Jargon Buster
Print Jargon Busted: Paper Finishes

Understanding the different types of paper finishes available can be a minefield for those not familiar with the print industry. Each type comes with its own benefits and can impact the overall quality of your printed material. When choosing which type of paper to use for your marketing material, it is valuable to understand the differences between them.  As recognised print experts, Lemon Press, can help you.

Knowing the differences will help you make an informed decision on the paper finish that is best suited to your requirements. We will be able to advise on the best paper finish for the job as well as the grain and weight of the paper.  Let’s take a look at some of the types of paper finishes that can be used.

Uncoated Paper

Uncoated paper is the most common form of paper and is ideal for use in laser printers and photocopiers. This is the preferred paper type for business stationery, but is also a popular choice amongst companies who want to give a natural feel to their printed material due to its slightly grainy texture.

Coated Paper

The paper is coated with an agent to enhance brightness, the coating fills the pits between the fibres in the base paper giving it a smooth, flat surface which can improve the opacity, lustre and colour absorption ability. Coated paper is a popular choice for glossy artwork in brochures, menus and leaflets.

Laid Paper

Laid paper is a premium quality paper that is textured in patterns such as parallel lines. Laid paper is commonly used for prestigious business stationery.

Recycled Paper

Made from renewable or reusable paper pulp, recycled paper comes in many forms including part and fully recycled. Recycled paper is generally an off white colour, which enhances its sustainable qualities. This type of paper finish tends to be more expensive than others, unless purchased in large quantities.

Pulp board

Made completely from chemical wood pulp, pulp board is a matt uncoated board available in white or tinted and ranging from 200 micron thickness to 750 micron. Pulp board might be used for food packaging, paperback covers, brochures and greeting cards.


Pulp print paper contains a small percentage of chemical wood pulp, with a GSM of 45-50. Newsprint is aptly named as it is mainly used in the print of newspapers.

Bond Paper

Bond paper is a high quality durable writing paper with a weight greater than 50 GSM. Bond paper is the most common type of uncoated paper, is also known as uncoated wove paper. Bond paper is a popular choice for business stationery due to its compatibility with fax machines, laser printers and photocopiers.

Bank Paper

Bank paper is a thin strong writing paper similar to bond paper; bank paper has a weight less than 50 GSM and is often used for business stationery.

Wove Paper

Wove paper is similar to laid paper but without the textured pattern, again this is a common choice for business stationery and has a more contemporary feel over laid paper.

If you would like to know more about paper finishes or would like to discuss your printing requirements, please contact us on 01527 510262 or email info@nulllemonpress.co.uk


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