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What are the Common Paper in Printing Industry? What are the Common Paper in Printing Industry?

This article mainly introduces the characteristics, uses, weight, advantages and disadvantages of common paper for printing.
1. Coated paper/Art paper
Features: Coated paper, also known as coated printing paper, is a high-grade printing paper made of base paper coated with white paint. It is mainly used for printing the covers and illustrations of high-end books and periodicals, color pictures, exquisite product advertisements, samples, packaging, trademarks, etc. In general, choose coated paper if you want rich colors and intricate patterns.
Standard classification: Coated paper can be divided into single-sided coated paper, double-sided coated paper, matte coated paper and cloth coated paper. According to the quality can be divided into A, B and C.
Standard weight: Weight of coated paper include 70, 80, 105, 128, 157, 180, 200, 230, 250, 300, 400, 450 g, etc.
Pros: The paper is very color-absorbing so that the color is pretty bright, and the color reproduction is high. It is mainly used for photos, landscapes and some color postcards. It can be covered with a film, and the raw material of the paper is very smooth and very textured.
Cons: The handwriting should not be dry, as it is too smooth, so it is easy to erase what was written with pens and fountain pens (gel pens), and altered postmarks and stamps are also erased immediately.

2.Matte paper
Features: Matte paper, formally known as matte coated paper. It is less reflective in sunlight than coated paper. Generally speaking, matte paper is thinner, whiter, and harder than copperplate. Unlike coated paper, it is easily deformed.
Daily use: High-end product albums, products showing an elegant and simple style (such as musical instruments, calligraphy and paintings, antiques, etc.), or magazines and collectibles with photos or illustrations, etc. Do not pay attention to the effect of display brightness.
Standard weight: The weight of matte paper includes 105, 128, 157, 200, 250 and 300 g.
Pros: It's easy to paint. The front side is equivalent to a paper jam.
Cons: It's very soft. 300g matte paper has the same hardness as 250g cardboard.

3. White cardboard
Features: Single-layer or multi-layer combined paper, made entirely of bleached chemical pulp, with a full-size weight of more than 150 g/㎡. This paperboard has the characteristics of high smoothness, good hardness, neat appearance, and good flatness.
Typical uses: business card printing, certificates, invitations, covers, calendars and postcards.
Standard weight: The weight of white cardboard are 200, 250, 300, 350, 400 g, etc.
Pros: It’s thick and hard enough. In the same gram of paper, the hardness of cardboard is very high. People who like thick cardstock will really like this paper. Its color brightness is no less than that of coated paper.
Cons: Easy to scratch. From printing to writing and everyday contact, it's easy to scratch the front ugly. Generally, high-grade cardboard will be covered with a film to prevent scratches. The unique black and dark colors leave marks when touched lightly.

4. Daolin paper
Features: "Daolin paper" should be properly named "offset paper" or "offset paper". Offset paper is a relatively advanced book printing paper, which requires high printing specific strength, expansion and surface strength. Its pH should also be close to neutral or slightly alkaline.
Typical application: Suitable for printing single-color or multi-color book covers, text, inserts, pictorials, maps, posters, color trademarks and various packaging products.
Standard weights: Daolin papers are available in 70, 80, 100 and 120 g.
Pros: Daolin paper has low elasticity, uniform ink absorption, good smoothness, dense and opaque texture, good whiteness, and strong water resistance.

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