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 PAPER SIZES  & PRINTING TIPS  GLOSSARY OF TERMINOLOGY AND FAQ'S  

Paper Sizes:

A5 148.5mm x 210mm
A4
210mm x 297mm
A3
420mm x 297mm
SRA3
450mm x 320mm
A3+
457mm x 305mm
A2
594mm x 420mm
SRA2
640mm x 450mm

Envelope Sizes:

DL 220mm x 110mm
C6
162mm x 114mm
C5
229mm x 162mm
C4
324mm x 229mm

PAPER PRINTING TIPS

Getting the best possible print quality comes from selecting the right print technology, its settings and paper for the image or text being printed.

What are the key considerations when choosing a paper?

This depends on the priorities of the purchaser and end user. The key question from a technical point of view is how the paper is to be used. What am I going to produce? Do I need a paper for high impact such as CONQUEROR, ZETA or DISTINCTION where perceived value is important, or is an everyday paper satisfactory such as DUO LASER, LOGIC OR ELEMENTS?

The next consideration is the type of print technology that will be used. For laser technology, the main criteria for quality results and portraying a high value image are smoothness and bulk, using papers such as DUO LASER OR LOGIC 700. The key to optimum performance for inkjet printing is even ink absorption, achieved using paper such as DUO COLOURJET.

What is the difference between a laser and an inkjet paper?

Laser papers are developed to react well to the electrophotography of the laser printing process. Quality print results require a successful reaction between the electrical properties and the surface roughness of the paper. High speed copiers and printers also require a jam-free paper with perfect runnability.
Inkjet papers must absorb liquid inks in the correct quantity without cockling or mottling. The surface treatment on inkjet papers ensures that ink is absorbed and distributed evenly. It also helps the ink dry quickly, without smudging

Does whiter paper produce better print results?

There is no known direct correlation between whiteness levels and print quality, although a high whiteness level does provide more contrast between printed colours and the paper. The printing quality is a combination of print technology, the printer and its settings, paper quality and the image or text being printed

What is the most important factor in getting a perfect print result?

The best print result is obtained by a combination between factors such as paper quality, printer type, printing technology (laser or inkjet), software, printer settings and even choice of the motif or subject.
As the easiest to test and to change is the paper, its choice is very important, together with the appropriate printer settings

Printer tips:

For printing a mixture of text and images, select a 4 colour printer with a resolution of at least 600 x 600 dpi.

For first class results, make sure your printer preferences are set to the highest possible print quality, particularly when printing images and graphics.

When printing imagery set printer resolution settings from 240 to 300 dpi.

Keep your printer clean by running the cleaner function in your printer every now and then.

For best results select the paper most appropriate for each particular project and type of printer.

The weight of the paper needed depends on the amount of ink or toner used. With a large amount of text and imagery, heavier substances are better.

For double sided use, the most suitable weight is 90 g/m2 and above.

Once you have chosen the right paper, select the paper setting. 'Photo paper' is best for use with gloss and matt papers, while 'Plain or Normal paper' settings are suitable for uncoated papers.

Keep unused paper in its original packaging.

Keep paper out of direct sunlight and protect from high variations in humidity and temperatures.

GLOSSARY

Moisture
The sheet must have the correct moisture content throughout, to prevent the paper from curling inside the machine, which can also result in jams and misfeeds.

Opacity
Opacity expresses the degree to which light shines through the paper. High opacity is essential when a paper is intended for duplex printing, or for intensive colour printing on one side of the sheet.

Porosity
The paper must also have the correct porosity to ensure that the device's vacuum pick-up collects only one sheet at a time.

Resolution
A measure of the detail that can be reproduced in dpi (Dots Per Inch). The higher the figure, the better result.

Smoothness
The paper's smoothness is crucial to correct toner adhesion and to prevent jams and misfeeding.

Stiffness
The right stiffness is essential to facilitate good feeding and to cope with complicated paths through printing or copying devices.

Thickness
Thickness determines the stiffness of paper, an important quality for the texture and feel of the paper as well as its smooth running on high speed copiers and printers.

Whiteness and brightness
These are aesthetic qualities, defining the look of the paper and its likely perception in the hands of the end user, as well as impacting on print quality and visual contrast.

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