The Paper Choice
Choosing the right paper for your printed media can be tricky. Paper tells about the function of the product, it’s feeling and quality. Therefore it’s a crucial part of the overall experience of your final product. Best of all is to start thinking about the choice of paper even before you start your work on the computer, not only to get the feeling right but also because of printing issues and costs. You can then optimize the production and design according to the paper of your choice. Make sure to check our examples as well. Here are some of the things to keep in mind about the use of paper for your printed media production.
To choose between the function and quality of a paper isn’t easy. Sometimes you’ll find a paper that you really want to work with, but in the end you realize that if you choose it, the production cost will go up significantly. This is usually just a concern when you work with a bigger production and need a lot of paper, then the price will escalate quickly. But even smaller projects can have problems with cost, especially if you choose unusual inks or post processing methods. So choosing a paper that’s cheap, but still good for your product, can be tricky. It’s therefore recommended that in the beginning of your project, you take your time and think though a few issues.
Even with a 400% colour application there is no risk of setting off from the paper. At a speed of 15,000 sheets per hour Kaartjes.be can now apply 100 per cent high gloss or very matt UV varnish of a quality that was previously only possible with screen printing. And the fifth tower also makes it possible to create a spectacular matt and gloss effect. The advantage for the customer is that high-quality printed material with a high gloss and matt effect is produced at a much lower cost than with screen printing.
Coated or uncoated?
The decision to use either coated or uncoated paper is probably the one choice that will affect the overall feeling of your product the most. So choose carefully. Coated papers have china clay or other kinds of coating applied to one or both sides. It comes in a variety of smoothness, like matte, semi-matte or silk, and gloss.
All of the above except matte coated papers are usually best for printing photographs and other kinds of art. Why is that? Because of the paper quality the ink in the printer doesn’t get absorbed by the paper fibers but stays at the top. This gives brighter colors and the paper a somewhat glossy finish.