Paper Printing Guide

Paper Printing Guide

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instantprint

06 Jun 2019

When it comes to online printing, with so much choice on offer, knowing which type of paper to go for can be a little confusing. We’ve created a simple paper printing guide to cut through the jargon, showing you which options are available as well as how to print on special paper types.

 

Types of Paper

Here are all the types of paper types we offer for each piece of print.


Flyers

150gsm Silk

This lightweight paper is best for cheap flyer printing. It’s ideal if you want to print your flyers and leaflets in bulk to deliver out to customers in your local area.


250gsm Silk

Slightly thicker, paper is a great midweight option. It’s perfect for handouts to let people know about sales and promotions or even club nights.


350gsm Silk

This thick, almost card-like paper is a fantastic choice for premium flyer printing. Great for menu cards, vouchers and high-end brands.

 


350gsm Recycled

Showing off your business doesn’t have to cost the planet. Our 100% recycled printer paper is uncoated, meaning it can be recycled again.


457mic Kraft

This paper is an earthy-brown colour and has a rustic feel. Its unique style and texture is great for cafes and restaurants, arts & craft businesses, and charities.

 

 

Booklets

90gsm Uncoated

90gsm is uncoated, which means it’s easy to write on with any kind of pen or pencil. This is a thin paper that you’d traditionally find in notebooks and workbooks. We offer this special paper type on:

  • Stapled booklets
  • Notebooks

 

115gsm Silk

Sales brochures and affordable magazines are best suited to this thin, slightly silky paper, which is also our cheapest option. Buy in bulk and mail them out to get the most out of them. This paper can be written on with a ball point pen, but not ink. We offer this type on:

  • Stapled booklets
  • Perfect bound booklets


150gsm Silk

This midweight paper is a great all-rounder for your booklets and is the heaviest texture we offer for inside pages. Use it for products such as theatre programmes, catalogues or marketing materials such as newsletters. We offer this paper type on:

  • Stapled booklets
  • Perfect bound booklets
  • Wire bound booklets


120gsm Uncoated

Thicker than our 90gsm option, this paper type is great for premium books that may be written in – such as handbooks, recipe books and photo albums. This is a writable paper with a porous, absorbent texture that’s suitable for any kind of pen or pencil. It’s also a traditional choice for wedding ceremonies. We offer this paper type on:

  • Stapled booklets
  • Perfect bound booklets
  • Wire bound booklets
  • Orders of service

 

 

130gsm Gloss

High-end magazines, prospectuses and event handouts benefit from this ultra-glossy paper. A great way of making a successful first impression, we offer this stock on:

  • Stapled booklets
  • Wire bound booklets

 

 

Folded Leaflets

150gsm Silk

Our thinnest paper stock with a smooth, silky texture – this product is ideal for cheap flyer printing. Print and post them out in bulk to market your brand to local customers. 


250gsm Silk

Our classic silk is a fantastic choice for custom flyers and leaflets. If you’re not sure which to go for, we recommend this as a standard go-to paper choice.


350gsm Silk

Our premium 350gsm silk is a thick printing paper – the thickest option we offer for flyers! An impressive card-like texture, it’s great for high-end business flyers or custom menus.

 

 

Posters

220mic PVC

On our larger poster prints, you have the option to select a waterproof paper type. Our 220mic PVC is water-resistant and ideal for long-life indoor advertising or outdoor posters.


400mic PVC

This thicker PVC stock is perfect for outdoor posters due to its robust texture or as a more affordable signage printing option. Great for both indoor and outdoor use that you can rely on.


170gsm Silk

This thin silk paper type is the perfect option for businesses on a budget. Ideal for indoor advertising – its lightweight texture makes it super easy to attach to any wall. Great for sale posters or one-time-use promotional tools.


250gsm Silk

For high-quality posters that are more durable, 250gsm silk is ideal. Choose between either a matte or glossy coating to add the perfect finishing touch to your marketing materials. You could even use this stock to create affordable prints that double up as indoor décor – just pop them in a frame and you have the perfect pieces of wall art that are ready to be hung!

 

 

Stationery

90gsm Uncoated

Uncoated paper allows you to scribble away without fear of any smudging! As our cheapest paper type, this is ideal for large-scale business stationery printing. If your company sends out official letters, application forms and note cards on a regular basis, we recommend this stock. 


120gsm Uncoated

This midweight option is a great all-rounder for branded business communications. We leave all of our stationery stock uncoated so you can handwrite a message or whizz them through your printer! Perfect for letterheads and compliment slips.

 


160gsm Uncoated

Our thickest option – that’ll still go through your printer easily – is exceptional for special letters to send to your most valued clients. This is also a fantastic choice for a compliment slip; its premium texture helps to show customers how important they are to you.


Greetings Cards 

350gsm Uncoated

Our uncoated stock is a great option for any greetings card. Uncoated paper means you can write on it with any kind of pen or pencil – completely smudge-free!

 

350gsm Silk

Our premium silk paper is ideal for silky-textured cards. As one of our thickest options, it’s fantastic for celebrating birthdays, graduations and everything in between. For best results, write on this stock with a ball-point pen.

300gsm Ice Gold

Our ice gold is a special type of paper with a slight gold pearlescent finish. It’s great for luxurious wedding invitations and personalised printed Christmas cards. Your ball point pen is sure to glide effortlessly over this stock.

 

Creative Stocks for Wedding Stationery Printing

350gsm Conqueror Wove

A thick, lightly-textured stock that’s ideal for special occasions. The crisp white colour and soft feel make this paper type perfect for personalised wedding stationery. Available on:

  • RSVPs
  • Save the dates
  • Wedding invitations
  • Thank you cards

 

300gsm Conqueror Wove Cream

Lightly-textured with a soft, creamy finish, this paper lends itself to minimal designs. It gives a high-end touch to all communications. Available in:

  • RSVPs
  • Save the dates
  • Wedding invites
  • Thank you cards

 

 

300gsm Ice Gold

A slightly pearlescent stock, our Ice Gold is the perfect paper type for adding a splash of glamour to your big day. Available in:

  • RSVPs
  • Save the dates
  • Wedding invites

 

280gsm Kraft

Give your wedding stationery a rustic, homemade aesthetic with our stunning Kraft options. These organic, earthy colours work best with a minimal design and simple, black fonts. This stock is available on:

  • RSVPs
  • Save the dates
  • Wedding invites
  • Thank you cards


300gsm Mohawk Felt Cream

Our most textured stock, Mohawk Felt Cream really shines with a stripped-back design. Ideal for a soft, creamy finish with a premium feel. Available on:

  • RSVPs
  • Save the dates
  • Wedding invites
  • Thank you cards

 

300gsm Tintoretto by Fredrigoni

Named after famous Italian artist, Tintoretto, this felt-marked stock resembles an artist’s sketchpad! As it’s uncoated, it’s ideal for writing on with any kind of pen. This paper type is available on:

  • RSVPs
  • Save the dates
  • Wedding invites
  • Thank you cards

 

 

 

We hope this extensive paper printing guide gives you a clear idea of what your prints will look and feel like. Need some more help deciding which stock is best for you? Get in touch with our team today through Live Chat, or order your free sample pack here.

 

Jennie Talbot

About the Author

Hi! I’m Jennie, and I’m the Creative Lead at instantprint. I love using my design knowledge to inspire small businesses to think outside the box when designing their print.