Unsure about which paper thickness, finish and lamination option you should be choosing? Read our basic paper gsm guide to find out more.
What Is Paper GSM?
GSM stands for grams per square meter. Generally speaking, the higher the gsm, the thicker the paper.
Lower gsm paper tends to be used for newspapers, religious texts and local phone books and 80 – 90gsm is standard office paper.
Paper Weight (GSM) Guide
Which Paper Thickness Do I Need?
80gsm Paper Thickness
This is our lowest paper thickness and is often chosen as a low cost option for home or office printers.
We currently stock 80gsm in five colours: deep red, blue, cream, green and yellow.
90gsm Paper Thickness
90gsm is widely used as office paper. 90gsm is our lowest white paper thickness, commonly used for black and white printing.
100gsm Paper Thickness
100gsm is our standard white paper stock for colour printing. It is often used for letters, compliment slips, forms and surveys etc.
120gsm Paper Thickness
120gsm paper is a better quality option offering less transparency. Its good for professional documents such as reports, presentations, CVs etc.
160gsm Paper Thickness
160gsm bridges the gap between paper and card. It is a thicker paper option offering extra durability. Ideal stock for brochures and quality flyers.
170gsm Paper Thickness
170gsm silk paper is used for our large format posters (A0 to A3 size). 170gsm gloss is a popular choice for leaflets, calendars, placemats and more.
200gsm Paper Thickness
200gsm paper is heavier stock ideal for document covers.
250gsm - 280gsm Paper Thickness
250/280gsm is thicker still and commonly used for postcards, greetings cards, invitations and brochure/booklet covers etc.
300gsm - 350gsm Paper Thickness
300gsm is classified as board stock and is perfect for business cards, loyalty cards, appointment cards, book marks and other print jobs requiring a thick or luxury finish.
It is also commonly used for document and brochure covers, including paperback books.
Paper Finish Guide – Matt vs. Gloss vs. Silk
Matt paper is the most popular type of home or office paper. It is used for a wide range of printing from letters and forms to essays, corporate stationery and more. It is easy to write on and does not reflect light.
Gloss paper is often used for colour printing and is a good choice for photo printing. It is smooth to touch and shiny. However due to the reflective nature of the paper, it can show fingerprints more easily than matt paper.
It is commonly used for magazines, brochures and flyers.
A silk finish is essentially half way between matt and gloss its smooth to touch and less reflective. Its a great all-rounder.
It is a popular choice for brochures, leaflets and posters.
Lamination – Matt vs. Gloss
Matt lamination helps improve durability and enhance the look of your product.
It is currently available for document covers and posters.
Similarly to matt lamination, gloss lamination is available for both document covers and posters.
It helps enhance the colour and provides extra durability for your print.
Questions about paper weight, finish or lamination? Get in touch with us at [email protected].