How to Choose the Perfect Paper
How Does Paper Weight Work?
What is Basis Weight?
What Is Grams Per Square Meter for Paper?
The standard basic sizes used to measure bond, text, and cover papers differ. One way to compare weights across grades is to use grams per square meter (GSM). This reduces the need to call out the grade when specifying basis weight.
How to Choose Among Different Paper Weights
Let's Start with the Function
How tough do you need it to be? These examples will give you a general idea:
- Thin – printer paper weights and publishing papers.
- Medium – posters and greeting cards.
- Premium – quality restaurant menus and business cards.
- Ultra – custom boxes and coasters.
Basis Weight Information
Cover Weight vs. Text Weight
How do you know which is the right choice for your needs? To put it simply, cover-weight paper is thicker and more rigid than text-weight paper. If your task calls for a sturdy paper, choose cover weight. For everyday printing and correspondence, text-weight paper should do the trick.