Our paper range

Paper brings your designs from a screen and into the physical world. So it is essential you make the right choices for your print work.

 

Paper types

Silk

Silk is our recommended choice for high-quality results. Silk is a coated paper with a satin finish and a slight sheen. Silk is suitable for print jobs containing text and pictures, making printed colours appear bright and well defined, and is great for readability.

Gloss

Gloss is a coated paper with a high shine. Printed colours appear bright and vivid on gloss paper, making it ideal for displaying striking graphics and photographs in colour.

Uncoated

Unlike gloss or silk, this paper does not have a coating, which gives it a very soft finish. This paper stock is highly absorbent, and colours have a more understated appearance. Uncoated paper is particularly suitable for items like Postcards since it makes them easy to write on.

Natural

Natural paper is an uncoated paper with all the characteristics of uncoated paper. However, it has a natural off-white colour because it has not undergone the same treatment to appear the same shade of white. Natural paper is a perfect choice for those wanting a more vintage or rustic look.

 

Recycled

As the name suggests, our recycled paper stock contains 100% recycled fibres. Recycled paper is better for the planet and saves more than 70% of the energy and water used in traditional paper production. It has a natural look but is still very white.

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Examples of silk, gloss, uncoated, and recycled paper

 

Paper weights

What is gsm?

The term gsm is an acronym for grammes per square metre. The higher the paper gsm range, the heavier the paper.

90-115gsm

This range of paper stocks is lightweight and budget-friendly. If you plan to send your prints by post, the light paper means you could pay lower postage fees!

 

 

130-170 gsm

Probably our most popular paper range, at 130gsm, there will be no show through. This term means you cannot see the print work on the other side of the page if you opt for double-sided printing. This range is ideal for items like Hardcover Books since the paper is also strong enough to support thread-sewn binding.

250-450gsm

Paper in this range is thick and offers a premium look and feel. Perfect for Book covers, high-end Flyers and Leaflets, paper stock in this range can be laminated, providing the paper is scored first.

 

Paper sizes

We display our products in standard A sizes with other popular sizes available. You can learn more about them here.

If you cannot see your preferred print specifications, you can contact us and get a free quote for a custom size.

SizeWidth (mm)Height (mm)
A08411189
A1594841
A2420594
A3297420
A4210297
A5148210
A6105148
A774105

Special sizes

SizeWidth (mm)Height (mm)
DL99210
Square - 210210210
Square - 148148148
Square - 120120120
Square - 105105105
Custom size105297
Custom size210280

Special book sizes

SizeWidth (mm)Height (mm)
Novel127203
Standard132197
Demy138216
US Royal152229
Royal156234
Square - 210210210
Standard 'A' paper sizes from A0 - A6
Standard 'A' paper sizes from A0 - A6
 

Cover papers

Cover papers add a front and back cover to bound items and cover the spine. To add a cover, select Add Cover on our Instant Price Calculator and choose your print specifications.

The heavier the cover paper weight, the more rigid your item will be. Please avoid adding a thick cover to bound items with low page counts, as it forces the pages to stay open.

 

You may want to choose a thinner cover to give your bound items more flexibility, but you can also forgo a cover entirely. This option is known as a self-cover or floppy cover due to the bendable nature of the item.

IMPORTANT: Only cover papers can be laminated, not inner pages. Read more about our cover paper finishes and laminations here.

 

Suitability

We offer a wide range of paper weights, but not all options are suitable for every product. But don’t worry – our Instant Price Calculator will not let you choose any unsuitable options.

The method we use to print your order (litho or digital) can also affect what options are available. Our advanced online system will ensure your print specifications correspond to the best printer for your print job.

For example, business stationery is printed often on uncoated paper, similar to the paper stock you might use with a desktop printer. However, you cannot produce the quality of work using digital, uncoated paper, so we would print all business stationery using a litho press.

 

Upgrading and variations

Occasionally, the paper weight you request for your prints goes out of stock. Instead of delaying your order, we will upgrade the paper weight and print your work on the next weight up. This is a standard procedure in the printing industry, and we will not charge you extra. Plus, we will never downgrade your paper either.

While not an issue for most, it can affect postage costs if you plan to send your prints in the post. If you must have a specific paper weight, let us know before your work goes to production.

Variations in paper production

Paper is a natural material supplied by paper mills in batches. Therefore, there can be weight or thickness variations between batches, resulting in a paper up to 10gsm heavier or lighter.

We may also buy our paper from different merchants, which can sometimes lead to variations in our paper stock.

 

Environmentally friendly

At Mixam, we know our impact on the environment matters. Sourcing materials with minimal environmental impact, we work hard to ensure we leave the lightest possible carbon footprint from the beginning and end of the printing process.

 

 

What we're doing to help:

  • We print on eco-friendly, recycled papers certified by FSC.
  • All our paper stocks come from sustainable sources
  • We use superior quality vegetable-based inks
  • We recycle all our waste products