What Type Of Paper Does Your Project Need?

When people think of paper, the majority of us immediately think about of copy paper i.e. the paper used in printers and copiers. While copy paper is versatile and can be used for multiple different projects, there are times when a different type of paper will fit the task better. Let’s take a broad look at the types of paper available from a paper distributor.

Coated Book Paper

Coated book paper is comprised of individual sheets of paper that are best suited for use as calendars, catalogs, magazines, and posters. Coated paper has a coating on it that prevents the ink from being absorbed into the paper like it would on copy paper. The advantage of this coating is that it produces more vibrant colors and sharper detailed pictures.

Coated book paper is available in a range of finishes depending on your needs. They range from the shiniest paper, gloss, to dull, to silk, and finally matte which is the least reflective of the finishes.

Uncoated Book Paper

Uncoated paper does not have a coating over it, and allows more ink to be absorbed into the paper fibers, giving prints a softer and warmer appearance. Just like coated paper, it comes in various finishes such as smooth, all the way to crepe paper, and copy paper.

Uncoated paper is most often used in craft and art projects, or in prints where texture and a 3D quality to the paper is valued over any prints that appear on them.

Graphical Board Paper

Graphical board paper is a type of paperboard, and is one that not many people think to use, but is great for a range of applications varying from greeting cards to book covers and crafts. Board paper is thicker than traditional paper, which makes it difficult to use with home printers as it does not flex as easily as other paper. It does see a lot of use in commercial items as its thickness makes the paper more rigid and harder to damage. The education sector has used board paper for years as its rigidity lends itself well to craft projects.

Synthetic Paper

We all know where paper comes from, paper comes from trees, but there is a paper type that’s made without the use of tree pulp, known as synthetic paper. Synthetic paper is made by using a resin that is a byproduct of petroleum production. Synthetic paper was designed to look, feel, and act like traditional paper, but have the durability of plastics. Synthetic paper has very similar properties as plastic in that it can be grease and water resistant and is more difficult to tear, while still being able to print on.

Synthetic paper is used in a number of industries and excels in being used as packaging and label production as well as medical and chemical applications. Synthetic paper is more resistant to yellowing, which gives a longer effective lifespan. Hospitals have begun adopting synthetic arm bands for patients, as they are cheaper and as sturdy as the older plastic type.

Of course, paper types are only one variable when choosing the paper, the other variables being the papers properties, such as weight, size and finishes. For all your paper needs and paper related questions look no further than Woodland Paper, where we focus on people, processes, and paper. In that order!