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Five Paper Terms you Must Know Before you Print

Printing terms


When ordering a custom printing job, there are certain terms you must first know to get exactly what you want.


1. Stock.  Paper or other material that we will be printing your job on. It can be divided into different parts depending on your job, or example if you are printing a booklet the main text will be printed on a lighter stock weight than the covers, it may even be a different colour or texture. We generally use a thicker material for posters, menus, folders and covers of paperback books.


2. Paper Brands.  We can source almost any paper brand, however we usually stock B&F Papers who are a well established New Zealand owned and operated company and have a wide range of different stocks available. We also stock extensive international ranges. Click here for more information


3. Weight. The weight (also called gsm) means the weight in grams of a square meter of paper.


4. Opacity. The property of both paper and ink to prevent printing on one side of the sheet from showing through to the other.


5. Caliper. The thickness of paper in thousandths of a millimeter (microns). We can print on newsprint to corugated cardboard


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