfect for high-end stationery and cards, this thick stock has a gently woven texture, is bright white, and is uncoated for effortless writing. Because of its innately matt finish, your printed products will seem opulent.
270gsm Colorplan Bright White Stucco
This highly textured white stock gives any print item an additional dimension with its distinctive bumpy hammer effect. This has an amazing look and feel, which makes it especially striking when used as wedding and business stationery.
PVC Stocks Paper Printing
Exceptionally thick PVC stock with a tough, nearly gritty texture. This is a reliable option that is water-resistant, fade-resistant, and ideal for long-term outdoor banners!
500mic PVC/Latex Hybrid
Ultra strong and sturdy material with a scuff-resistant finish makes this stock a reliable option for print which you plan to use time and again.
Thin 220mic PVC works well for permanent interior posters, because it’s long-lasting and easy to clean. While not as durable as our 400mic option, this PVC stock option is still suitable for short-term outdoor posters.
This poster supply is made to last. It is extremely thick and has a slightly grainy texture. For long-term outdoor posters, we suggest 400mic PVC.
200mic Waterproof PVC
200mic waterproof synthetic stock is a long-lasting solution that can be cleaned and reused repeatedly. This is an ideal choice for eateries trying to cut back on single-use menus while maintaining hygienic standards!
Signage Stocks Paper Printing
3mm Composite Aluminium
This stock has a polyethylene core with an ultra-durable, corrosion-resistant aluminum sheet surrounding it on both sides. This material is ideal for long-term signage and works well for road signs and outdoor business signs.
Cardboard signs, when printed on 2000mic stock, are a great, more robust substitute for paper posters. They’re also an excellent option if you need to advertise a one-time-only deal because they’re recyclable.
This material is a white, fluted plastic. In addition to being weatherproof and lightweight, correx signage is entirely recyclable. It is typically used temporarily for building site safety messaging and estate agent signs. They could also be used as directional signs at athletic events like marathons.
3mm/5mm PVC Foam
A thin sheet of PVC foam board, commonly used for safety signs, banners, and cutouts. This material is not soft, despite its name; it is firm and rigid. It can be cut and have holes punched in it, and its weight facilitates transportation and installation.
0.85mm Magnetic Vinyl
This weatherproof, thin, and flexible magnetic stock is simple to affix to the side of your vehicle, van, or truck. Just peel it off for hassle-free removal.
If you select 350gsm or 450gsm stock and matt lamination, the following products can be enriched with our embellishments:
- Visiting cards
- Greeting cards
- Folded leaflets
- Flawlessly bound booklets
- Folders for presentations
This less expensive embellishment option involves applying a standard single layer of spot gloss to certain areas of your design, making your design almost flat on the card. This is a great way to add interest to your paper print, even if you are on a tight budget!
Raised Spot UV
This option will result in a double dose of spot gloss applied to your print, making the spot UV higher and noticeable. Due to its high visibility, this is the more expensive (and most preferred) choice.
Foiling is a finishing technique that involves binding a thin layer of metal (foil) to paper or card using heat, pressure, and glossy UV light. Foiling is frequently used for wedding stationery and premium business print to produce an eye-catching and superior finish.
Applying it to particular areas of a design instead of the entire thing allows you to use it to draw attention to text or logos set against a contrasting matt background.
Foil comes in the following color options:
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This excellent matte finish gives your print a soft, velvety feel. a popular finish that gives your print a polished, expert appearance.
Opposite of matt, this high-shine laminate is similar to the kind found on glossy magazine covers. This finish is highly reflective and adds brightness to colors, thus creating a visually striking effect.
Frequently utilized on novel covers, this opulent matt finish has a soft, almost peach-fuzz-like texture. This finish accentuates color, creating an opulent appearance and feel for your print.
A plastic film, antibacterial lamination is heated to be applied to your print. It has been found to eradicate 99% of bacteria and is specifically designed and tested to have surface protection qualities. This variety has a glossy, high-shine finish.
Our matt coating is an excellent choice if you want the advantages of an antibacterial finish without the glossy appearance!
We hope this comprehensive guide to paper printing helps you visualize the feel and appearance of your prints. Do you need further assistance selecting the ideal stock for you? Contact our team right now.
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