Whats the best paper choice for printing your books, sales pieces or technical publications: coated or uncoated?
speaking, coated papers are those containing a mixture of pigments (such as
clay or calcium carbonate) and binding agents (like starch and latex) that have
been applied to the surface during the papermaking process.
The purpose of this coating is to help fill in the peaks and valleys of the paper to provide a smooth, flat printing surface.
papers fall roughly into four categories: matte, dull, silk (which is less
common) and gloss.
The difference between the four is supercalendering, the process of passing the newly coated paper through a series of rapidly rotating stainless steel rollers to polish the papers surface.
put, matte finish papers are coated, but not supercalendered; gloss finish
papers are. Dull finish papers are very lightly supercalendered.
Matte and dull finish papers have, as the name implies, a relatively dull surface. Silk coated paper is a low gloss sheet with a smooth surface and silky feel.
Gloss finish papers have a shiny surface. Glossy is sometimes used to refer to all coated papers. This term is a misnomer and should be avoided.
Following are a few more points to ponder when specifying a coated paper stock.
Copresco clients prefer uncoated papers for their digitally printed projects.
Uncoated sheetsavailable in a wide selection of colors and finishes offer a warmer, more natural look and feel than coated stocks. The nonglare surface provides effortless reading.
clients most frequently specify 50# and 60# uncoated offset papers.
Overnight Lite is printed on an uncoated paper that gives us vibrant colors with crisp blacks for our photos and cartoons as well as laser-sharp text.
The 70# sheet meets postal regulations for the self-mailing piece.
Our TechTopics technical bulletins are printed on a 65# uncoated cover stock. This sturdy sheet provides the rigidity needed for three-hole drilling and the included tab divider.
fact of which you must be aware is that coated papers are heavier than uncoated
For example, a 100# gloss sheet has the same thickness as a 60# uncoated sheet, but has 67% more weight.
gain the benefits of both types of paper by printing sections of your project
with photos and graphics on a coated stock and placing these sections between
the regular text chapters of your publication.
Unlike conventional printings rigid confinement to signatures, digital printing gives you the freedom to mix and match to your hearts content.
You can place your photos and illustrations exactly in the right spots with your text pages.
Finally, remember that neither coated nor uncoated book paper is better. The better paper is the one best suited to the task at hand.
Coprescos production staff has extensive
knowledge about paper and will help you make the right choice for your project.
We can give you printed samples on different papers to help you make the right
So, dont delay. Call the digital ondemand printing leader today.
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