There are many types of printing papers in the market these days. The common thing about them is that almost anything can be printed on them, while the difference that exists is that they might be used for different types of printing or else as per the requirements of the market or the client.
A few basics about paper must be understood to know what type will suit your purpose. Papers can be coated or uncoated, which means they have different textures. Uncoated is pressed between metal rollers, called calendared, which gives it vellum, antique, rough or smooth surfaces. Coated paper has textures that vary from being rough (matte) to smooth (dull), and then to smoothest (glossy). The smoother the paper is, the more ink will be able to stand on it and not smudged or absorbed by the material.
Different types of businesses will use the type of paper that is most suitable for their content. Commonly used printing paper types are mentioned below with a little description of each one of them.
Matte paper looks dull and grainy. It is usually used in businesses where the final printed document should be non-glare and non-glossy, which makes it look subtly stylish. It is available in many different shapes and sizes, and one can choose the most suitable type. Other types of matte papers include photo quality matte, double sided, semi matte, and premium grade.
Glossy paper, as the name suggests, is glossy, meaning it is lively. As colors seem more vibrant on glossy surface than on matte paper, glossy paper is suited all around. It can be used for printing multi coloured images, or to make any kind of text or a design to look elegant. Glossy paper is used when precision is most important. Because of this, when images are to be printed, glossy paper is the first choice for most printing companies.
Iron on Transfer is used to print images as well as objects on dark fabrics. The images can be printed by the use of an opaque inkjet transfer paper, and then they can be transferred on to the required surface. Iron on transfer paper lasts for a long time and is mostly used in printing presses. The most known example is the images that are printed on shirts.
Photographic paper is coated with some sort of shiny substance and is specifically designed to print digital photographs. It is used in inkjet and laser printers to print digital images. It is best used for high quality photo prints. This kind of paper has a high usability in printing companies and hence the demand for photographic paper is always high. The price of photographic paper is economical, because it is competitive; this makes it easier for different types of firms to benefit from it.
All the different types of papers come with a variety of different shapes and sizes. The cost of printing will depend on the size of and the colors that are included in the printing to be done.