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All about printing Paper: Types of Printing Papers

All printing papers are not the same as commonly believed. There are variances between different print papers. They differ in size, weight and coating. The printing paper you use in the specific printer will affect your printing. So choose wisely. We are here to help you in making this decision.

Types of Printing Paper

  1. Laser Printer Paper. Laser printing paper is best used by laser printer. It is coated to withstand the heat generated by the laser printer that gels polymer toner to the paper. The laser printing paper come in various weights. It usually starts 20lbs to 28lbs but can go up to 60lbs and beyond. The fact is the thicker the paper, difficult it would be to fuse ink to the paper. Laser printers use toners that stay on the surface of the paper, and are not absorbed. Hence, we need the kind of paper that won’t smudge the ink. Laser printer paper is mainly used in businesses for printing cheques, mailing labels and documents.
  2. Inkjet Print paper. This printing paper is used specifically in inkjet printers. In order to get the good quality printing, you need to select the paper which has right kind of absorbency and the kind which won’t let the ink spread. The bond papers that include most inkjet photo paper are usually found in 21lbs to 71lbs range. However, every printer has its own limit for the thickness. Read instructions before opting for the heavy inkjet paper. The more white the paper, the better the printing. The scale on which the brightness is measured is from 1 to 100. 100 being the brightest. The heavier papers are more opaque and won’t let the light come through. The thickness or caliper of the paper also allows more ink coverage.
  3. This paper has a smooth and velvety finish. It is most suitable for everyday tasks and therefore is one of the most used printing papers. It is finished with white coating. This type of paper allows the ink to dry quicker than any other paper. So if you are in a hurry, this paper is suitable for you.
  4. This paper is little heavier than the most traditional papers. Its colour is off white or ivory. As the name suggests it is mainly used for resumes/CVs.
  5. Card Stock. This type of print paper is used for business cards, post cards or scrapbooks. As it is heavier and thicker, it is also more durable. It can be stored in purses and wallets without the fear of it tearing down.
  6. Glossy print papers are generally used for printing photos rather than text. This paper generates rich colour and sharp images. The clarity of the images on a glossy paper is much better than matte paper. This form of paper has several layers within each sheet. The top layer absorbs ink; the later layers prevent the ink from bleeding by storing it. The coating let the ink dry on a slower pace. Find a quickly drying gloss finish.
  7. Bright White Print Paper. These papers are non-textured. They are smooth and opaque. This is why both the sides of this paper can be printed without ink showing.

Sizes of Printer Papers

There are A, B and C series papers according to international standard ISO 216.

  1. A series is the most used paper size. It starts from A0 ad goes up to A10. A0 is the biggest and A10 being the smallest. The most used among this series paper is A4. A4 printing paper comes in different weights. It can be coated or glossed, matte or uncoated. The second most used paper size is A3 paper.
  2. B series papers are mainly used for making posters. They are rarely ever used in an office setting. They are also used for passports.
  3. C series is usually used for envelops. It is defined by ISO269.

It is best to decide what kind of paper you are using to print and then design your project or presentation around it. Nevertheless, even if you have made your project and now need to print. It is not too difficult to choose print papers according to your need.

Sadiq paper is one of the leading paper mills in Pakistan. We are one of the leading paper manufacturers in the Pakistan involved in both traditional and developing markets


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