How to Choose the Correct Inkjet Paper

by Rich on October 19, 2009

Choosing the right paper for a project can make a big difference in the final result of your printed project. With so many choices available, it can be tough to pick exactly the thing that will make your project pop and finish with a professional touch.

A lot of people consider card stock to be their go-to option when they want a paper sturdier than regular printing paper. It is ideal for scrapbooking pages, but should not be used to print photos. Cardstock is heavy and thick, so it will not bend or tear as easily as a lighter weight paper. It also comes in a wide variety of colours.

Eco paper is a great option if using sustainable products is important to you. A lot of people would rather not print at all, but if the need arises, you can choose a paper made from recycled materials. When choosing an eco paper, be sure to shop with a company that offers information about how their paper is made. There is no use in buying recycled paper if the company is otherwise irresponsible about the environment. Do your research so you can make the right choice.

If you are reproducing print images like photos you will want to choose digital paper. This will help cut down on the fuzz or blurring that regular paper fibers can create. A lot of photo image paper is glossy, but you can find matte photo paper too, which is especially good for black and white photos. Images that are not photographs will also print well on digital paper.

If you are shopping for coloured paper, you will find that it comes in a variety of weights and textures. You can often shop by shade or by paper category. Try to shop with a company that offers true colour match so you are sure to get what you are ordering. This is especially true if you plan to purchase your paper online. Take into consideration the colour of your settings when purchasing coloured paper online. Also view the print on the paper to be sure the colour of the font and the colour of the paper do not hurt your eyes.

Metallic and translucent papers are often expensive but can add a nice touch to special projects. If you are printing on vellum, take special care to let the ink dry before handling the paper. Metallic paper may take a bit longer to dry as well. Vellum papers are sometimes thinner than regular cardstock, and metallic paper is often the same thickness, or thicker, of cardstock. Both can be very sturdy and liven up any project.

Security paper is available for contracts, prescriptions, and wills. This paper is not able to be copied, and it sometimes features a custom watermark. You will typically only use this paper in special circumstances. Be sure to check the manufacturer instructions so you can program your computer settings properly when using security paper.

The right paper choice can make all the difference when finishing a project. Do not let your hard work and effort go to waste by using the wrong paper. Sample different styles, textures, and colours, and decide which paper choice will work best for you.

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