Every paper has
its own purpose in every printing. With so many different
sizes, types and other things to consider, it can be hard to know which will be
suitable on a particular job, and when is the right time to use that certain
type and size of paper. Aside from this, there are also different coatings and
weights to ponder as well!
In things such
as preparing for future jobs, knowing the type of paper to be used is very
essential to tackle. According to the team behind Rayacom,
here are some of the things that you need to know about paper stuff.
This is the most
popular and easy to distinguish paper size because this is the widely-used
type. Moreover, this paper size is very simple to understand since it only
increases and decrease in successive order, starting from A1 being the largest
all the way down to A10.
x 297mm, this is the most commonly-used for printing. This is because of its
different weights with several different coatings. So, there is an A4 paper
that is suitable not only for any printing job, but for some special
purposes as well.
This paper size
measures twice of the A4 paper, which is 297mm x 420mm. This larger paper works
best if you are aiming to print papers for more visual aspect, like larger
graphic or higher resolution images
Since they are
larger, they are enormously useful, being capable to print in both A3 and
A4 sizes especially with faster print engines.
Other A sizes
Aside from the
abovementioned, there are also smaller paper sizes like A5 and A6. These sizes suits in printing flyers or other
smaller materials. Also, larger options like A2 and A1 can be used in posters
Also known as
the ‘supplementary raw format A’, this paper size is somewhat huger than A size
paper. This paper type is commonly used for commercial printing because this
can be bled, gripped and trimmed. SRA3 paper size is the most common on this
type, which can be used in various digital print machines.
This range of
paper used solely for envelopes. It varies from C1 to C10 and it resembles to
the same sizes in A sizes, however, they are somewhat bigger, so that it will
be allowable to the same A paper size to fit inside the envelope.
There are also
various paper weights available for different uses.
Paper weight is
generally measured in ‘Grams per Square Metre’ (GSM). This is the measurement
of paper thickness or density depending on the media quality. So, the thickness
of the material is determined by the higher or lower GSM value of the paper.
Moreover, it means that the thicker the paper, the sturdier the page will be.
With that being said, thicker papers are commonly used for more manufacturing
Aside from paper
sizes and masses, printing paper also has many different coatings. It provides
a sheet a precise appearance, which by then determine its fittingness for a
Usually found in
sometimes gloss, satin or dull textures, this coating can be colored. Despite
of the affordability, it has a lower protection level. This can be used in
giving gloss to a photo for a more professional appearance.
This has a
higher protection level to printed papers. Moreover, it can bring enhancement
to the printed colors.
This coating is
applied as a liquid prior to the hardening process under ultraviolet light.
This can be applied in either matte or gloss with particular glitter or tinted
keeps prints from markings like fingerprints or other damages. This coating is
water-based, so it dries easily. This is more environmentally-friendly than
This refers to
how transparent or opaque a paper is.
The opacity of
the paper is influenced by its weight. So, the heavier the paper is, the
opaquer it is.
This is measured
on a scale of 0 to 100, the scale 0 being the transparent sheet, while 100 is
the completely opaque.
opacities have different uses, like the more transparent ones are suitable for
Also, there are
different paper types which have diverse usages.
This is designed
for definite use with inkjet printers. There are many forms of inkjet paper
which work well with inkjet ink,
like the photo, glossy, business card and greeting card papers. These papers
have certain conditions to safely pass through an inkjet device.
Laser Printer Paper
This works best
with a laser printer.
This is suitable for more business transactions, like in printing cheques,
address and mailing labels.
are the common paper types:
This is one of
the most frequently used, since this can be used in everyday printing tasks. It
is finished with a white coating, helping the ink to dry faster, which is why
this is suitable for any urgent documents.
This is much
smoother, and non-textured, making it perfect for presentable double-sided
printing. Its brightness ensures that both sides of the paper are reproduced on
without messier effect on each side of the paper.
This is usually
used in printing photographs instead of texts because it can produce vivid
colors and sharp images. Its surface is ink-absorber, producing higher image clarity
than from matte paper.
A sturdy paper
type, this is often used in scrapbooks and in business cards and postcards. It
is much thicker than the other printer paper types, that is why this is tougher
and can be carried without becoming dilapidated.
This type is somewhat heavier than traditional papers, and because
of its off-white look, this is unique from printer papers. It has an ivory or
cream tone and commonly used for CVs and other important documents, providing
high importance look on the document.