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How does paper thickness affect my print quality?

Selecting the right paper thickness is a crucial aspect of achieving the desired print quality for your project. At Print Harbour, we understand that paper choice can significantly impact the final result of your printing. Here’s how paper thickness affects print quality and what you should consider for your next project: 

Impact on Image Clarity

Thicker paper generally provides better support for high-quality, detailed images. It reduces show-through from one side to the other, ensuring that colours and details are vivid and clear, particularly important for double-sided printing.

Durability and Feel

Heavier paper feels more substantial and conveys a sense of quality and importance. It’s more durable and resistant to wear and tear, making it ideal for documents that will be handled frequently or need to convey a high-end impression.

Ink Absorption

The thickness and coating of the paper can influence ink absorption. Thicker, coated papers tend to have a smoother surface, which allows for sharper, brighter print quality. In contrast, thinner, uncoated papers might absorb more ink, potentially affecting the sharpness and vibrancy of the print.

Printer Compatibility

It’s essential to consider your printer’s capabilities. Some printers may not accommodate very thick paper, leading to issues such as paper jams or uneven printing.

Suitability for the Purpose

Consider the purpose of your print. Business cards and postcards benefit from thicker paper for a premium feel, whereas flyers or booklets might be more suited to thinner, more flexible paper.

At Print Harbour, we’re committed to guiding you through the complexities of paper choice to ensure optimal print quality for your project. Whether you’re looking for durability, high-end presentation, or cost-effectiveness, our team can advise on the best paper thickness to suit your specific needs. Contact us to explore our range of paper options and elevate the quality of your print projects.