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Paper Weights & Information
Paper Weights & Thickness Quick Guide
Choosing the perfect paper weight might be a bit daunting. So, we designed this sheet to try and simplify the different terms you may hear in association with paperweight. The term paperweight is used regularly in the printing business but it does not refer to the actual weight of the sheet but rather the thickness or caliper of the paper. As the basic weight increases, the thicker and more sturdy the piece of paper will be.
Below are various types of papers and their equivalent weights.
Note: The table above is intended to serve as a guide only and should not be used as specifications. Similar paper weight can vary due to the composition and/or characteristics of papers. Additionally, papers with the same weight may differ between various paper manufacturers.
It is important to take the type of paper into consideration when working on a print project as it impacts the quality, durability, and usage of your item. Each paper has properties that work with or against certain printers. It is always helpful to know these differences.
Here's a list of the most common types of paper, along with a description of each.
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PAPER AND CARDSTOCK WEIGHT
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