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What is the difference between coated and uncoated paper?

When it comes to printing, the choice of paper is as crucial as the design itself. At Print Harbour, we understand that the right paper can dramatically enhance the final output of your project. A common dilemma our clients face is choosing between coated and uncoated paper. Here’s a breakdown of the differences to help you make an informed decision: 

Coated Paper

Coated paper is treated with a surface sealant, typically clay, to impart certain qualities. This coating can be glossy, matte, or somewhere in between.
Glossy Finish: Ideal for vibrant colour reproduction, glossy coated paper is perfect for high-resolution images and marketing materials where visual impact is key.
Matte Finish: Offering a more subdued effect, matte coated paper reduces glare, making it suitable for products that need to be read easily, like brochures and menus.

Uncoated Paper

Uncoated paper lacks this surface sealant, giving it a natural, tactile feel.
Texture and Feel: It offers a softer, more organic look and feel. This type of paper is excellent for stationery, letterheads, and materials where writing quality is important.
Ink Absorption: Uncoated paper absorbs ink more, which can result in less vibrant colours but gives a more natural and elegant appearance.

Weight and Thickness

Both coated and uncoated papers come in various weights and thicknesses, affecting the paper’s sturdiness and perception of quality.

Sustainability Factors

The environmental impact of paper choice is also a consideration. Uncoated papers are often more easily recyclable, but there are eco-friendly options in coated varieties as well.

At Print Harbour, we offer a wide selection of both coated and uncoated papers, understanding that each project has unique requirements. Our team is on hand to advise you on the best paper choice for your printing needs, ensuring your final product not only looks fantastic but also aligns with the message you wish to convey. Contact us to explore our range and find the perfect paper for your project.