This topic is quite important, because it refers to the support that you are going to use to make your designs. This is the first step to take into account, What will my support material be? How will I make my design stand out? But before talking about the types of paper, let's talk about the aspects to take into account.
Paper is a material formed by a thin sheet, formed by a paste of vegetable fibers. What should we consider when choosing paper? The key points are: the finish (the texture), the thickness and the grammage.
What is the finish? How does it affect the paper?
It is the final texture that the surface of the paper has, this depends on the type of paper, we have gloss, matte, satin, etc. This aspect influences the paper at the time of printing, because certain surfaces can absorb more ink than others that require more time.
What is thickness?
It is the distance between the two sides of the paper, this depends on its production, what this means is that a paper can have the same grammage but different thicknesses.
What is the grammage?
The weight of a square m2 of that paper, depending on the grammage, the paper can present different uses and processes for its printing.
Some common weights and their uses:
Grammage of 90 g/m2, It is normally used for office paper, books, etc.
Grammage of 130 g/m2, used for printing pictures, magazines, brochures, folding brochures, posters.
Grammage of 170 g/m2, this is used in the case of light cardboard, and is very good for printing certificates and catalogues.
Grammage of 350 g/m2, this is the weight of the invitation papers, which have a great thickness, which gives them great resistance.
Grammage of 380 g/m2, this is a fairly high grammage used in table displays, due to its great rigidity.
In other words, the materials used for the invitations that must have rigidity have a grammage between 170g/m2 and 380g/m2. When making an investment in a printer, you should consider this aspect and see if it has the capacity to print between these weights. So if we already know what the weights of our papers are, what do we need to decide?
Well now we must decide the finish, here we present some, apart from those we already know:
Opaline, is a type of cardboard that we know which has a smooth finish, it is more rigid than normal cardboard. It comes present in various colors from white, beige, etc.
Thread cardboard, this material is similar to opaline but has a texture, which creates a weave effect. Like opaline, it comes in various colors and is used to make invitations. And due to its finish it allows you to easily write on it.
Cromocote, this is the one we discussed in our instagram post, it is a type of cardboard which has an excellent shine that gives your cards an excellent finish.
Satin, it is a type of cardboard that has a shiny face, usually in roll sizes, but you can adjust it to your needs, the face is not as shiny as Cromocote, but it is still a solution for jobs.
What about you? What materials do you have in mind? Do not hesitate to tell us your interests and your doubts to see how we can help you. In our instagram stories we have shown different finishes with these materials.