How to Choose the Right Type of Office Copy Paper
There are many types of printing devices today, representing a wide range of devices and technologies. Selecting the right paper for the devices you use, and for the types of documents you are producing, is key to getting the results you want. In this article I will review the different types of paper you can purchase and what the best uses for each are.
It's lightweight and inexpensive - perfect for file copies, faxes and other routine office documents. It's NOT the type of paper to use for documents that will be seen outside your office.
These papers are made to run in virtually any type of printing device - copiers, printers, and fax machines. They are brighter than copy paper so documents look sharper. The main advantage though is in the convenience of being able to order one grade of paper you can be confident will run in all your equipment. But be advised: multipurpose paper isn't the optimal choice to use when you're printing important documents that need to impress.
Created specifically for inkjet printers, inkjet papers have surface characteristics that allow water-based inks to dry quickly without bleeding, producing brighter colors and bolder text than multipurpose papers. Heavier weight inkjet papers are perfect for important presentations, reports and other documents that need to impress.
Laser papers are super-smooth to allow toner particles to bond to the sheet. General-purpose laser papers are great for everyday use in black and white lase printers. Heavier, brighter laser papers enable color laser printers to deliver breathtakingly realistic colors that make important documents, such as presentations and marketing materials, look super-impressive.
Color Copy Paper:
A special coating allows these papers to withstand the heat generated by color laser copiers. The result is the vibrant, professional-quality colors your expensive color copier was made to produce. Color copy papers are available in a wide range of sizes and weights.
A Short Word on Basis Weight & Brightness:
- The heavier a paper's basis weight, the thicker the sheet. The thicker the sheet, the more impressive it feels.
- A paper's brightness is the amount of light its surface reflects. The more light the sheet reflects, the higher the contrast of the images it produces. In other words, the brighter the sheet, the better your printed documents will look.