A Short Guide to Printer Paper

When it comes to printing, there are different needs and requirements for every single job. It is never just a straightforward case that there is one type of paper that suits all needs, and this is why it is so important to choose a relationship with an expert printing company that understands your project, your budget and can provide you with specific examples of different paper types and sizes of paper that will work best for your specific needs. Here, we take a look at different types of paper and how they are best used for different purposes. It could help you decide on the best printing company to choose for your next project.

If you do have a specific job in mind where you need paper, you’ll be most likely choosing between the following paper types for the task at hand.

Standard printer paper – inkjet printer paper is the type of standard paper that is used with inkjet printers. Within this, you’ll find photo paper, glossy paper, as well as inkjet variants of the paper that work best for business card printing and greetings cards. Laser printer paper alternatively, is best used for laser printers and is used for business uses mostly, such as labels for mail, business documents and cheques.

Bright white – this type of paper is smooth and non-textured and is ideal for double-sided printing of a high quality without worrying about the ink showing through.

Matte – matte paper is a popular paper type and allows for fast drying of ink, making it a functional printer paper where speed is of the essence.

Card – stronger and sturdier paper that is used for postcards, business cards, scrapbooks and other items where there is a need for some durability.

Glossy – paper that is traditionally used where photographs, images and colour is to be printed, allowing for a higher clarity of image than you would achieve with matte paper for instance.

Aside from the type of paper you have to consider the size of the paper required, with most people aware of the A sizes and most printers only able to print a certain number of sizes, with A4 the most commonly used for everyday tasks, whilst A3 and larger requiring large-format printers, and smaller sizes great for promotional flyers and smaller items. Paper weight is also an important part of the process, as the heavier the weight of the paper, the thicker it will be and the more durable it is. 

Whatever your specific printing needs, it is always best to seek out expert advice and guidance. It is not as simple as just always using the basic paper that you have in the office to print off something you need. In some cases, it could be that you require a sturdier paper for different types of marketing materials, or textured paper for an artistic project. There is no shame in not knowing about different types of paper and to ask for advice from experts in the field. They are there for a reason and can help you use the correct paper for any type of project you are working on. It will make a massive difference to your success overall.

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