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Choosing The Right Paper
By: Cindy Courtmanch ~ 2/1/2015


  • The intended use of the piece determines what paper quality is acceptable.
  • Performance varies greatly. Select stock that meets the technical production requirements of the job.    Jobs printed on matte or dull coated stocks may need to be sealed with a varnish or aqueous coating.
  • Availability may be an issue for specialty or mill items and minimum order quantities may apply.
  • The "feel" of the paper is often very important. Remember, stock samples are free.
  • Paper is classified (according to the American Forest & Paper Association) by its brightness, #1 being the brightest, and #5, the least bright. Within each grade, papers are offered in virgin or recycled, sheet or web (referring to the type of press on which the sheet will be printed).