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Printing Paper 101

Printing Paper 101

Selecting the appropriate type of paper is essential when printing documents in your business. Let’s take a look into the differences between printing paper options and the importance of choosing the right type for your printing needs.


Printer Paper vs. Copy Paper


Printer paper and copy paper are two terms often mistaken for one another, however there are some distinct differences between the two. Though both can be used to print your everyday documents, understanding the differences between them can optimise your printing results. 


Copy paper is thinner and therefore more cost-effective, making it suitable for everyday printing tasks. On the other hand, printer paper has a smoother surface that makes for higher-quality prints. This is ideal for documents with images or those requiring a professional finish.


Types of Printer Paper


Regular Matte Paper: The most commonly used type of paper. Best for everyday jobs, the regular matte paper has a smooth texture that absorbs ink efficiently and minimizes smudging.


Glossy Paper: This paper has a shiny finish which enhances colour vibrancy, making it perfect for printing high-quality photographs and images.


Bright White Paper: Extra smooth with a vibrant white coating, this paper elevates the look of documents making it look more professional, especially documents that include photos.


Photo Paper: Designed specifically for printing photographs, photo paper typically features a glossy side and a matte finish on the other for optimal image quality.


Heavyweight Paper: This type of paper includes materials like cardstock. This paper is thicker than regular printing paper, making it suitable for printing jobs that require more durable materials and/or a more premium feel such as with greeting cards.


Inkjet Paper: Made specifically for inkjet printers, this type of paper is made to be used with liquid ink. This paper is best for desktop printing tasks.


Understanding the differences in printer paper can make your print jobs stand out visually and leave better quality impressions on your clients and colleagues. By understanding and being informed about these differences, you can generally print better-looking documents, whether you require everyday copy paper or speciality paper for professional printing projects. Keep in mind that different printers and printer types can accommodate different paper sizes, so be sure to check which paper size is suited for your device.


Need more guidance on choosing the right printing supplies? Contact Tricomas today for more details on all your printing solutions!