Paper is a fundamental element in printing. This is the basis on which the printing process occurs, which means that if it fails everything else fails as well.

That is why we must give the paper the importance it deserves in a professional printing environment. In this article, we are going to help you differentiate the types of paper that exist so that you are clear about what they offer and when you should use them.

We hope you find it helpful and we remind you that you can leave any questions you have in the comments.

Paper quality

In general, the A4 format is the most used in the world of printing. Still, we must bear in mind that although this format is common, there are very different qualities that may be insufficient to achieve quality printing.

For example, if we opt for a low grammage paper, we will find very thin sheets that probably cannot even adequately absorb the ink in the printing processes.

We must also bear in mind that although recycled paper can be an interesting option to save and reduce the carbon footprint of our company, we must use it with care since it has important limitations that make it a good option only for working with internal documents.

Standard paper

Normal or standard paper is the one we use in normal printing tasks. It serves both to take out internal and external documents and to print text and images.

It offers good value for money, but we should always look for it to have a minimum weight of  80 grams per square meter since that will ensure that it has an acceptable consistency and that it will perfectly withstand the printing processes without curling or wrinkling and that it will hold up good ink.

If we use a very low grammage, it is likely that we will end up having serious printing problems. We must also avoid possible irregularities in the paper.

Recycled paper

It is a very useful option to reduce printing costs, although for obvious reasons we should only use it for internal documents. These are the ones who will not leave the circle of our company.

On the other hand, before buying it, we must make sure that our printer will be able to work with it and it is important to check that its grammage is not too high, that its texture is smooth and that it does not have an irregular finish to avoid paper jams.

Recycled paper is a resource that we should not underestimate, but we should not abuse either.

Photographic paper

It is used to maximize the quality of the images and photos that we print, which means that photo paper is intended for a very specific use, although we must take into account many things.

The first thing is that it is the most expensive type of paper of the three that we have named so far, so we must limit its use to those cases in which its use is absolutely essential.

Secondly, it must have a  minimum opacity,  you do not have to power through it, otherwise, the ink could go through it and get a disastrous result.

We must also assess whether we prefer matte or satin (glossy) photographic paper, and in this case, check the brightness level it presents and that in no case should it be less than  90 out of 100.

Finally, we are left with the grammage and calibre, which indicates the width of the paper. Both affect the weight of the paper and in general, it is better to opt for heavier papers for photo printing tasks, although we must be careful and choose one that is compatible with our printer.

Other types of paper

In this category, we group different formats and types that cover very specific needs, such as label paper, which serves as a sticker, A3 or A5 formats, which have different dimensions than A4, and also the harder papers. and heavy, known in some cases as cardboard.

Fact- Did you know India is one of the largest countries in terms of producing paper and ExFro is the leading A4 paper exporter in India?


The paper comes cut in different sizes, each one designed for the needs of people. When buying a ream of paper, it is very important to first determine what the paper is going to be used for and then choose a size. The most used are:

  • ½ Sheet 50 x 70 cm.
  • ¼ Sheet 47 x 32 cm.
  • ⅛ Sheet 33 x 23 cm.
  • Letter 21.6 x 27.9 cm.
  • Office 21.6 x 33 cm.


The first thing that we must be clear about is that our printer is compatible with them since otherwise, we will have problems that can range from a simple jam to overexertion in the printer rollers that end in breakage or breakdown, so be very careful.

On the other hand, we must also look for that minimum thickness that ensures that the paper will be able to absorb the ink well and accommodate the printing.