With the various benefits of printed materials used for either marketing [insert a hyperlink to the first post in November] or branding [insert a hyperlink to the second post in November] already in vogue, inquiries troop in daily for information on the different types of the printing papers that are available for exploration in the printing world.
Therefore, we have put together a brief review of all of them for your due consideration as you prepare for our special Black Friday promotions!
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- Glossy Coated Paper
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They are a very common paper used in magazines, catalogues, calendars, posters and brochures. They are characterized by having a superficial layer of stucco that keeps the ink on the surface. The colours are intense and beautiful. This paper is suitable for printed products that have large images and a few texts to read.
- Semi-matt coated paper
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Along with glossy coating, it is one of the most common types of commercial printing paper. It has its characteristics and uses similar to glossy coating but with less gloss. This is because not so much time was spent in the calendering process during the process of its manufacture. This paper is suitable for printed products with which the comfortable reading of texts is essential, thanks to the absence of reflections.
Glossy and semi-matt coatings are the most common types of magazine printing paper. In fact, they are essential for commercial printing. They are mostly used for products including catalogues, calendars, posters, flyers and folded flyers.
- Recycled Coated Paper
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Similar to the semi-matt coated one but made from recycled fibres, that is, the fibres had previously been used to make paper. These recycled paper are more sustainable.
- White Offset Paper
Unlike the coated papers, in the manufacturing process of the different types of offset paper, no layer of stucco has been added, so this paper maintains its natural porosity. Less soft when touched unlike coated papers, and their colours are less vivid since the paper absorbs a good part of the ink.
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It is suitable for writing on, which is why it is the preferred type of paper for diaries, letters, invoice paper, envelopes and bags. It is also usually used to print the inside of books in which the text predominates over the image.
- Tapered Offset Paper
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Similar to the white offset paper, but with a slightly yellowish tone that is highly appreciated in certain applications, such as book publishing and corporate stationery.
- Graphics Card
Graphic cardboard is characterized by being made up of several layers of chemical pulp paper to which a layer of stucco is added on one or both sides. In the first case, it is often referred to as “1/c coated graphic card” and in the second, “2/c coated graphic card”.
It is used especially in products that require extra rigidity, such as the bases of table calendars, which must support the weight of the sheets that make up the calendar without bending.
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Another area of use for graphic cardboard is the covers of paperback books and for the same reason, graphic cardboard, compared to a coated paper of the same weight, is thicker and stiffer, which makes it suitable to act as a book cover.
It is also used as regular paper for the invitations from high personalities and multinationals, as the consistency of cardboard is suitable to convey the feeling of “prestige” that is usually found in this type of product.
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The foldings are the types of paper similar to graphics cards but with the difference that inside them, they have layers of mechanical pulp and chemical pulp. Their main application is packaging, although they are also common in other types of product, such as triangular table calendars or corporate folders.
- Adhesive paper
In the market, there is a great variety of types of adhesive papers. Practically, all types of papers (coated, offsets, cardboard …) have their “adhesive” version. Thus, for example, if they talk about printing on glossy adhesive paper, they are referring to a paper with glossy coating and adhesive properties.
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Depending on the strength with which the adhesive paper sticks to the surface, adhesive papers are classified as removable, permanent and super permanent!
Another differentiation that is usually made is depending on whether the adhesive paper has small cuts on the back to facilitate the detachment of the protective layer. According to this, we speak of adhesives “with a cut on the back (c/c)” or “without cut on the back (s/c)”.
- Magnetized Paper
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It is a type of paper that is printed as if it were a “normal” paper. In fact, it is a “normal” semi-matt coating on one side, but on the other, it acts as a magnet. Perfect for printing photos and turning them into attractive fridge magnets, for example.
They can also be used for other products with a magnetic base including magnetized business cards and magnetized calendars.
- Metallic Paper
They are available in colours including gold, silver and pearl white. It is important to note that it is the paper itself that is metallized, it is not a conventional paper to which metallic inks have been applied. It achieves a truly spectacular metallic effect, even allowing the application of white ink on the surface.
You can use them for a wide range of printable products including Metallic postcards, Metallic business cards, Metallic diptych business cards, Metallic bookmarks etc.
- Paper Coasters
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If there is an essential characteristic in a paper that is going to have the function of coasters, it is that of being extremely porous, since it must be able to absorb the liquid released by the bottles and glasses on which they sit beneath.
There you have it! Congratulations!!!!
Now, you have all the different types of printing papers that you can specifically demand when negotiating your next print job. I am sure you already wrote down some of the most appealing ones you’d want to try out anytime soon!
Besides, at Jade Crystal Colours, we give you a wide range of choice to choose from as you intend to improve your brand identity and conquer more markets.
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