At Julin we can print on a wide variety of coated and uncoated stocks but how do you decide what will work best for you project? Read on for a brief explanation of the difference between the two types of stock.
Uncoated papers have a rough, more natural feel to them. Examples of uncoated stock are newsprint, many recycled papers and copy paper. These papers tend to be more porous and soak up ink rather than allow it to sit on top of the sheet.
Certain uncoated stocks are ideal for quick and less-precise printing. They are also ideal for pieces printed for people to write on or read for an extended period (so there won’t be any glare to irritate a reader’s eyes).
Uncoated papers come in a wide variety of weights, colors and textures ranging from very inexpensive to very expensive. Some of the finer uncoated sheets are refined to print with a very smooth finish or a unique texture. They are sometimes favored by designers when they want to achieve a warm, inviting look and feel to the paper.
Coated papers, by contrast, have a smoother finish and ink will sit on this type of paper’s surface. Type and photographs look sharper on coated stocks because the ink doesn’t bleed into the paper and soften the image. Detail is not lost and fine text holds up well. Keep in mind though that some coated stocks are very difficult to write on or to read from.
Coated papers also come in a wide variety of weights and range of glossy to dull finishes. They range from inexpensive to expensive depending brand and finish.
Contact Julin if you would like assistance in determining the stock that best meets your budget and project goals.