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Paper Stock Guide

a0 = 841mm 1189mm
a1 = 594mm 841mm
a2 = 420mm 594mm
a3 = 297mm 420mm
a4 = 210mm 297mm
a5 = 148mm 210mm
a6 = 105mm 148mm
a7 = 74mm 105mm
a8 = 52mm 74mm
a9 = 37mm 52mm
a10 = 26mm 37mm


Finish: The finish of a paper is it's surface texture. Uncoated and coated paper have different surface textures.

  • Wove or Smooth - A smooth uncoated surface.
  • Laid - A paper that is manufactured with textured lines on its surface. This finish is used mostly for business stationery elements, like letterhead, envelopes and business cards.
  • Linen - Similar to a laid finish, this paper has textured lines on the surface of the sheet, but they are finer and more regular than those that appear on a laid finish stock. This paper is also used frequently for business stationery.
  • Laser - A paper that is guaranteed to be compatible with laser printers.
  • Coated - A paper with a waxy finish (shiny or matte).
  • Uncoated - A paper with an untreated surface that is dull and unreflective.
  • Coated One Side (C1S) - A cover stock that has a coating on one side and is dull on the reverse side.
  • Coated Two Sides (C2S) - A cover stock that has a coating on both sides.

Weight: The weight of a paper refers to its thickness and is measured in pounds (#). The higher the number, the more (equivalent) weight a paper has (the thicker/heavier the paper).

Opacity: A paper's opacity is determined by its weight, ingredients and absorbency. A paper's opacity determines how much printing will show through on the reverse side of a sheet. Opacity is expressed in terms of it's percentage of reflection. Complete opacity is 100% and complete transparency is 0%.

Brightness: The brightness of a sheet of paper measures the percentage of a wavelength of blue light it reflects. The brightness of a piece of paper is typically expressed on a scale of 1 to 100 with 100 being the brightest. Most papers reflect 60-90% of light. The brightness of a paper affects readability, the perception of ink color and the contrast between light and dark hues.



80gsm (suited for photocopying and manuals)
100gsm (suited for Letterheads and manuals)
120gsm (thicker Letterhead stock or double sided prints)
130gsm (suited for flyers,folded brochures and booklets)
150gsm (suited for flyers,folded brochures and booklets)
200gsm (suited for brochures, very light card stock)
250gsm (suited for promo cards and folded cards)
300gsm (suited for card type jobs - folders, diecut boxes, etc)
350gsm (suited for business cards and postcards)


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