Paper Stocks

Paper Weights, Colors and Finishes

Choosing the right paper for your printing job is one of the most important choices you’ll make. Read on for detailed descriptions of the paper stocks we carry, including Bond, Smooth, and Glossy Text weights, cover stocks, metallics, linens and more.

You’ll notice we identify most of our paper options by their weight, but in some cases you’ll see points instead. This refers to the thickness of the paper in units of 1/1000th of an inch (.001 being a “point”). For example, 8pt paper would have a thickness of .008″, while 12pt cover stock would be .012″ thick.

Another less-common unit of measurement is GSM (grams per square meter). This is more commonly used in offset printing, particularly in the United States, where the metric weight system is not standard. Please contact us if you need to know the GSM or any other details about our paper stocks.

Text Weight Papers

20/50# Bond

Finish: Smooth

This is your everyday printer paper. It has an attractive blue-white shade and is most commonly found in home printers. This paper is made for economical printing. Made with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) virgin fiber content and manufactured under alkaline (acid-free) conditions for increased longevity and performance.

20/50# Bond - Pastels

This bond paper comes in a variety of pastel colors. Choose from Blue, Yellow, Ivory, Green, Tan, Pink, and Salmon. Contains 30% recycled fiber.

24/60# Text Smooth

Finish: Smooth

This paper features a uniform surface for better resolution and higher opacity for less show-through than the 20/50# paper. If you are printing double sided we recommend not using any lighter paper than this. Made with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) virgin fiber content and manufactured under alkaline (acid-free) conditions for increased longevity and performance.

24/60# Text Smooth - Pastels / Brights

This bond paper comes in a variety of colors. Choose from Ivory, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, Bright Green, Bright Yellow, Bright Blue, Bright Red, Bright Orange, Xmas Green, and Xmas Red. Bright Blue, Bright Orange, Xmas Green, and Xmas Red are 30% post consumer recycled.

28/70# Text Smooth

Finish: Smooth

This paper is our most popular because of its affordability and quality, with a bright white opacity and minimal show through. Made with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) virgin fiber content and manufactured under alkaline (acid-free) conditions for increased longevity and performance.

28/70# Text Linen

Finish: Linen

This text weight paper is available in two colors: natural (off white) or brilliant white. The raised paper fibers of the linen texture give this paper a unique look and feel.

32/80# Text Smooth

Finish: Smooth This is the highest grade text weight paper we carry. This paper features superb opacity for virtually no show-through. Made with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) virgin fiber content and manufactured under alkaline (acid-free) conditions for increased longevity and performance.

32/80# Text Gloss

Finish: Gloss

Featuring superior toner adhesion for better image reproduction that rivals offset printing. The high quality semi-gloss finish makes this a perfect paper choice for high-end marketing collateral, advertising, annual reports and photo books, short run catalogs and magazines, brochures and more. Manufactured in North America.

100# Text Gloss

Finish: Gloss

Heaviest text weight paper available. The high quality semi-gloss finish gives a magazine like look and feel. Common for high-end brochures, pamphlets, and books and manuals, this paper is meant to hold up to abuse while looking and feeling exceptionally professional.

Cover Weight Papers

65# Cover Smooth

Finish: Smooth

The lightest of the cover weight (cardstock) papers, the 65# Cover Smooth features a balanced white shade and a smooth, uniform surface for better resolution. Excellent opacity for minimal show-through. This paper is excellent for thicker brochures and flyers where the 32/80# text weight papers are still too light for your project. Made with Total Chlorine Free (TCF) and Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) virgin fiber content. 10% post-consumer, Process Chlorine Free (PCF) and lignin-free fiber. Manufactured under alkaline (acid-free) conditions for increased longevity and performance.

65# Cover Gloss

Finish: Smooth

This is similar to the 65# Cover Smooth but has a slightly lighter feel and semi-gloss finish.

65# Cover Smooth - Pastels / Brights

This paper comes in a variety of colors. Choose from Ivory, Blue, Green, Bright Yellow, Bright Green, Bright Blue, Bright Red, Bright Orange, Xmas Green, and Xmas Red. Bright Blue, Bright Orange, Xmas Green, and Xmas Red are 30% post consumer recycled.

80# Cover Smooth

Finish: Smooth

A medium cover weight (cardstock) paper, the 80# Cover Smooth is a good choice for book and booklet covers or products that you may want to hang up like posters.

80# Cover Gloss

Finish: Gloss This paper is similar to the 80# Cover Smooth but has a slightly lighter feel and semi-gloss finish. The gloss finish lends itself well to items with photos or a lot of color coverage.

100# Cover Smooth

Finish: Smooth One of the thicker cover weight (cardstock) papers, the 100# Cover Smooth is better for business cards, postcards, and book covers than the 80# cover weight papers.

100# Cover Gloss

Finish: Gloss

This is similar to the 100# Cover Smooth but has a slightly lighter feel and semi-gloss finish.

100# Cover Linen

Finish: Linen

This 100# cover weight paper is available in two colors: natural (off white) or brilliant white. The raised paper fibers of the linen texture give this paper a unique look and feel.

8pt Cover Smooth - Water / Tearproof

Finish: Ultra Smooth

This 8pt synthetic paper is ideal for situations where moisture or wear are of concern. The paper is waterproof and tearproof making it an ideal stock for menus, cookbooks, manuals, and other high use products.

12pt Cover High Gloss C1S

Finish: High Gloss

The 12pt Cover High Gloss C1S (coated one side) cover stock offers a beautiful high gloss coating on one side and an uncoated surface on the other. The high gloss side really reflects the light in unprinted areas or where the white of the paper shows through. The uncoated side has a similar finish to the cover laser white cover stocks.

16pt Extra Thick Cover Smooth

Finish: Smooth (Matte-like)

Extra thick 16pt cardstock. Excellent for business cards, postcards, greeting cards, and other collateral that requires the use of thick paper stock.

16pt Extra Thick Cover C2S

Finish: Coated Both Sides

Similar feel as the 16pt Extra Thick Cover Smooth, but with a slightly shiny coating.

18pt Ultra Thick Cover C2S

Finish: Coated Both Sides

Heaviest paper we offer. Great for extra protection on book covers. Also ideal to create thick postcards and business cards.

Recycle Papers

28/70# Text Smooth - 100% Recycled

Finish: Smooth

100% post consumer recycled fiber. Acid free. Manufactured with windpower. Unique digital imaging surface for enhanced toner transfer and color copy image quality.

80# Cover Smooth - 100% Recycled

Finish: Smooth

100% post consumer recycled fiber. Acid free. Manufactured with windpower. Unique digital imaging surface for enhanced toner transfer and color copy image quality.

Carbonless (Form) Papers

2 and 3 Part

The 2 part carbonless form consists of a white and canary sheet while the 3 part carbonless form consists of a white, canary, and pink sheet. Carbonless forms are sometimes referred to as carbon copies or NCR forms.

Label Papers

White Matte (Indoor)

This stock is great for items which will be used primarily indoors in a relatively dry environment, such as dry product labels and promotional stickers.

White High Gloss (Indoor)

This is the same as the White Matte Indoor stock but with a shiny/glossy finish.

Clear Gloss Poly (Indoor)

This shares the same qualities as the White High Gloss label stock but with a transparent background.

White Polyester (Outdoor)

This stock is more resistant to moisture and temperature changes, making it the better choice for stickers and labels which will be used outdoors or in environments with varying temperature conditions.