Paper, the types, sizes, thickness and finish; it can all become a little complicated, This go to guide will help you to choose the paper fit for the job and make the whole process just a little less stressful.
Deciding on the paper type can sometimes be the hardest choice for this whole process, so to help you we’ve provided a list of types along with a description of each.
Gloss coated paper
Gloss paper is typically used for photographic images as it has a high shine. It prints with very crisp edges too which can also work well for typographic prints.
Our gesso paper gives a feel of luxury and high quality. To create its desired effect an impression is pressed into the paper by attaching a wire pattern. We have a variety of single and double sided gesso paper which is used for a variety of purposes.
Matt coated paper
Matt paper is coated with a matt finish to produce a paper that isn’t shiny, preventing glare. This type of paper is perfect for foiling, and simple modern art prints.
Made from re-used paper products, recycled paper is perfect for those who are trying to reduce their environmental impact. It has a flecked appearance and we mainly use it for typographic prints and wedding stationery envelopes.
So now you’ve seen on the paper type, next comes the size. As there are many sizes of paper you can become lost amongst differing measurements.
The table below provides the dimensions of each paper size. So whether you just need to know the size name or the measurements, use the below for a quick reference.
Table of paper sizes
A0 – A10
|Size||Width x Height (mm)||Width x Height (in)|
|A0||841 x 1189 mm||33.1 x 46.8 in|
|A1||594 x 841 mm||23.4 x 33.1 in|
|A2||420 x 594 mm||16.5 x 23.4 in|
|A3||297 x 420 mm||11.7 x 16.5 in|
|A4||210 x 297 mm||8.3 x 11.7 in|
|A5||148 x 210 mm||5.8 x 8.3 in|
|A6||105 x 148 mm||4.1 5.8 in|
|A7||74 x 105 mm||2.9 x 4.1 in|
|A8||52 x 74 mm||2.0 x 2.9 in|
|A9||37 x 52 mm||1.5 x 2.0 in|
|A10||26 x 37 mm||1.0 x 1.5 in|
|Product||Width x Height (mm)||Width x Height (in)|
|Flat invitations||127 x 178 mm||5 x 7 in|
|6 page concertina invitations||140 x 140 mm (280 x 140mm)||11 x 5.5 in|
|A4 wedding signs||210 x 297 mm||8.3 x 11.7 in|
|A3 wedding signs||297 x 420 mm||11.7 x 16.5 in|
|A2 table plan & signs||420 x 594 mm||16.5 x 23.4 in|
|A1 table plan & signs||594 x 841 mm||23.4 x 33.1 in|
|Place name cards||74 x 105 mm (148x 105mm)||2.9 x 4.1 in|
|RSVP postcards||74 x 105 mm||2.9 x 4.1 in|
All signs and invitations which are A4 and smaller are printed onto 300gsm gesso.
A3 will be printed onto matte 300gsm or satin 300gsm and will be delivered in a protected box.
A2 & A1 are classed as poster sizes and will be printed onto matte 180gsm or silk 190gsm and will be delivered rolled in a protected tube.