Printing is an important part of doing business. Despite this, many print users don’t know what types of paper are available or how the paper they choose will affect their print results.
There are many types of paper, which are measured by weight. Generally, the heavier the weight, the thicker and more durable the paper will be. Different kinds of paper are more suitable for some usages than others. Some common paper types include:
- Bond paper or standard copy paper – good for everyday printing.
- Text paper – used for letterhead and stationary.
- Cover paper, or card stock – suitable for postcard and business cards.
- Bristol paper – which is heavy and thick, and can be used for invitations.
- Index paper – appropriate for index or postcards.
- Tag paper – used for signage and very durable.
Choosing the right paper type will result in a better final product and give the impression you desire.
Effects on Printing
Heavier, more expensive paper isn’t the best choice for your everyday printing. However standard copy paper won’t hold up to more intense usage, such as for folders. Not all printers are equipped for every type of paper. Choosing the wrong type can cause the paper to jam in the printer, or other printer damage. It’s a good idea to check your printer’s manual before trying to print on a different kind of paper.
It’s also important to change your paper type in your print settings, so your printer can do its job properly. Different finishes may need a different print technique to prevent smudging, pale results, or other undesirable outcomes.
There are many factors that go into printing, including the type of paper you print on. Choosing the right kind of paper that’s suitable for your job type and printer creates superior results you can be proud of. Taking the time to understand your paper options can pay off in both better results and a better bottom line.