Many people coming to us for printing have already considered many aspects of their project: design, colour, size, etc. They approach Afford A Print thinking they are ready to go. Yet often times the customer has not thought of one of the most important, foundational aspects of his or her project—the paper on which the project will be printed.
In this article, we will survey the seven most-used types of paper, for print projects.
- Spot UV – a coating or varnish applied to specific areas of a paper surface or printed card. The effect created is one that draws attention to highlighted areas. Spot UV also enhances the visual quality of the project by adding texture to the print surface.
- Matt (matte) – an unfinished paper that produces good quality prints, without glare or the visible effects of fingerprints and other types of smudges. It is a finish that allows for writing on the surface. This is the paper most often recommended by printers.
- Silk – a smooth, low gloss paper surface that provides high readability and image quality. Like the matt finish, silk can be written on. Also like the matt finish, silk is highly recommended by printers for most projects.
- Glossy – a coated paper that is very smooth, with a shiny appearance. This kind of paper is often used on brochures and flyers. This one is not recommended for writing on.
- Uncoated – a paper finish most commonly used with letterheads, stationary, and most brands of photocopy machine paper. This material is recommended for writing on and ink stamping (in regards to something like a loyalty card).
- Gloss Laminate – paper to which a thin layer of plastic has been applied. Gloss laminate repels dust and fingerprints. This kind of paper is most often used for trade paperback book covers.
- Matt Laminate – similar to gloss laminate, but often considered to be the more elegant finish of the two. Matt is a less reflective finish than gloss laminate.
Still unsure? You can request a sample pack from us (this will detail not only the finish of the material, but also what the different thicknesses feel like).
With so many options from which to choose, let Afford A Print help you select the best paper for your project. Contact us today.