What paper should I use?
This kind of paper is coated with a fine clay compound that creates either gloss or matt effect on both sides of the paper.
Ideal for: Brochures, Calendars and Magazines
Stronger and more durable than the average sheet of paper, its appearance makes it popular for letterheads and image building stationery.
Ideal for: Letterheads, Envelopes and Reports
Carbonless – Self-Copy Paper
This paper is coated with chemicals, which transfer images or text from one sheet to another when under pressure from writing or typing.
Ideal for: Application Forms, Order Forms and Computer Stationery.
Cast Coated Paper
This type of paper is pressed against metal drums while its coating is still wet producing a very high gloss, mirror-like finish and superior smooth surface. Its flexibility makes it an excellent option for folding and scoring since it keeps cracking to a minimum.
Ideal for: Packaging
The paper is coated to produce a gloss or matt finish. It produces sharper, brighter images.
Ideal for: various uses, depending on type of coating used.
Gloss coated paper
A high shine and very smooth surface make this paper ideal for promotional work. The ink dries particularly well so usually it can eliminate the need for a seal varnish to prevent ink rubbings and marks.
Ideal for: Brochures, Pamphlets and Leaflets
Matt coated paper
This paper is coated to give it a matt finish. It is perfect for producing images without the glare that can come with gloss options though we would normally recommended applying a sealed varnish to protect from ink rubbing and smudging.
Ideal for: Leaflets
This low-cost paper has an off-white cast and distinctive feel. It is widely used to print newspapers and advertising material because it is economical, strong enough to run through high-speed web printing presses and is able to accept four-color printing.
Ideal for: Newspapers and Advertising material
Recycled paper is either partly or entirely made from re-used paper products. Its production uses much less energy than first generation paper and is environmentally friendly!
Silk coated paper
This paper has a smooth silky coating giving it a low surface shine. Smoother than the matt coated but not as glossy as gloss coated paper.
Ideal for: Catalogues, Books, Mailing Material, Magazines and Periodicals
Generally more absorbent as it does not have a coating. It is normally not as smooth and tends to be more porous. Uncoated paper is generally used for letterhead, envelopes and printed material that is aiming for a more prestigious or elegant look.
Ideal for: Letterheads, envelopes, memo paper and menus.
A watermark gives a distinctive appearance and is normally used in high quality paper. In the manufacturing process an impression is pressed into the paper by attaching a wire pattern or by using relief sculptures to create the desired effect.
Ideal for: prestigious stationery or where a security feature is required.
The dimensions of the A series paper sizes are shown below with a visual representation of how the sizes relate to each other underneath. A7 is half of A6, A6 is half of A5 and so on.
- A1 = 594 x 841mm
- A2 = 420 x 594mm
- A3 = 297 x 420mm
- A4 = 210 x 297mm
- A5 = 148 x 210mm
- A6 = 105 x 148mm
- A7 = 74 x 105mm