How Does Paper Print Quality Affect Printing?

By PRI Graphics | Print FAQ's

Apr 29
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Does paper print quality affect the quality of the printing. The answer is yes, since not all papers are created equal…and that’s a good thing!

If you’ve ever tried to use the specific paper recommended for most laser and inkjet printers you might have noticed a considerable difference in the color output, specifically the clarity. That’s because the chemistry inherent on the surface of paper has a direct affect on the paper’s printability, its gloss, and its waterproofing qualities.

With lower paper print quality you may notice the ink starting to creep into spider-web-like veins away from the text or photograph being printed. This is a sure indication that you were using the wrong paper for the printer.

Who Is Your Intended Audience?

There are certain papers that can be printed upon whether using an offset printer or digital laser or inkjet printer. However, the quality of the output may be less than satisfactory for any given type of printer. The level of quality required will depend on the specific project and the intended audience for that project.

Bond paper with cotton fibers can successfully be used in monochrome laser printers. However, paper with ribbed, linen, eggshell, or tweed features might produce less than desirable results from the same digital laser printer. Colors can appear faded if the printer ink spreads into the fibers, and the output will appear less than professional for the audience in question.

Get Help Choosing the Right Paper Print Quality

Our printing experts here at PRI Graphics in Phoenix Arizona can help you in choosing the right paper. We recommend that you always give your commercial printing company some idea of who your audience will be for your printing project. It also helps to know what kind of impression you want your print project to make on that audience. This kind of insight can help your commercial printer recommend the best paper print quality for your project. It will also help them choose the right printing equipment for your specific paper needs.

Your local printing company and commercial printers in general are not in the business of upselling you simply for the sake of upselling. In the printing industry, the majority of customers are repeat clients. This means that it is in the best interest of your printing company to always deliver the best quality product for your needs, at the best possible price!

About PRI Graphics

As a family owned and operated commercial printer in Phoenix Arizona for the past 35 years, PRI Graphics takes great pride in ensuring that your final printed product is always appropriate and consistent with your needs and your budget.

To learn more about how paper print quality affects the final product, or to discuss your printing needs, talk to our Arizona printers today!

Call Toll-Free 1-877-409-8889 or email PRI Graphics.


Zerox takes a more indepth look at paper in their publication called Helpful Facts About Paper.

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About the Author

The print professionals at PRI Graphics in Phoenix and Mesa Arizona regularly write about digital printing, large format printing, CAD printing, and other custom printing services. Contact us or check back often for new ideas on how our Phoenix printing company can help show off your business!