Our paper range

Just as every great painting deserves a frame, every great story, recipe, booklet, or flyer deserves to be printed on the perfect paper.

On this page, you’ll find all the information you need to help select the right paper type and weight for your next project.

THE PERFECT
FINISH

Choose your finish

Gloss
This is a coated paper with a high shine. The printed colours are bright and vivid, making it ideal for displaying images and photographs in colour.
Silk
This is a coated paper that has a satin finish with a slight sheen. It makes printed colours appear bright and well defined. Suitable for items which contain text and pictures, a silk finish is always good for readability and is our most popular choice.
Uncoated
Unlike gloss or silk, this paper does not have a coating, giving it a soft finish. The ink sinks into the paper, giving colour a more understated appearance. An uncoated paper stock is great for stationery or postcards, as it’s easy to write on and has a prestigious look and feel.
Natural
This is an uncoated paper that has all the characteristics of uncoated, but has not been treated to make it as white as possible. Instead, it has a natural off-white colour.
Recycled
As the name suggests, this consists of 100% recycled used paper. As well as saving the trees, recycled paper also saves more than 70% of the energy and water used in traditional paper production. It has a natural look with a high whiteness.
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THE PERFECT
WEIGHT

A brief guide to paper weight

What is ‘gsm’
‘GSM’ is an acronym standing for ‘Grams per Square Meter’. Quite simply, the higher the GSM number, the heavier the paper.
90 – 115gsm
This weight of paper is lightweight and good if you’re on a tight budget or sending your prints through the post (the paper is lighter, so the postage will be less).
Most magazine pages are printed within this range. Letterheads tend to be printed around 115gsm.
130 – 170gsm
This paper weight is our most popular range. At 130gsm you no longer get ‘show through’ – where you see print from the other side of the page.
This range can be used for self-cover brochures or magazines, as the paper is strong enough to support the stitching.
250 – 450gsm
This paper is thick and has a more premium feel. It’s perfect for covers, certificates and makes for premium flyers and leaflets.
Paper in this range can be laminated, but it can only be folded if it’s scored first.
THE PERFECT
SIZE

A brief guide to paper size

Our products are displayed in standard A sizes and a range of the most common and popular sizes.

But if your project calls for something a little bit different, that’s absolutely fine! Contact us and we’ll provide you with a quote for a custom size.

Size Width (mm) Height (mm)
A0 841 1189
A1 594 841
A2 420 594
A3 297 420
A4 210 297
A5 148 210
A6 105 148
A7 74 105

Special sizes

Size Width (mm) Height (mm)
DL 99 210
Square - 210 210 210
Square - 148 148 148
Square - 120 120 120
Square - 105 105 105
Custom size 105 297
Custom size 210 280

Special book sizes

Size Width (mm) Height (mm)
Novel 203 127
Standard 197 132
Demy 216 138
US Royal 229 152
Royal 234 156
Square - 210 210 210

Our range & suitability

We offer a wide range of paper weights, but not all options are suitable for every product. You may find that some are unavailable, depending on what you have selected.

There are also different printing technologies to consider. For instance, Litho and Digital each use a paper with specific qualities suited to it. As such, you may see a difference in the paper if you have an order that is printed using both methods.

And then there’s uncoated paper, which can be used for overprinting. However Digital uncoated paper cannot be overprinted on with a desktop printer. That’s why all of our Letterheads are printed using the Litho method.

Upgrading

Every now and again we will have a different paper to what is advertised on the website (for example, 180gsm instead of 170gsm). It may also be the case that when we come to print an order, we find that the particular paper weight is not in stock.

Rather than delaying your order, we will often print it on the nearest weight up. This is called ‘Upgrading’ and is quite common in the industry. Most of the time it is not an issue, however if it’s something that is being posted (such as a newsletter), upgrading the paper can affect the postage cost.

If paper weight is of great importance to your order, please let us know before we go to print.

We do not charge you extra if we need to upgrade your paper, and we never downgrade paper.

Variations

Paper is a natural product, supplied from the mill in batches. As a consequence of this, there can be variations in weight and thickness from one batch to another. This can result in paper that is up to 10gsm heavier or lighter.

We may also buy our paper from different merchants at different times, again leading to small variations in our paper stock.

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