Finish consists of the texture, feel and appearance of a paper.
There a several types of paper finish:
- A paper with a waxy finish (shiny or matte) on both
- A paper with an untreated surface that is dull and
One Side - A cover stock, shiny on front and dull
on the back.
- A premium ultra high gloss paper available in cover
Kromekote is available as coated both sides or coated
- A smooth uncoated surface
- Textured lines on the surface of the stock. This finish
predominantly in corporate identity (letterhead, envelopes,
- Textured lines on the surface of the sheet. Lines
are finer and more
regular than on Laid papers. This finish is used predominantly
- A paper which is manufactured to be compatible with
a copier or a laser printer.
Opacity refers to how much you can see through the paper.
If printing a magazine or book with a lot of text, one will
want a good amount of opacity in the paper that is chosen.
Otherwise, the reader may be bothered by printed material
showing through from the other side of the page.
Brightness refers to how much light is reflected off the paper.
Coated stocks reflect much more light than uncoated stocks
do. Though some brightness is preferable, be sure to get a
paper that will not reflect too much and prevent the reader
from seeing what's on the page.
A paper's thickness measured in pounds.
A thin lightweight paper often used in publication interiors,
sell sheets and letterhead.
Below are common text weights for paper used in offset printing.
50 lb. - Standard light weight paper used for digital
& laser printing.
60 lb. - Finch Laser opaque sheet, one grade heavier
70 lb. - Heaviest Finch Laser Opaque.
80 lb. - Coated stock, equal in feel to 24 lb. Finch
100 lb. - Coated stock, equal in feel to 28 lb. Finch
A rigid heavyweight card, not easily folded, generally used
in publication covers,
business cards and postcards. Below are some of the common
67 lb. - Light weight uncoated Vellum Bristol
80 lb. - Light weight coated cover, slightly heavier
than 67 lb.
88 lb. - Strathmore Card, heavier than 80 lb.
100 lb. - Mid-weight coated cover, heavier than 80 lb.
12 pt. - Heavy weight coated Kromekote cover.