Exotic Papers

Oct 26, 2010 No Comments

If you have a few extra dollars to spend and want to make a more dynamic visual impression on your audience, you can consider a specialty sheet. When choosing specialty papers take into account the finishing necessary to complete the project. Aspire petallics This is a line of metallic colored papers (including a digital) available [...]

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Commodity Grades Save Money

Oct 26, 2010 No Comments

For those who must work miracles with small budgets here’s a suggestion when you’re looking for a low-cost invitation or announcement package. While text grades like Mohawk, Strathmore and Classic Crest offer first-rate quality sheets, your budget may not be able to withstand the higher cost. Consider a sheet like Cougar or Finch Opaque, for [...]

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Paperweight

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Basis weight In printer lingo, the term “weight” describes the bulk or thickness of one sheet of paper, or more accurately its basis weight. When you hear, “Oh, it’s an 80 lb cover,” or “the text is only 60 lb, we should go with a heavier weight, maybe 70 or 80 lb,” you’ll recognize these [...]

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Thickness

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Paper thickness by grade Thicknesses shown below are approximate and may vary from mill to mill) Note that uncoated papers with the similar basis weights will bulk more than their coated counterparts, i.e., 80 lb coated cover mics at 8 points while 80 lb offset vellum cover mics at 10.5 points. The same holds true [...]

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Duplex

Oct 22, 2010 No Comments

Duplex, there’s a word you probably have heard but aren’t sure where. How about from your copy machine … the “duplex” option that allows you to copy BOTH sides of a sheet? Well that’s pretty much what it means in the paper business – in this case it describes laminated sheets that are different in [...]

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Glossary

Oct 22, 2010 No Comments

There are hundreds of terms that describe various aspects of the paper trade. Here are some of the more commonly used terms. Basic weight: the weight of a ream of paper in basis size (e.g. 500 sheets of sub. 80 book paper in its basis size, 25” x 38”, weighs 80 bs.) Bond paper: a [...]

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The Basics

Oct 22, 2010 No Comments

Paper dummy Here’s a very interesting reverse play on words. Instead of looking foolish and stupid, this kind of dummy makes you look smart! We’re talking of course about a paper dummy, a mock-up of the finished printed piece. And this kind of dummy is practically a mandatory that every print buyer should see at [...]

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