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You Will Need
- Something to print
- Correct weight
- Brightness rating
Consider your printing needs
Consider what you're using the paper for, and what kind of printer you have. Do you mostly print personal e-mails and web pages, or are you preparing materials for clients on an inkjet or laser printer? Do you print heavy-coverage documents, like signs and flyers? Do you do double-sided printing? All these factors play a role in choosing the right paper to match your needs.
Understand paper weight
Choose the right paper weight, or thickness. At 20 pounds, standard paper is an economical choice that's perfect for everyday printing and copying. Mid-weight – 22 to 24 pounds – provides crisper images and less show-through, making it ideal for customer-facing documents and double-sided printing. Go with a heavy stock for sturdy signs and flyers, and when you want the most vivid color and a flawless finish.
Consider the paper's brightness rating: The brighter the paper, the crisper your letters and images appear – especially with color or monochrome pictures. For the biggest wow factor, go with a rating of 98 or 100.
Help protect the environment by choosing recycled paper – the quality is just as high as the non-recycled stuff. For the most environmentally friendly option, look for the FSC logo; The Forest Stewardship Council certifies that the pulp used to make the paper came from responsibly managed forests.
Order the correct amount
Order the correct amount of paper by knowing the terminology. A "ream" has 500 sheets, and there are 10 reams in a case. And consider buying by the case: You'll save money, and you'll never have to worry about running out.