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Selecting the best print product is tough if you’re not familiar with paper stocks. One of our most common customer questions is: should I use coated or uncoated card stock for my print design? Should I select Glossy or Matte business cards? Coated Paper Coated and uncoated stocks often look quite similar, but the difference is how the ink lies on the paper. Coated paper has a matte or glossy finish. It’s usually very smooth with a slight shine, sometimes with a high shine. Regardless of how much the stock shines, the coated paper makes your colors appear brighter. Another advantage of coated paper stock is its resistance to wear and tear, water, and dirt. This keeps your printed materials looking crisp and professional longer than uncoated stock. Coated Paper is great for: Brochures Catalogues Postcards Packaging (a product you wont be writing on) Uncoated Paper Because uncoated stock allows more ink to be absorbed, it’s not as smooth as coated paper. Uncoated stock is used for printing


Different paper stocks are measured in GSM (grams per Square Meter). The higher the number the heavier the stock is. Weights can start around 60-70 gsm and go up to 1000 gsm or more. 80 gsm is the weight of standard copy paper. Flyer's and brochures are usually around 120-150 gsm A standard business card is around 300-350 gsm. You have to think about the thickness and weight of paper at the same time. Both measure how thick, sturdy and rugged the paper is. A higher weight, thicker paper will stand up to a beating better than a lower weight or thinner paper.


envelopes and business letterhead for an elegant and classy look. Examples include real estate brochures business stationery, restaurant menus, school bookmarks, and college booklets. When creating printed materials with special effects like foil stamping, the uncoated stock provides higher contrast and makes the foil stand out even more. Uncoated paper is generally used for things like: Stationery and Standard Envelopes Inexpensive Flyer's Newsletters (a final product you can write on) What about Spot UV or Spot coating? It’s easy to confuse coating with coated paper stocks, but there is a difference. Coated paper stocks are manufactured with coated surfaces prior to printing, while UV or spot coated products have a special coating applied AFTER printing with special equipment. We can only apply Spot UV on coated stocks. Which stock is best for you? If you have any questions or need advice on which paper stock would be best for your printing project, contact us and we will be more than happy to help. Items that don't conform to these sizing standards. Business Cards Most standard business cards are 90mm x 55mm in dimension. However there are a variety of sizes that can be defined within the business card size guide. Compliment Slips Often produced in A6. The compliment slip is more commonly printed to the DL (Dimension lengthwise) size. The DL size was originally defined for envelopes to hold an A4 letterhead folded into three equal panels. The DL sheet size is 99mm x 210mm.


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