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The importance of paper and its weight in printing

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When it comes to printing, the importance of paper is essential. You must take into account the characteristics of the document or image and of course the use or purpose that we are going to give it, since the choice of a specific type of paper resulted from this whole set.

Once these previous questions have been overcome, we must pay attention to the paper, its weight and in general the importance of the paper, since the quality and the result that we will achieve arose from it.

Therefore, for the standard prints that are produced on a daily basis in any SMB or office, 80g plain paper is not glossy enough.

On the other hand, non-glossy paper up to 200 grams is suitable for printing, for example, business cards, brochures or certain types of magazines, to name a few examples.

Finally, papers with a grammage greater than 200 are commonly used for folders, magazine covers and business cards, among others.

Non-glossy paper is the most common and used, but along with it we also find other types, such as glossy and photographic, the latter being absolutely necessary if we want to enjoy high quality in photographic printing.

As we can see, the use of this or that paper can lead to a more useful print quality and longevity of the document, so care must be taken in this regard.

What is the importance of paper and printing?

You can find several types of paper on the market, because there is a type of paper for every occasion.

Texture, thickness, color and even aroma are some of the aspects that make them different in their use.

Here we will show you the most common types of paper in daily life, and you can easily find these types of paper in any well-equipped copy agency.

Mainly there are three factors that we have to take into account when choosing a paper:

  • Weight: It gives us an idea of ​​the resistance of the folio depending on the thickness of the paper.
  • Paper finish: There are three types, it can be matte, glossy or satin, it will help us achieve the effect we want to give to each print
  • Maximum Resolution: Considered very important, it is directly related to the resolution of the printer. It is given in points per inch.

It is important to note that the quality of the paper is proportional to its weight and maximum resolution. With that said, we go on to briefly explain the different types of paper.

Types of paper to print

Offset paper

This type of natural paper is known mainly for its high porosity index, which allows it to absorb large amounts of ink. Its whiteness exceeds that of coated paper.

The images are usually dim, so if what we are looking for is a good resolution in this sense, it is not the best option. It is used for folios, letterheads, photocopies, laser printers, envelopes, etc.

Coated paper

Through the satin touch, you may find that this type of paper is glossy or matte.

It consists of a sheet of paper coated with three layers of gypsum (a binder and mineral pigment formula).

Provides better display of content used in image printing (color tones are often high).

This paper is more consistent than offset with the same weight. In contrast, it is not recommended for writing due to slower ink absorption and drying time. Used for brochures, brochures, catalogs, magazines, etc.

Self-adhesive paper

There is an adhesive tape under this paper, which allows to stick and separate the paper on different surfaces.

The glue is derived from its application method and does not leave traces. We can find that it has different colors and weights, in addition, the arrangement of the strips is not always the same, resulting in different sizes.

Colored paper

The same characteristics as offset, but with colors (red, blue, green)

Photographic paper

It is used especially for printing images or photos.

Because it has fewer pores, it can better fix the ink color, thus providing a more faithful reproduction.

In addition, the ink dries very quickly, so we avoid the possibility of staining.

We can find it to be more or less glossy (or matte), and we can also choose the finish or size of its surface.

Carbonless Copy Paper

This multi-sheet paper transfers notes from the first copy to subsequent copies by pressing or manually printing.

Very useful for invoices, delivery notes, receipts, etc.

Recycled paper

This paper is made from paper waste materials.

We hope that the information provided above can help you choose the paper you need, remember, as a company, we are always at your service.

If you want to know a little more about the paper for business cards or any other information about it, do not hesitate to look for more on our blog.

One thought on “The importance of paper and its weight in printing”

  1. It’s interesting to know that the texture, thickness, color, and aroma would have an effect which is why papers are used for different purposes. With that in mind, my mom should know what to use for HP Designjet T1600, since it’s the kind of printer she plans to buy. Getting then right supplies will ensure that the machine will not have issues like paper jamming in the rollers when she starts using them.

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