What’s the best paper for your printing needs? [Infographic]

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Your job can often determine the types of printing challenges you face – and the type of paper you should choose to overcome those challenges.


When you are working to tight timescales on behalf of your clients, paper quality is key.

A professional finish is imperative, but profit margins also need to be maximized.

High-quality double-sided printing is a particular challenge – how do you ensure quality results, while also allowing for high volume print runs which need to be completed quickly?

  • Look for a paper with high-quality fibers that allow for good cutting quality.
  • The surface properties of the paper should be suitable for high volume print jobs to eliminate the problem of ink runs for faster printing when working to tight deadlines.
  • Color documents can use a paper with a weight of 120gsm.
  • For handouts and promotional printing jobs an office card with a weight of 160gsm might be more suitable.


If you are working in a busy office with high volumes of office printing for internal use, economy is key.

However, you can’t economize to the extent that poor quality fibers are used – this can result in post-printing curl, excess printing waste, and even problems printing such as torn paper and blocked rollers.

  • Choosing a good quality but lighter weight paper helps to balance the need for economy with the need for quality results – 75gsm to 80gsm should be fine for general office printing.
  • Opt for an ecological alternative using recycled sources where possible: do your bit for the environment and enhance your company’s green credentials.


If your challenge isn’t economies of scale but, rather, building a brand, you have the freedom to opt for a thicker, higher-quality paper.

  • To make the best impression, aim for a paper that offers a high-quality tactile sensation – look for papers with special engineered smooth finishes.
  • Good quality fibers and optimized stiffness will help to ensure efficient printing and eliminate post-printing curl – even for duplex printing jobs where both sides are printed.
  • Most documents will be fine using 90gsm or 100gsm weight paper.
  • For high-quality personalized printouts, business cards, invitations, and postcards, choose a 120gsm weight paper.


Printing a magazine run – even when segmented into different print runs tailored to different market segments – requires a high-volume approach to printing.

Economy is important – without the false economy of poor quality paper that can result in wastage, botched jobs, or poor-quality finishes.

The increased technological capabilities of the new digital presses are perfect for delivering labor savings and cost-efficient larger print runs.

Database-driven print runs using digital presses can deliver mass personalization of printed materials – even in larger runs that it wouldn’t have been possible to personalize previously.

  • The ideal paper weight for a publication or magazine is 80gsm or 90gsm.
  • For a thicker more tactile sensation, ideal for high-end sectors, opt instead for a 100gsm weight paper.
  • Look for a paper with a finish that has been optimized for the new digital presses.
Professionals and companies are working at a much faster pace, always looking for more efficiency and greater competitiveness. Knowing the best paper features suitable for your need, undoubtedly, will make your work stand out.