PAPER WEIGHT / THICKNESS
Paper weight also known as 'bond' is one of the terms used to describe a paper stock, although the most commonly used term when it comes to printing is 'GSM' ( grams per square meter ).
Quite simply it means the higher the 'GSM' number the thicker and heavier the paper stock is.
To give you an idea 70 gsm paper is what you typically buy for use in your home printer, 90 gsm is slightly heavier / thicker and the most common paper stock used by companies to print letter heads on.
Moving up in the 'GSM' numbers 105 gsm & upwards is what flyers & brochures are printed on.
130 gsm is probably the most popular choice of paper weight used to print 2 sided flyers and brochures such as tri-folds as it is a medium quality paper weight / thickness while still being cost effective.
Some people or depending on the business require to have a slightly higher quality / thickness still and choose 160 gsm.
Paper weights / thicknesses from 250 gsm & upwards are typically what Business cards are made from, the most popular choice globally is 300 gsm as it has a good quality to it without being too flimsy or too rigid.
Matte or Mat lamination is a process where a a slim plastic film layer is added on top of the printed paper stock. Matte meaning just that, it is a matte finish and semi dull not glossy and shiny.
The benefits of adding Matte lamination include protecting the paper stock making it semi water resistant, adding a matte laminate coating also gives a smoother higher quality feel to the paper stock as well as making it feel thicker and more substantial in the hand.
80% of all our customers prefer to use matte laminated Business cards.
Gloss Lamination gives a more shiny glossy like finish to the paper stock it is applied enhancing eye popping colors but can reflect in bright lights.
Don't know the difference between paper sizes such as A3, A4 and A5?
Don't worry we have put, together this size chart to help you with the different paper size codes and their dimensions.