Custom Book Printing
Based on the quality of print you want to take, you can choose from many types of printing paper available in the market. With so many options, it often becomes confusing to even identify which one to use for which purpose. Here is an article that will sort out this issue, and give you a summary of all the printing paper types available today. In addition to what is printed on a piece of paper, it is also equally important to make sure that it is printed on the right type of paper. If you are going to print an image, it is better to print it on glossy paper than on matte paper, to give it a professional look. Photographs need a glossy finish, which is difficult to achieve using matte paper. But at the same time, it is necessary to note that glossy paper faces the problem of glares and fingerprints, while matte does not. Let us see how many printing paper types are there to choose from.
When you order book printing with Image Printing, we have many paper types to choose from. Please read our guide to the different types and finishes of paper stock available.
Matte paper lacks the coating of clay provided to the glossy paper, leaving pores between the fibers of the paper, which is why it is lusterless. The effect of photographs printed on matte paper is dull. This type of paper is more porous, and due to increased capillary action as compared glossy paper, it absorbs the ink and makes it less concentrated than it looks on glossy paper. While this paper is not very suitable for printing photos, it is the best choice if you want to use it for the purpose of printing pamphlets without pictures. Due to the total absence of glare, it is convenient to read the print on this paper, while it is cumbersome to do so on glossy paper. As with glossy paper, matte paper too, has the following three types:
Premium-grade Matte Paper
Premium-grade type matte paper is the best type of matte paper out there, providing the least dispersion of ink, giving great results for the printed word, and is generally preferred for use in printing books.
Semi-matte paper is wedged between the silk coated and the glossy paper, as far as reflection is concerned. It is less than the glossy paper, but more than the satin coated paper.
Photo-quality Matte Paper
Photo quality matte papers are almost as good as glossy paper, only without the glaze and shine. The color reproduction and detail are pretty high quality, and they are cheaper than glossy paper.
Double-sided Matte Paper
Double-sided matte papers have high opacity and are resistant to fading. They can be used for crafts, non-glare photos, portfolios, calendars, bookmarks, etc., since the same quality photos can be printed on both sides of the paper.
80# Dull/matte text
This stock is finely coated with a non-gloss finish. It provides an excellent opaque base for easy to read, crisp typography. Standard Uses: Brochures, Newsletters, Catalog Inserts, and Flyers, etc.
100# Dull/Matte Text
Thicker and heavier than our 80# Dull/Matte text for a more substantial feeling piece. Provides a non-glossy, opaque base for detailed, crisp printing.
80# Dull/Matte Cover
Our dull/matte cover is a thick 9 pt cover stock with a smooth, non-shiny coating. It is well suited for detailed, crisp printing without sacrificing the ability to easily write on the paper. Often selected with the 80# dull/matte text option for inside your catalog or booklet piece.
120# Dull/Matte Cover
Our dull/matte cover is a thick 14 pt cover stock with a smooth, non-shiny coating. It is well suited for detailed, crisp printing without sacrificing the ability to easily write on the paper. An excellent choice for Business Cards, Postcards, Note Cards and Greeting Cards.
120# Dull/Matte Cover PC55 (Recycled)
Same features as our 120# Dull/Matte Cover with 55% post-consumer recycled content.
Gloss laminated papers are helpful in making the print look more vibrant. This kind of paper has a normal card-stock paper texture on one side, and a glossy texture on the other side. The photo is printed onto the glossy side, and then it is laminated to increase the quality and vibrancy of the image, as well as to make it shinier. This paper is usually used for postcards.
80# Gloss Text
Standard glossy paper stock, about as thick as a light magazine cover. The shiny finish provides an excellent opaque base for rich process color printing. This is our most popular type of stock for Brochure printing, Catalog Inserts, Flyers, Posters, etc.
100# Gloss Text
Similar to the 80# gloss text, but 25% thicker and heavier, for a more substantial feeling piece. Standard Uses: Brochures, Information Sheets, Self-mailers, Posters, Door Hangers, etc.
80# Gloss Cover
As a "cover" stock, this paper is stiff, about like a postcard or baseball card. This stock is coated with a glossy finish, making photographs and other images look beautiful. Standard uses: durable, heavy-weight Brochures, Catalog Covers, Product Spec Sheets.
120# Gloss Cover
We offer this high-quality, thick 14 pt stock on all of our card products. The glossy, coated finish makes photographs and other images look beautiful. We include aqueous coating to your four color sides for added protection and shine.
120# Gloss Cover PC55 (Recycled)
Same features as our 120# Gloss Cover with 55% post-consumer recycled content.
These papers comes with an extra coating which is useful for either protecting the paper, or for the added gloss/ sheen. These coatings are eco-friendly, and improve the quality of print. There are basically three types of popular special coated papers, as listed below:
Silk Coated Paper
Silk coated paper has a sheen to it, and although it has less reflection than semi-matte paper, it is more reflective than matte paper.
Aqueous Coated Paper
Aqueous coated papers provide extra gloss, while being eco-friendly at the same time. It also provides a layer of protection to the paper.
UV Gloss Paper
This type of coating is helpful when you have to add extra gloss, deepen the colors, and increase the contrast of the photos printed on it. For this reason, UV gloss paper is generally used for magazine covers and the like.
70# Uncoated Text
We exclusively offer 70# Lustre for stationery, envelopes and newsletters. This ultra-premium uncoated (non-glossy) white stock is guaranteed safe for desktop laser printing. Many common stationery stocks are not optimized for 4-color printing, so we have selected this for best results. Feels thick and substantial in your hands, and is the best type of uncoated paper stock available for full-color printing.
24# Uncoated and 28# Uncoated
This is a standard stock commonly used for envelopes, also called White Wove. The 28# is thicker and heavier than the 24#.
100# Uncoated Cover
An option for business cards, rack cards and bookmarks. This bright white smooth #1 grade cover stock is 14 pt in thickness and matches the 70# text-weight stock we use for letterhead and envelopes.
Our project management team can look after your job with excellent attention to detail, from initial concept, design and artwork, through colour proofing, print production, packing and delivery. We understand that every job is different and with a dedicated account manager for every client, no matter how big or small, we pride ourselves on an extremely high rate of client satisfaction.
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