Paper Weights or thickness guide
90 - 100 gsm - used for stationery, text for magazines and booklets, flyers and brochures.
120 -170 gsm - used for text for booklets, flyers and brochures. The heavier the weight, the more "upmarket" the feel.
200 - 250 gsm - used for magazine and booklet covers. Robust enough to give some body and stiffness when used in a publication, but not quite heavy enough to be used on its own for cards etc.
280 - 300 gsm - used for cards of all sorts and book and booklet covers. The lighter weights of 90 - 100 gsm are our budget stocks, and are usually what's used for the text pages of booklets and similar. Heavier weights of 300 - 300 gsm are designed especally for our digital printer, and have excellent colour reproduction and are easy to write on.
Paper Finishes or quality guide
The finish of a paper doesn't have anything to do with the paper's weight, just the surface texture. Our standard stocks have three possible finishes: Uncoated, which has a finish feeling very slightly smoother than standard photocopy paper
Matte (also called Satin) coated, which is a smoother silky finish.
Gloss coated, which is smooth and with a glossy finish, not unlike the text of a glossy magazine. Our uncoated stocks are easy to write on, and are generally what you would select for stationery. Coated stocks are smoother, and if they are being conventionally printed show richer, more vibrant colour because the ink sits on the surface coating and doesn't sink into the paper fibre.