Paper Tips As your full-service commercial printing company, Ink4 offers these paper tips to make your next project great. Got questions? Contact one of our printing specialists at (864) 576-1109. The most difficult job in selecting the right paper is the overwhelming number of options available. Becoming educated regarding your options is critical. Paper is primarily categorized as coated, uncoated and specialty. Uncoated paper generally requires more drying time. Cost can be the major consideration when considering paper selection. White is by far the most popular color of choice. However, selecting the right shade of white can be a job within itself. The primary considerations in paper selection are surface, color, brightness, opacity, grain, basis weight, caliper (thickness), bulk, sheet size and quantity. Sheet size is primarily determined by the size of the press it will run on. Paper is categorized text or cover. Cover weight stocks heavier in weight, more rigid and more difficult to fold. Ink coverage, especially heavy ink coverage, at folds can and will cause cracking. Make sure you discuss this with you printing consultant. Aqueous coating can resolve drying issues especially with coated paper. The most common text weight paper is 50#, 60#, 70#80# and 100# The most common cover weight stocks are 65#, 80#, 100#, 120# and 12 pt. Common weights for bond and writing stocks is 20#, 24# (preferred) and 28#. Paper Weight Tables Want to learn more about paper weight? Click here to learn more.