How To Use Glossy Paper

Glossy paper is a common kind of paper that can be seen in many hardcopy presentations. The glossiness of these visual materials usually comes from the veneer done on the paper. The glaze gives it a new classy look. Some glossy papers tend to dry up gradually. The most familiar type of glossy paper is currently the quick dry gloss type of paper. The other types available in the market are the semi gloss or soft gloss paper.
Most photographs, digital or otherwise, are usually printed on glossy paper. However, there are more projects that you can do with glossy paper. You can use glossy paper for any of these projects listed below but the type of glossy paper you use will vary. Here's how to use glossy paper.

  1. Posters - Posters can be as small as a short bond paper or as large as 24 inches by 36 inches. Glossy paper is an ideal medium for such projects as the innate luster makes the light show the message clearly and the outlines of the colors printed on it stand out.
  2. Flyers - Flyers have the same size as a short bond paper. These are leaflets you can hand out, which may be discarded by the readers if not for the graphics that stand out from its pages. The small fonts that you might use for such enterprise will be more readable.
  3. Brochures - Although as large as the flyer, a tri-fold brochure must use a paper that is glossy on both sides. This facilitates great texture, especially as the recipients go over the printed text and graphics. Hewlett Packard's paper is commonly used for brochures.
  4. Newsletters - Newsletters that are printed on a glossy paper most often are produced by a desktop printer. The glossy paper used for every newssheet must be an 80 pound text weight paper, any lighter than that and the ink saturated paper will tear during printing.
  5. Business cards - Homemade calling cards produced on a desktop printer needs paper that weighs 100 to 120 pounds. This gives it a professional look that can be achieved with board stock glossy papers minus creating paper jams during production. 
  6. Calendars - Busy bodies will find glossy paper perking up their homemade scheduler. The sheen from the glossy paper will make each detailed task stand out as the ink will not be absorbed by the paper making its reflection stick out for the entire world to see.
  7. Magazines - Most high-end magazines are made up of glossy paper. This makes the feel of the magazine sophisticated and makes the colors seem more vibrant compared to being printed in ordinary paper. Text also becomes more readable, regardless of font size.

The best way to be familiar with various glossy papers is to visit paper specialty stores. Tell the proprietor you are checking glossy paper works best with these projects. Ask for a few samples. There is never a one-size fits all with glossy paper. Eventually, you will determine the paper you like best for certain projects.


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