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At one point or another we have all looked at the label on a ream of paper and wondered… “What does that mean?” Well to help you out with that The basis weight of a paper is the designated fixed weight of 500 sheets measured in pounds, in that paper's basic sheet size.

For instance your basic copier paper is called 20# or paper which means in its basis size (17” x 22”), 500 sheets will weigh 20 pounds, hence the designation 20#. By that logic 24# paper will be a heavier sheet and so on… but wait, that’s not all you need to know!

Some Paper makers use a different calculation and weigh the paper in its basis sheet size but in quantities of 1,000 so you may see the same type of paper referred to as 50# or 20/50#paper. Some standard sizes are 24#/60# and 28#/70#, see below for more info.

It is important to note that the "basic sheet size" is not the same for all types of paper


Text weight papers

70# Bright white Laser paper:

Most people will tell you that using heavier paper makes a document look and more importantly feel important.

Color Prints online uses only High quality 70# laser paper for its standard color prints which surpasses

the standard stock of other print providers.

The COLORPRINTSONLINE.com Difference: Most sites use cheap copier paper that looks and feels

more suitable for the bathroom than the meeting room.

Example: 70# laser paper is bright white and smooth like Expensive Resume paper

100# Glossy Text Paper:

Want to make your prints POP?! Have them printed on 100#Gloss Text. Printing on 100#Glossy text gives you a High Quality Magazine feel. 

The COLORPRINTSONLINE.com Difference: Most competitors offer 80# Glossy paper which is adequate if you want it to look like a cheaper type magazine with a thinner gloss sheet. But if your goal is to look like a high quality magazine like Vogue™ or Architectural Digest Magazine™ and you want to stand out then you will want to use 100# Glossy text.

24# Premium White Paper:

When you want to add a little something extra to your black and white copies you should try upgrading to 24# Premium White paper. Thicker than regular 20# copier paper, 24#premium white paper is a suitable upgrade for black and white printing especially when printing 2 sided. Why? Because 24# Premium paper is a thicker sheet, it has more opacity which means your prints are less likely to show through on the other side.

The COLORPRINTSONLINE.com Difference: We use a Premium bright white bond that is

96 Brightness!

Example: Bright white resume paper



20# white paper:

For basic black and white printing or copying for the budget conscious the best paper to use is 20# white paper. This paper is not as thick as the other papers mentioned before but does a good job for this type of work but it definitely not suitable for color printing.

The COLORPRINTSONLINE.com Difference: Even our 20# white paper is better than what the competitors offer, we use a 92 brightness paper that makes even your budget minded black and white prints will stand out.


Cover Stocks


80# Cover Stock:

For a thicker stock that is great for a cover or basic postcards you should select an 80# cover stock. 80# cover stock is suitable for both black and white and color printing.

The COLORPRINTSONLINE.com Difference: Our 80# Cover stock is bright white and has a smooth finish and while it is not coated like the stocks we will mention later it does have a Semi gloss appearance.





100# Gloss Cover:

How about adding some POP to that cover or booklet? Then choose a 100# Gloss Cover ,this is a great way to add some zing and some thickness to your project or manual and it is a coated sheet so fill it up with color an watch it JUMP off the page.

The COLORPRINTSONLINE.com Difference: We use a premium bright white Gloss cover sheet that combines thickness and pliability like a theater program.





12pt C1s:

12pt C1s stands for 12point thickness Coated on One side. This is a Super Thick Cover stock that is Gloss Coated on one side and has a matte finish on the other side. The best example would be like the cover of a paperback novel or Text book.

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