FAQs

Paper Stock, Coating and Folding Options

We understand how our various options may be overwhelming unless you know what you want. Hopefully, our guide below will help you to determine what you want for your product needs. Please note that not all options displayed are available through our website. We're currently working on adding them. If you prefer, you're welcome to request these options via a Custom Quote.

Paper Stock Options

70LB Premium Uncoated Text

Is slightly thicker than copy paper. This ultra-premium uncoated (non-glossy) white stock is guaranteed safe for laser printing. Feels thick and substantial in your hands, and is the best type of uncoated paper stock available for full-color printing.

80LB Gloss

Glossy, high-quality paper recommended for cost-effective brochure printing, flyers, takeout menus, and direct mail advertising. Great for mass distribution and flyers, brochures, or menus that are to be folded.

100LB Dull

100 lb Dull Book is thicker than 80lb paper stock with a smooth coated surface and dull matte finish.

100LB Gloss

Glossy, very high-quality paper recommended for high-end brochures, flyers, and takeout menus. Perfect for luxury items, real estate, trade shows, and many other applications that require a tremendous first-impression. Often used for “short-run printing” and with Digital Printing Press jobs. Not recommended for bulk orders or small budgets.

100LB Gloss Book and Gloss Cover

100 lb Gloss Book is a medium weight paper that can be easily rolled, unlike the more rigid 100 lb Gloss Cover.

Coating Options

Aqueous Coating

This clear coating is used to protect your printed pieces. It provides a high-gloss surface that deters dirt and fingerprints. Improves the durability of postcards as they go through the mail, and protects business cards as they get shuffled between clients. It also looks beautiful on brochures, catalog covers, and stand-alone flyers.

Satin Aqueous Coating

This is a water-based coating that is somewhat less glossy and shiny than Aqueous Coating.

UV Coating

UV Coating is a high-gloss lamination that is applied to the printed sheet and dries instantly by exposure to ultraviolet light. It is applied as a separate finishing operation as a flood coating or (applied by screen printing) as a spot coating. UV Coating improves durability (scuff and dirt resistance) and look (vibrant colors, sharper graphics) and makes for an all around sturdier product. UV Coating gives more protection and sheen than either varnish or Aqueous Coating. Keep in mind that this thick coating may crack when scored or folded.

You cannot write or print on UV-coated surfaces.

Gloss

A gloss finish produces a shiny paper surface, such as that you’d find on a photograph. It can make full color images and graphics appear more vibrant and visually appealing. It also protects the ink from fading and moisture. Although images on high-gloss paper look great, the shine makes reading text off the page more difficult.

Uncoated

This paper has an untreated surface-resulting in a dull and unreflective look. Uncoated paper is typically used for letterhead, envelopes, and notepads. Premium uncoated paper can also be used to provide an earthier, more personal feel for important Invitations, Announcements, and Thank You cards.

Satin

A satin finish falls somewhere between gloss and matte. It produces a slight sheen, enhancing full color images and graphics while preserving the readability of text.

Matte

A matte finish produces a smooth yet muted paper surface. It yields a more “artistic” feel to the finished product. Colors appear softer, and text-heavy documents may be easier to read. It also eliminates fingerprints.

Folding Options

No Fold

Flat unfolded end result.

Bi-Fold / Half-Fold

Fold one sheet in half vertically or horizontally.

Tri-Fold

Two folds creating a 3-panel end result.

Accordion Fold

A sheet which has been printed on only one side then folded twice in right angles to form a W-shaped four page uncut section. Standard Accordion folds are offered as 4-panels.

Gate-Fold

Eight resulting panels, four in front and four at the back. The panels at each opposite end are folded inward, towards the center of the page.

Double Gate-Fold

Single gate fold, with an additional fold on the center.

Double Parallel Fold

Folded in half then folded in half again.

French Fold

A sheet which has been printed on one side only and then folded twice at right angles to form a four page uncut section.

Z-Fold

A paper fold represented by back and forth folds into three panels.