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Types of Printing Papers, Sizes, Weight & Guide

Types of printing papers, sizes and weight of the papers can be very confusing. But the quality of desired printing depends solely on the selection of suitable printer and paper. In this article, I am discuss the types of printing papers, sizes and weight which will help you to choose the perfect paper to perform your business. Because once you know the types, sizes and weight of the printing papers, you can easily choose the paper of your need.

Paper sizes

Types of printing papers

There are many printing papers in the market and each of them has specific features and benefits. Below are the most widely used printing papers:

  • Uncoated paper.
  • Bond paper.
  • Gloss coated paper/Glossy paper.
  • Matt coated paper/ Matte.
  • Recycled paper/ newsprint.
  • Silk coated paper.
  • Watermarked paper.
  • Cardstock paper.
Paper weight

Uncoated paper: Uncoated papers are the papers that we normally use for writing. These papers have no coatings and tend to be more porous. Hence, the papers have great absorptivity and great for both writing and printing.

Bond paper: Bond paper is also uncoated but made by shorted fibers. The papers are more durable than usual uncoated papers.

Gloss coated paper/ Glossy paper: Glossy paper is very shiny and suitable for artworks. These type of papers can be suitable for photographs as they can create very glossy and detail images.

Matt coated paper/ matte: Matt coated paper/ matte is coated and suitable for printing regular texts and documents.

Recycled paper/newsprint: Recycled paper/ newsprint is very thin paper usually used for environment concern. This type of paper is usually used in newspapers.

Silk coated paper: Silk coated paper is between glossy and matte. This type of paper is perfect for souvenir, magazines and fancy books.

Watermarked paper: Water marked paper is the symbol luxury. This type of papers is used for very important purpose.

Cardstock paper: Cardstock papers are thick papers. These papers are suitable for leaflets, flyers, brochures, envelopes etc.

Sizes of printing papers

printing paper

International Organization of standardization (ISO) developed a standard which is followed all over the world. The paper size is measured in millimeters and inches. ISO categorized paper sizes into four series:

  • A series.
  • B series.
  • C series.
  • D series.

A series paper: A series is the most widely used paper used for almost purposes like texts and documents, images, cards, brochures, leaflets etc. The ratio of height and width is 1.41:1. The A-series paper consists of different sizes of papers i.e. A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, A9 etc. A0 is the largest paper size in A-series. A1 is half of A0. A2 is half of A1 and so on. A4 is the most widely used paper size. For larger sized, A3 is the most popular.


Height x Width (mm)

Height x Width (in)


1189 x 841

46.8 x 33.1


841 x 594

33.1 x 23.4


594 x 420

23.4 x 16.5


420 x 297

16.5 x 11.7


297 x 210

11.7 x 8.3


210 x 148

8.3 x 5.8


148 x 105

5.8 x 4.1


105 x 74

4.1 x 2.9


74 x 52

2.9 x 2

B series: The B-series paper is less popular than A-series paper. These papers are popular for posters and banners. The ratio of height and width is 1.41:1. The B-series consists of papers like B0, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6 etc. Just like A-series, B1 is half of B0 and so on.


Height x Width (mm)

Height x Width (in)


1414 x 1000

55.67 x 39.37


1000 x 707

39.37 x 27.83


707 x 500

27.83 x 19.69


500 x 353

19.69 x 13.90


353 x 250

13.90 x 9.84


250 x 176

9.84 x 6.93


175 x 125

6.93 x 4.92


88 x 62

3.64 x 2.44


62 x 44

2.44 x 1.73

C-series: C series papers are most commonly used for envelopes. C series papers are produced for corresponding use of the A series. For example, the A4 size paper of A-series corresponds with the C4 of C-series.


Height x width (mm)

Height x width (in)


324 x 458

12.76 x 18.03


229 x 324

9.02 x 12.76


162 x 229

6.38 x 9.02


114 x 162

4.49 x 6.38

D-series: D series is developed for the corresponding of B-series paper.

Paper weight

 The weight of a paper depends on the size and thickness of the paper. The weight is measured in gram per square meter (GSM) and pound (lbs). A 100 GSM paper means the paper weighs 100 grams per square meter. On the other hand, a 80 lbs paper means, 500 sheets of the particular paper weighs 80 lbs. The higher is the value of GSM/ lbs, the heavier is the paper.

Categorizing papers based on weight

Up to 60 GSM: These are the lightest of the papers. This type of paper is normally used in newspapers and low quality magazines.

80 GSM: This type of paper is the most common. This can be used for writing and photocopy purposes. 80 GSM paper is available in A4 and A3 sizes.

100 GSM: 100 GSM paper is the type that we use for normal texts and documents printing.

110-120 GSM: 110 GSM paper is perfect for magazines and souvenir. Children books are often printed by this type of papers. These papers are very bright and smooth.

130-170 GSM: These are kind of thick papers. This type paper is suitable for posters, presentations and artistic works. These thick papers are most widely used and cheap among the thick cards.

210-300 GSM: These are considered as cardstock papers and suited for very high quality brochures and business cards.

350 GSM & More: These are very thick and high quality cards. These types of cards are used for elegant and fancy works. participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which is an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for websites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to