The thickness of each paper is different, depending on the weight of the paper and the density of the paper, so different types of paper have different thicknesses and different paper weights. Also, even with the same paper quality and weight, the paper produced will vary slightly due to changes in the paper environment.
We have made simple statistics on the most commonly used papers on the market. The following reference comparison chart can improve our understanding of paper thickness:
|paper||Sheet thickness||100 sheets thickness|
|128g glossy powder paper||0.1~0.12mm||1~1.2cm|
|157g glossy powder paper||0.14~0.16mm||1.4~1.6cm|
|250g glossy powder paper||0.23~0.24mm||2.3~2.4cm|
|128g matte paper||0.12 ~ 0.13 mm||1.2 ~ 1.3cm|
|157g matte paper||0.16 ~ 0.17mm||1.6 ~ 1.7cm|
|250g matte paper||0.24 ~ 0.26mm||2.4 ~ 2.6cm|
|80g book paper||0.1 ~ 0.11 mm||1 ~ 1.1 cm|
|100g book paper||0.11 ~ 0.12mm||1.1 ~ 1.2 cm|
Introduction of printing paper types
In the design industry, printing paper can be seen everywhere. Different types of paper have special properties. Which products are suitable for each type of paper? What are the common types of printing paper? What are they each used for? Glossy powder paper, matte powder paper, book paper... How to make the most cost-effective choice when designing?
1. Gloss Art Paper
glossy paper（ Gloss Art Paper）印刷是粉紙的一種，又稱作高光鏡面銅版紙或銅版紙，是印刷業中使用較多印刷紙質之一。它具有光滑的表面和平整度、吸墨性高、表面易反光，印刷後光澤佳，色彩鮮豔飽和，階調層次及對比表現良好，因此深受廣告業界歡迎。
Because the surface of glossy paper is a layer of white colloid, its water resistance is stronger than other paper products. Because of its versatility, glossy paper is the most affordable of many. Generally, the commonly used glossy powder paper is 128g, 157g, 210g, 250g, 300g, 350g.
2. Matte Art Paper
啞光紙（Matte Art Paper）跟光面紙近似，粉紙家族的一員。啞粉紙印刷與光粉紙類似，雖沒有光粉紙般色彩鮮豔，在陽光下不會太反光，所以被稱為啞光粉紙或無光銅版紙，也因此很多人會選用來製作高檔、清晰、信息豐富的印刷品。
Another commonly used matte powder paper is 128g, 157g, 200g, 250g, 300g.
3. Woodfree Paper
The surface of book paper has more fibers and is rougher than glossy paper, so it is thicker and lighter, and has good ink absorption performance. Therefore, the writing paper and inner pages of general notebooks are basically book paper, which is more suitable for writing.
|Reflectivity||smoothness||paper thickness||paper weight||printing color||write||Schools and Institutions Discount|
|glossy paper||High reflectivity||smooth||Thin||Heavy||bright||Not suitable||Low|
Application and Gram Selection of Three Printing Papers
1. Frequency of application
The most commonly used paper must be glossy paper, mainly because glossy paper is colored. The properties of the three printing papers are analyzed in the table below. Then use your advertising budget and design your content to decide which paper to use.
At present, the applications of glossy powder paper, matt powder paper and book paper on the market are as follows:
|card||envelope||stationery||paper folder||Leaflets||folded flyer||brochure||coupon||raffle ticket||large promotional poster|
Note: "*" represents the extent of application.
2. Application of paper grams and reasons
So each type of paper is suitable for which products? What is the reason? Let this comparison table tell you in detail!
|application||Paper recommendation||Recommended reason||Weight selection||Weight reason||other factors|
|card||Frosted Powder Cardboard||For clear images and not afraid of reflections, matte paper cards are the best choice.||260~300g||Matte paper prints in lighter colors and has higher durability than book paper. It's not that hard to do further processing with silly plastic cards like bronzing, UV, door fillets, etc.|
|envelope||book paper||Because the surface of book paper can be written and stamped, and the paper is lighter, it is more suitable for envelopes than other types of paper.||100 g||Due to shipping restrictions, envelopes and letterhead cannot be too heavy|
|writing paper||book paper||The paper surface can be written on, and the color of the paper has a soft effect, which is suitable for long-term reading of book paper and writing paper.||80g and 100g||The most basic use is writing|
|paper clip||glossy or frosted paper||According to different needs, choose the paper you need to write on and the waterproof and bright paper.||250 grams||Both are 250g harder grams|
|Leaflet||glossy or matte paper||Choose based on usage.||128g or 157g||The 128g glossy paper is generally shipped on the street, and since passersby don't spend too much time reading the flyers, each reading takes no more than 10 seconds. Therefore, the flyers that reach the street usually have low requirements on the quality of the paper, the most important thing is to be flat.||The glossy flour paper/157g frosted flour paper is more suitable for in-store use, and customers who enter the store are more willing to shop. Using high-quality flyers can enhance the shopping experience. Of course, choosing the right paper is just a help, design is at the heart of your flyer.|
|folded leaflet||glossy paper||157 grams||If the paper is thick, follow the line on the flyer before folding. Note that the edges may break when the paper is folded, as folding stretches the paper fibers and makes them brittle and prone to breaking.|
|brochure||glossy/matte paper||157g glossy paper is used for the booklet cover, 128g glossy paper is used for the inner pages of commonly used booklets or 100g book paper.||128g, 157g||If the company takes the path from the top shelf, it can be printed on a 128g/157g weight matte paper.||When printing brochures, you also need to consider what sewing method to use. The most basic is to sew notebooks.|
|Lottery/Coupon/Cash Coupon||Writing paper such as book or matte paper||Easy to write, easy to tear. The color printed on book paper will be more uniform, but compared to glossy flour paper, it will enhance the company's image. Glossy paper coupons/cash coupons give users a cheap feeling and are not good for company image.||100 g||Before printing your lottery tickets, please determine if you are required to provide personal information on the lottery ticket for the person running the lottery ticket. Use if necessary, as glossy paper is not easy to write on.||Most lottery tickets are torn off for the draw, so the tear line (equestrian seam) on the ticket must be pressed. Press it into the tear line and you can tear it off easily. The size of the lottery ticket is not very limited, if there is no concept of size, you can use 210*95mm or download the coupon template from the template center.|
|Poster||glossy paper||The glossy pink paper has bright color and high reflectivity, which is easy to attract the attention of passers-by.||128g, 157g||Most of the posters on the walls and iron gates are made of glossy pink paper.||The number of printing orders on paper is hundreds, and the number of printing is small, such as inkjet printing, which can use dozens or several pages.|
Other paper types
1. Kraft Paper
2. Parchment Paper
3. White Board
The above is the most complete guide to the quality, thickness and application of printing paper! I believe you must have understood our introduction, and now you must learn how to choose your paper, gram and type!
If you feel that there is still something that bothers you in the choice of paper, or you still need a full set of design and production solutions for products, please contact our company for detailed consultationhkdesignpro.com, we have the most meticulous and humanized service team, as well as the most professional and efficient design team, choose us to give you the most satisfactory customized experience!
Q1: How to choose the type and application of printing paper?
We introduced the differences and characteristics of the three paper categories of glossy paper, matte paper and book paper. According to different application scenarios and production volumes, we have prepared detailed statistical data and tables for customers' reference. Please refer to above for specific table.
Q2: What is the difference between the grams of printing paper?
The thickness of each paper is different, depending on the weight of the paper and the density of the paper, so different types of paper have different thicknesses and different paper weights. Also, even with the same paper quality and weight, the paper produced will vary slightly due to changes in the paper environment. We have calculated their application table according to different grams, see above for details.
Q3: How to choose printing paper?
According to the different needs of customers, we have prepared different reference forms for paper and gram selection, see above for details. If you feel that there is still something that bothers you in the choice of paper, or you still need a full set of design and production solutions for products, please contact our company for detailed consultationhkdesignpro.com