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Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Choosing the right paper weight for your online printing project can be crucial. Measured in pounds or grams per square meter (GSM), text and cover paper weights can affect the look and feel of marketing materials, personal invitations and projects of all kinds. Fun fact: The pound refers to how much a ream of paper weighs. (You can even reference this paper weight conversion chart to determine different weight equivalents.)

Take a look at the differences between these stock weights before you upload your print-ready file and place your order.

Text Weights

Text weight paper refers to paper that’s thin, flexible and lightweight. You may think of standard office printer paper or a book or magazine’s interior pages. Sometimes called book, bond, writing, ledger or offset paper, text weight paper can be coated or uncoated.

Features

  • Lightweight
  • Easily rolled and folded
  • The larger the number, the heavier the stock

Applications

Tips & Tricks

  • Take advantage of our online printing services and add features like coating and die cutting.

Cover Weights

Cover weight paper refers to paper that’s thicker and sturdier than text weight paper. At its heaviest, cover stock weight can be similar to the material used to make cereal boxes. Sometimes referred to as cardstock, bristol, index or tag paper, cover stock paper weights can be both coated or uncoated.

Features

  • Heavier and more rigid than text weight paper
  • Must be scored before it can be folded
  • Usually smooth, but can have a texture depending on the stock
  • Can have a glossy or matte finish

Applications

Tips & Tricks

Point Weights

As you design your project for an online printer, you may come across point weights, too. Point weights refer to the thickness of the stock (usually indicated as 10 pt., 12 pt., etc.). It’s important to note the larger the point weight, the heavier the paper stock will be.

For example:

  • 10 pt. weight is considered relatively lightweight
  • 12 pt. weight exhibits more stiffness
  • 14 pt.- 24 pt. Weight stocks have a noticeable heft and stiffness

 

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