How many times have your customers asked, “What’s the best paper to use for this project?” To answer this question, you need an understanding of the various paper types and their strengths and weaknesses. Below, we examine some common uncoated paper categories and their popular uses.
What is Uncoated Paper?
All paper is classified into two categories: uncoated and coated. At the risk of pointing out the obvious, uncoated paper has not been treated with a glossy or shiny finish. Therefore, uncoated paper is not as smooth as coated paper and tends to be more porous and absorbent of ink. It is best suited for writing or printing papers, whereas coated paper is better for sharp, crisp images (more information on coated paper to come in our next Paper 101 post).
Uncoated Paper Categories and Uses
Now that we have established what uncoated paper is, let’s look at some of the common uncoated paper categories and popular uses for each.
Uncoated offset – This type of paper is the workhorse of uncoated paper in large part because of its surface strength and resistance to picking or tearing. Uncoated offset is ideal for direct mail.
- Opaque – So named because of its high opacity and brightness, opaque papers allow for better print quality at a slightly higher cost than offset, and is best used for marketing collateral or other projects where heavy ink coverage is involved.
- Bond – Perhaps the most familiar type of uncoated paper, bond is widely used in today’s business world as letterhead and copy paper. Bond paper gets its name from its first intended use in government bonds.
- Text/Cover – This type of uncoated paper is available in a large range of weights and colors (think card stock). Its common uses include greeting cards, business cards, brochures and high-end specialty applications.
- Newsprint – This type of uncoated paper is manufactured from groundwood (mechanical) pulp and as the name suggests, is used for the printing of newspapers.
- Index – One of the smoothest finishes available for uncoated papers, index papers are stiff and tough. Index papers are commonly used for posters and greeting cards.
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