Paper Series #1 – Selecting the Best Choice


Selecting the right paper for your job can be a daunting task. Paper mills offer so many choices of weight, finish and brightness, it’s hard to know if you are choosing the right stock for your job. With a little help and guidance from us here in this blog series, our goal is to show our customers the choices available and make this process easier.

This week we will be looking at:

Paper Types - Uncoated papers

Generally printing papers come in two types: coated and uncoated.

Sounds simple, but within the uncoated category, paper can have different finishes; smooth, vellum, wove, eggshell and linen, to name a few.

The purpose of these various paper finishes is to help the designer select a finish that will convey the look and feel of their design. Linen and laid finishes are traditionally used in stationery printing yet can be run on commercial work to add a depth of texture to the printed page.

Advantages – Easy to write on if required, easy to read, and available in a wide range of colors.

Disadvantages – Lack of uniform sheet surface when running solids, drying time of inks, reduced availability of special colors.

All in all, uncoated paper can enhance the look of your project. As always, preplanning with your Allied representative can help you arrive at the best paper choice to have what you need in time to make your job look its best.

Next time – Coated papers

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