A Guide to Printing Paper

A Guide to Printing Paper

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instantprint

06 Jun 2019

With all the choice on offer with online printing, knowing which paper type to choose can be a little confusing. We aim to cut through the jargon and tell you exactly what you’ll be getting when you choose your print paper.

 

Types of Paper

Here are all the types of paper 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 with a rustic feel. Its unique style is great for cafes and restaurants, crafty 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 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. Writable with a ball point pen, but not ink. We offer this paper type on:

  • Stapled booklets
  • Perfect bound booklets


150gsm Silk

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

  • Stapled booklets
  • Perfect bound booklets
  • Wire bound booklets


120gsm Uncoated

Thicker than our 90gsm option, this is great for premium books you want the user to write in, such as handbooks and activity books. This is a writable paper that’s suitable for any kind of pen or pencil. It’s also a traditional paper for wedding and funeral orders of service. 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 highly from our ultra-glossy paper. A great way of making a first impression, we offer this paper type on:

  • Stapled booklets
  • Wire bound booklets

 

 

Folded Leaflets

150gsm Silk

Our thinnest paper option for 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 your custom flyers and leaflets. If you’re not sure which stock to go for, we recommend this one as a standard go-to paper choice.


350gsm Silk

Our premium 350gsm silk is a thick printing paper – and the thickest one we offer for flyers. An impressive card-like paper, this is great for high end business flyers or custom menus.

 

 

Posters

220mic PVC

On our larger poster prints, you’ll have the option to go waterproof with your paper type. Our 220mic PVC is a water-resistant stock ideal for long-life indoor advertising or outdoor posters. They’re great for fitting into A-frames!


400mic PVC

This thicker PVC stock is ideal for outdoor posters or as a more affordable signage printing option. Great for indoor and outdoor use that you can rely on.


170gsm Silk

This thin silk paper option is best for businesses on a budget. Great for indoor advertising – it’s lightweight, so super easy to attach to any wall with Blu tack. They make perfect for sale posters or one-time-use promotional tools.


250gsm Silk

For high quality posters that are more durable, choose 250gsm silk. Choose to add a matt or glossy coating for a finishing touch to your advertising. You could even create affordable indoor décor – just pop them in a frame!

 

 

Stationery

90gsm Uncoated

Uncoated paper means you can write away without worrying about smudging. Our cheapest paper option is ideal for business stationery printing on a large scale. If your business 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. Ideal for letterheads and compliment slips.

 


160gsm Uncoated

Our thickest option – that’ll still go through your printer easily – is great for special letters to send to your biggest clients. This is also a fantastic choice for a compliment slip; its quality shows the extra effort you’ve gone to.

 


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.


300gsm Ice Gold

Our ice gold is a shimmery type of paper with a very slight gold pearlescent finish. It’s great for wedding invitations and personalised Christmas card printing. Write on this with a ball-point pen.


350gsm Silk

Our premium silk paper is great for silky-touch cards. As one of our thickest available paper types, it’s fantastic for celebrating all special occasions from Birthdays to graduations. Write on this with a ball-point pen.

 

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 texture make it 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 is great for 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, Ice Gold is perfect for adding glamour to your big day. Available in:

  • RSVPs
  • Save the dates
  • Wedding invites

 

280gsm Kraft

Give your wedding stationery a rustic, homemade look with our stunning Kraft options. Earthy-brown in colour, it works best with minimal design and black, simple fonts. 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 minimal 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. Available on:

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

 

 

 

We hope this outline of our main types of paper for printing gives you a better idea of what your print 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 over the phone. 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.