Selecting the Right Paper

Choosing the right paper for your printing job can be an arduous task if you're not in the printing business. This page lists all of our papers with a brief description to help make the paper selection process an easier one. If you still have questions after reviewing this page then please contact us.

Cover Paper Finish & Color Comparison

Select Cover Finish Type / Color:

Cover Smooth

Cover Smooth finish includes the 65#, 80#, 100#, and 16pt cover stocks. This paper offers a smooth finish, much like a matte paper, and is also the brightest white of all the standard cover papers. Depending on the level of ink coverage, you can sometimes see the paper texture in the printed image. For this reason, gloss papers are usually recommended for the best photo reproduction.

Cover Gloss

Cover Gloss finish includes 65#, 80#, 100#, and 16pt cover stocks. This paper is gloss coated on both sides and offers a smooth uniform surface for printing. For this reason, it is often recommended for use with projects that have a lot of photos or ink coverage. While this is a gloss coated paper, it is not a high gloss, so it has a duller finish than the high gloss C1S cover stock.

12pt High Gloss C1S Cover

The 12pt high gloss C1S (coated one side) cover stock offers a beautiful high gloss coating on one side and an uncoated surface on the other. The high gloss side really reflects the light in unprinted areas or where the white of the paper shows through. The uncoated side has a similar finish to the cover laser white cover stocks. The high gloss coating on one side makes this paper ideal for postcards and book covers.

8pt Waterproof Cover

This synthetic waterproof paper is only available in 8pt, which is similar in weight to the 65# cover stocks. That being said, this is the most durable paper that we offer. Not only is it waterproof but it is also tear resistant. This makes it perfect for restaurant menus or book covers / pages that go through a lot of wear & tear. This paper features a super smooth finish so you don't have to worry about seeing paper fibers or texture in the print.

Linen Cover - Natural

The 100# natural color linen cover features an off white / ivory color tone and raised paper fibers which provide a unique look and feel to the paper.

Linen Cover - White

The 100# white color linen cover features a bright white color tone and raised paper fibers which provide a unique look and feel to the paper.

Metallic Cover - Beargrass

The 100# beargrass metallic cover features a slightly off white color tone and a faux metallic coating which gives this cover stock a unique shimmer when light is reflected off of it. Compared to the silver and gold metallic stocks, the beargrass will give you the best color reproduction.

Metallic Cover - Silver

The 100# silver metallic cover features a gray color tone and a faux metallic coating which gives this cover stock a unique shimmer when light is reflected off of it. Please note that the color of your artwork will change slightly when printing on a non-white stock.

Metallic Cover - Gold

The 100# gold metallic cover features a golden yellow color tone and a faux metallic coating which gives this cover stock a unique shimmer when light is reflected off of it. Please note that the color of your artwork will change slightly when printing on a non-white stock.

Ivory

The 65# ivory cover stock features a smooth finish like that of the cover laser white cover stocks. Please note that the color of your artwork will change slightly when printing on a non-white stock.

Blue

The 65# blue cover stock features a smooth finish like that of the cover laser white cover stocks. Please note that the color of your artwork will change slightly when printing on a non-white stock.

Bright Blue

The 65# bright blue cover stock features a smooth finish like that of the cover laser white cover stocks. Please note that the color of your artwork will change slightly when printing on a non-white stock.

Green

The 65# green cover stock features a smooth finish like that of the cover laser white cover stocks. Please note that the color of your artwork will change slightly when printing on a non-white stock.

Bright Green

The 65# bright green cover stock features a smooth finish like that of the cover laser white cover stocks. Please note that the color of your artwork will change slightly when printing on a non-white stock.

Xmas Green

The 65# xmas green cover stock features a smooth finish like that of the cover laser white cover stocks. Please note that the color of your artwork will change slightly when printing on a non-white stock.

Xmas Red

The 65# xmas red cover stock features a smooth finish like that of the cover laser white cover stocks. Please note that the color of your artwork will change slightly when printing on a non-white stock.

Bright Yellow

The 65# bright yellow cover stock features a smooth finish like that of the cover laser white cover stocks. Please note that the color of your artwork will change slightly when printing on a non-white stock.

Bright Orange

The 65# bright orange cover stock features a smooth finish like that of the cover laser white cover stocks. Please note that the color of your artwork will change slightly when printing on a non-white stock.
Please note: These photos of our prints are genuine but intended for comparison's sake only. Every screen and monitor may display color and brightness differently and this cannot be considered a 100% accurate portrayal of how your product will look in-hand.

Text Weight Papers

20/50# Bond

Finish: Smooth

This is your everyday printer paper. It has an attractive blue-white shade and is most commonly found in home printers. This paper is made for economical printing. Made with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) virgin fiber content and manufactured under alkaline (acid-free) conditions for increased longevity and performance.

20/50# Bond - Pastels

This bond paper comes in a variety of pastel colors. Choose from Blue, Yellow, Ivory, Green, Tan, Pink, and Salmon. Contains 30% recycled fiber.

24/60# Text Smooth

Finish: Smooth

This paper features a uniform surface for better resolution and higher opacity for less show-through than the 20/50# paper. If you are printing double sided we recommend not using any lighter paper than this. Made with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) virgin fiber content and manufactured under alkaline (acid-free) conditions for increased longevity and performance.

24/60# Text Smooth - Pastels / Brights

This bond paper comes in a variety of colors. Choose from Ivory, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, Bright Green, Bright Yellow, Bright Blue, Bright Orange, Xmas Green, and Xmas Red. Bright Blue, Bright Orange, Xmas Green, and Xmas Red are 30% post consumer recycled.

28/70# Text Smooth

Finish: Smooth

This paper is a great inbetween from the lighter weight papers and the higher quality 32/80# papers. The excellent opacity results in minimal show-through. Made with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) virgin fiber content and manufactured under alkaline (acid-free) conditions for increased longevity and performance.

28/70# Text Linen

Finish: Linen

This text weight paper is available in two colors: natural (off white) or brilliant white. The raised paper fibers of the linen texture give this paper a unique look and feel.

32/80# Text Smooth

Finish: Smooth

This is the highest grade text weight paper we carry. This paper features superb opacity for virtually no show-through. Made with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) virgin fiber content and manufactured under alkaline (acid-free) conditions for increased longevity and performance.

32/80# Text Gloss

Finish: Gloss

Featuring superior toner adhesion for better image reproduction that rivals offset printing. This paper is perfect for high-end marketing collateral, advertising, annual reports and photo books, short run catalogs and magazines, brochures and more. Manufactured in North America.

100# Text Gloss

Finish: Gloss

Heaviest text weight paper available. Gloss finish gives magazine like look and feel. Common for high-end brochures, pamphlets, and books and manuals, this paper is meant to hold up to abuse while looking and feeling exceptionally professional.

Cover Weight Papers

65# Cover Smooth

Finish: Smooth

The lightest of the cover weight (cardstock) papers, the 65# Cover Smooth features a balanced white shade and a smooth, uniform surface for better resolution. Excellent opacity for minimal show-through. This paper is excellent for thicker brochures and flyers where the 32/80# text weight papers are still too light for your project. Made with Total Chlorine Free (TCF) and Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) virgin fiber content. 10% post-consumer, Process Chlorine Free (PCF) and lignin-free fiber. Manufactured under alkaline (acid-free) conditions for increased longevity and performance.

65# Cover Gloss

Finish: Smooth

This is similar to the 65# Cover Smooth but has a slightly lighter feel and semi-gloss finish.

65# Cover Smooth - Pastels / Brights

This paper comes in a variety of colors. Choose from Ivory, Blue, Green, Bright Yellow, Bright Green, Bright Blue, Bright Orange, Xmas Green, and Xmas Red. Bright Blue, Bright Orange, Xmas Green, and Xmas Red are 30% post consumer recycled.

80# Cover Smooth

Finish: Smooth

A medium cover weight (cardstock) paper, the 80# Cover Smooth is a good choice for book and booklet covers or products that you may want to hang up like posters.

80# Cover Gloss

Finish: Gloss

This paper is similar to the 80# Cover Smooth but has a slightly lighter feel and semi-gloss finish. The gloss finish lends itself well to items with photos or a lot of color coverage.

100# Cover Smooth

Finish: Smooth

One of the thicker cover weight (cardstock) papers, the 100# Cover Smooth is better for business cards, postcards, and book covers than the 80# cover weight papers.

100# Cover Gloss

Finish: Gloss

This is similar to the 100# Cover Smooth but has a slightly lighter feel and semi-gloss finish.

100# Cover Linen

Finish: Linen

This 100# cover weight paper is available in two colors: natural (off white) or brilliant white. The raised paper fibers of the linen texture give this paper a unique look and feel.

8pt Cover Smooth - Water / Tearproof

Finish: Ultra Smooth

This 8pt synthetic paper is ideal for situations where moisture or wear are of concern. The paper is waterproof and tearproof making it an ideal stock for menus, cookbooks, manuals, and other high use products.

12pt Cover High Gloss C1S

Finish: High Gloss

The 12pt Cover High Gloss C1S (coated one side) cover stock offers a beautiful high gloss coating on one side and an uncoated surface on the other. The high gloss side really reflects the light in unprinted areas or where the white of the paper shows through. The uncoated side has a similar finish to the cover laser white cover stocks.

16pt Extra Thick Smooth

Finish: Matte

Extra thick 16pt cardstock. Excellent for business cards, postcards, greeting cards, and other collateral that requires the use of thick paper stock.

16pt Extra Thick Gloss

Finish: Gloss

Similar feel as the 16pt Extra Thick Smooth but has a semi-gloss finish.

Metallic Papers

100# Cover Metallic

Beautiful mica coated metallic surface will add a shimmer of sophistication and elegance to any print job. FSC certified. Elemental chlorine free. Acid free. Lignin free.

Recycled Papers

28/70# Text Smooth - 100% Recycled

Finish: Smooth

100% post consumer recycled fiber. Acid free. Manufactured with windpower. Unique digital imaging surface for enhanced toner transfer and color copy image quality.

80# Cover Smooth - 100% Recycled

Finish: Smooth

100% post consumer recycled fiber. Acid free. Manufactured with windpower. Unique digital imaging surface for enhanced toner transfer and color copy image quality.

Carbonless (Form) Papers

2 and 3 Part

The 2 part carbonless form consists of a white and canary sheet while the 3 part carbonless form consists of a white, canary, and pink sheet. Carbonless forms are sometimes referred to as carbon copies or NCR forms.

Label Papers

White Matte (Indoor)

This stock is great for items which will be used primarily indoors in a relatively dry environment, such as dry product labels and promotional stickers.

White High Gloss (Indoor)

This is the same as the White Matte Indoor stock but with a shiny/glossy finish.

Clear Gloss Poly (Indoor)

This shares the same qualities as the White High Gloss label stock but with a transparent background.

White Polyester (Outdoor)

This stock is more resistant to moisture and temperature changes, making it the better choice for stickers and labels which will be used outdoors or in environments with varying temperature conditions.

Wide Format Papers

HP Photo Semi-Gloss (Borderless)

Finish: Semi-Gloss

Beautiful high quality paper that will make your posters stand out from the crowd. The semi-gloss coating adds a slight shine to the finished product.

HP Photo High-Gloss (Borderless)

Finish: High-Gloss

Go for the high gloss when you really want your posters to shine.

15 oz. Scrim Vinyl

Finish: Scrim

Great for short-term outdoor use. 3-6 months.

Artist Matte Canvas

Finish: Matte

This slightly textured matte canvas provides great color quality that can stand the test of time - up to 200 years lifespan away from direct sunlight. This is ideal for artists, photographers, and other graphics professionals that wish to wrap their own canvas.

6 mil Self Adhesive Matte

Finish: Matte

This paper has a beautiful Matte finish and is a self-adhesive polypropylene perfect for mounting on foam board or other surfaces. Great for sign up boards or other items that may need to be written on.

8 mil Self Adhesive Gloss

Finish: Gloss

This paper has a beautiful Gloss finish and is a self-adhesive polypropylene perfect for mounting on foam board or other surfaces. The slightly thicker 8 mil gloss gives the final product a higher shine than the matte finish.