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Helping you in your choice: Choosing the right paper for your printingBruneau

Choosing the right paper for your laser printer, photocopier or inkjet printer is no easy task. There is a wide range of paper of every conceivable type, and an inappropriate choice can lead to disappointing results. This is why we are listing and explaining a number of terms here that are often used to describe different types of paper.

Glazed paper: glazed paper is extra glossy. This gloss is achieved by giving the coated paper a final extra treatment. Pressure and friction provide the glossy result. Pictures on glazed paper look better than on regular paper, because the paper’s glossy surface reflects the colours better.

Coated paper: coated paper is finished with a special coating. This coating ensures that the ink cannot mix with the raw fibres of the paper and your printing work will therefore enjoy a finer finish.

Uncoated paper: uncoated paper has a rougher surface and is used above all for printing work that does not require such a fine finish, such as envelopes and reply cards.

De-inked paper: de-inking is a process whereby ink is removed from paper and cardboard so that it can then be used to manufacture new paper. The old paper and cardboard is soaked in water and the fibres are treated with soapy substances that remove the ink particles from the fibre. Paper de-inking to make high-quality recycled paper is a process that puts relatively little burden on the environment (as long as the de-inking process is not a chlorine-bleaching process).

Opacity: the higher the opacity, the less transparent the paper. On paper with a low opacity, the text can be made out to a greater or lesser extent on the other side. People usually prefer paper with high opacity because it improves print quality and print legibility.

FSC certified paper: to manufacture FSC-certified paper, paper pulp from monitored and sustainably controlled forests is used.

FSC certified paper: to manufacture FSC-certified paper, paper pulp from monitored and sustainably controlled forests is used.