Different types of paper and its effect on the quality of your prints

Written by Azza Hawash

Different types of paper and its effect on the quality of your prints

types of paper

The different types of papers in publications of all kinds play an important role in determining the quality of publications. First impressions are very important and can completely change the success of a marketing campaign. That’s why it’s so important to present your prints correctly to give a professional quality look that matches your content.

Simple and important rules you must follow:

  • Silk for a sophisticated finish.
  • Gloss for photo or visual printing.
  • Uncoated if it is to be written on or on a model.
  • Heavier paperweights for a stronger message.

Don’t underestimate the importance of the look and feel of your company’s printed brochure, and the impact it can have.

Having a brochure printed on 135gsm glossy paper will subconsciously give the impression of a high-budget marketing campaign – ideal if you’re sending out a catalog full of photos and discount offers. However, if you are producing a brochure to introduce your company or market your exclusive hotel and spa, you would be better suited with silk text pages (inside) and a matte laminated cover.

Showcase your typography the way you would present yourself professionally

If you’re not sure what type of paper would best suit your prints, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to advise and ensure you get the best-looking print to showcase your work!

Different types of papers used in printing

Determining the type of paper that is suitable for printing is the most difficult choice because paper types differ in terms of properties. Each type has a special treatment and finish, and printing on cardboard or cardboard is very complicated due to the high density of the material and requires extreme care not to bend the paper and avoid damage. Various paper products are printed, such as paper products found in homes, schools, government departments, etc. It can be printed on one or both sides as needed. The printer plays an essential role in the process of printing on paper in terms of quality, quality and speed.

Laser paper:

This type is designed to suit laser printers and resists high temperatures. It is strong and smooth paper, does not absorb ink, maintains its whiteness for a long time, and produces many products such as checks, documents, and postage stamps.

Crochet paper:

It is characterized by being smooth and polished and has two types. The first is a shiny velvet, which is a reflective surface. It is used for color printing due to its low ink absorption rate and is most commonly used in brochures. The second type is matte tape and has the same features as glossy tape, except that it is suitable for writing with a pen.

Duplex paper:

It has two types, white duplex and regular duplex. Duplex paper consists of two sides, the first is smooth and the second is rough. It is used for printing package covers and can be pasted on cartons and various packaging boxes. Its weights vary from 115g to 350g.

Watermark papers:

Watermark paper is very popular because it is a good choice for security purposes because its design is integrated into the paper. It cannot be removed. For example, to avoid forgery of important documents and certificates, this type of paper is used, and it is good for packaging and food product boxes.

Coated paper:

A type of paper that is mixed with different materials to give certain qualities to the paper such as weight, smoothness, etc. It has several types, including shiny coated, which we see in ordinary pictures and photographs, and silk-coated. Which is suitable for magazines, books and the rubber coated one which is used for reports.

Uncoated paper:

It does not contain a coating, which helps it absorb and receive ink. Uncoated paper is suitable for use on both the printer and pen. It is an ideal choice for office papers such as envelopes and forms, and it is less expensive than coated paper.

Textured paper

Textured paper is plain paper with a smooth finish. It is not usually defined as such, because it has no finish or texture to speak of. Although it is not described, most of the paper currently used in your printer is likely to be textured paper. It is one of the most overlooked papers, in fact, 99% of the world’s paper is woven, and it may be the paper you have never used before.

There are also several types of paper, such as duplex, crystal, concord, and many other types, but we tried to focus on the most important types that are widespread these days.


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