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Paper Characteristics: Paper Finishes

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Paper Characteristics: Paper Finishes

Paper Finishes can enhance your printed messages.  Finishes can provide textures so not only is the project appealing to the eye, but it will enhance our sense of touch as well.  There are many finishes, I will be discussing the most popular finishes.

Paper Finishes: Coated

Coated paper has many uses, sometimes coating is needed just to add thickness and durability to a thinner more vulnerable sheet of paper.  The most popular coatings are dull and gloss.

Due to the coating applied during paper manufacturing, the peaks and valleys naturally found in paper fibers, are filled in and thus making the paper’s surface smooth and more appealing.

Coating can also provide more ink receptiveness.  Due to less ink absorbency, less ink is required for your project, as opposed to an un-coated sheet.

Paper Finishes: Dull Coated

The dull coating applied to the paper has less of a gleam, as opposed to a gloss finished paper.  Less glare enables the text printed on it easier to read and easier on the eyes!   Eyes can become tired when reading text on a gloss coated sheet of paper.

Dull coated paper will have more vibrant colors of the printed images and text. The dull coating provides vivid images and excellent contrast for beautiful projects.  Dull coated papers provide just enough shine to attract attention and capture your printed message.

Dull coated papers work exceptionally well when the end project is intended to be written on, such as RSVP cards, etc.  Gloss is not normally a good fit for this, as it can smudge easily and is very difficult to write on.  Other uses are promotional materials, business cards, booklets, and magazines, amongst many others – let your creative ideas be your guide.


The combination of the smooth surface and less glare, has an astounding printing performance for your design projects that include both printed images and text.

Please read DefyPaper’s next Blog for more information on paper characteristics.

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1:  Choose the paper

2:  Design your project

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