30 January 2013
Paper stocks in use in the litho printing industry are broken down into two broad categories, namely coated and un-coated.
The advent of ‘Triple-coated’ coated art papers about 15 years ago is, in the opinion of the author, not really justified for use in terms of supposed gains in print quality as these gains have to be set off against decreased stiffness of the paper, a greater tendency to scuff and higher cost. In the vast majority of cases a double-coated art paper, with its higher stiffness, good colour reproduction, lower potential to scuff and lower cost will prove more than adequate in achieving the desired result.
If any post press finishes are desired it is really important to assess your choice of paper before commencing with your design as the different paper stocks will perform to varying degrees of effectiveness depending on the processes desired. The table below gives a basic indication of what paper stocks are suitable with what process;