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May 1, 2005 12:00 AM
Fabric transfer paper
Xerox (Rochester, NY) Digital Color Select Gloss are coated two-sided papers for high-volume production work such as flyers and brochures. With a blue-white shade and 90 brightness level, these papers reportedly are comparable to coated offset products, but are optimized for digital performance.
Xerox also offers Digital EA Color Transfer Paper for creating images that can be transferred to fabric-based materials like t-shirts and tote bags.
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Environmentally friendly papers
Neenah Paper (Alpharetta, GA) has received chain-of-custody certification for Environment Paper’s 100 Percent Post-Consumer Fiber options. Environment Papers are available in four categories: Environment 100 Percent Post-Consumer Fiber FSC Certified, made without chlorine or new tree fiber; Environment FSC Certified with a minimum of 20 percent virgin FSC-certified fiber; Environment Alternative Fiber, containing 50 percent sugar cane bagasse and 50 percent recycled fiber, including 30 percent post-consumer materials; and Environment 100 Percent Recycled, including 30 percent post-consumer fiber.
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We’re gonna need a bigger boat
International Paper’s (Memphis, TN) Great White brand joins the company’s Hammermill collection of papers. The recycled office paper contains 30 percent post-consumer fiber, resists copier curl and jamming, is acid free and is guaranteed for use on all office machines. It is available in an 84 brightness, 20-lb. sheet.
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Small quantities and specialty papers
The PaperMill Store.com (TPMS) offers small quantities of premium text and cover papers with matching envelopes, including translucents; cast-coated C/1S and C/2S in white and colors; inkjet and laser papers; digital papers; specialty embossed papers; recycled content papers; and mica-coated metallic papers.
TPMS is supplied directly by CTI Paper USA, Fraser Papers, Leader Paper Products, Monadnock Papers, Smart Papers, Wausau Paper and Williamhouse/National Envelope.
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Sweet swatchbooks for fine, mica-coated and
CTI Paper USA (Sun Prairie, WI) swatchbook for The Fine Paper Collection (TFPC) includes ASPIRE Petallics, Bindakote, Constellation Jade, Glama Natural and VIRUTAL.
Glama Natural translucent printing papers offer new colors (rose, blush, kiwi, turquoise and violet), a clear 65-lb. cover and recycled 17-, 24- and 36-lb. papers. The papers boast uniform fiber formation and smooth surfaces.
ASPIRE Petallics mica-coated colored papers come in coated metallic colors (silver, copper, gold, white, yellow, pink, blue, purple, green and aqua). All but gold are available in 80-lb. text and 98-lb. cover. Standard inks appear metallic when printed on Constellation Jade mica-coated embossed papers’ country, spring, satin or reptile embossed surfaces. The reverse side has a wash for multicolor reproduction.
Bindakote cast-coated papers are available in a brighter blue-white shade and 60-lb. wet strength label as well as 17 other deep and metallic C1S colors. Features include a smooth surface, good lay-flat, high durability and a flexible surface for crack-resistant folding/scoring.
VIRTUAL translucent printing papers offer 12 colors, four textured whites and two traditional parchment surfaces in a variety of weights.
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Fortune, Productolith look brighter
Stora Enso’s (Stamford, CT) Productolith and Fortune swatchbooks provide all the finish and weight information designers, print production managers, print buyers and printers need.
The swatchbooks include updated specifications for Productolith (91) brightness and Fortune (88) brightness. The new brightness specifications represent gradual, subtle changes to the optics.
Call (800) 436-2635 or see www.storaenso.com/naordermaterials.
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Mohawk debuts Color Copy
Mohawk (Cohoes, NY) has applied its expertise in digital printing and crafting heavy weight papers to develop Mohawk Color Copy 100 lb. cover. Mohawk Color Copy 96 moves up two points in brightness. The new Mohawk Color Copy 98, in 100 lb. cover will be available in the following sizes: 81⁄2 x 11 inches, 17 x 11 inches and 18 x 12 inches. The expanded line will be introduced at On Demand. See www.mohawkpaper.com. or call 1-800-THE-MILL.
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Fabric envelopes deliver more
Denim and lace envelopes are among the new products offered by the Cloth Envelope Co. (Traverse City, MI). The fabric envelopes can be mailed with standard self-adhesive stamps and can be hand addressed or labeled.
The reusable envelopes are available in a variety of sizes.
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Paper buyer’s Bible
Some paper buyers refer to Grade Finders, Inc.’s (Exton, PA) Competitive Grade Finder as the "Bible of the industry." The latest edition incorporates the new brightness standards for coated offset and cover classifications.
The European Edition lists papers from European mills that are available in both the European and North American markets. Grade Finders’ Paper Buyers’ Encyclopedia contains more than 3,500 company and 6,500 paper grade listings.
For more information, contact Grade Finders at (610) 524-7070 or visit www.gradefinders.com.
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Back to uncoated paper school
Weyerhaeuser (Federal Way, WA) Paper University, a series of paper samples, demonstrates the dynamics of printing on uncoated papers. From prepress to postpress, students learn about the application of various techniques, and how to achieve superior performance from an uncoated sheet. Each brochure was printed on various weights of Cougar Opaque sheets.
For more information, visit www.cougaropaque.com.
For samples, contact your local paper distributor.
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Shall we dance?
MeadWestvaco’s Packaging Resources Group (Stamford, CT) offers a new folder explaining the benefits of Tango Web Grade graphic paperboards for web presses. Tango C2S is double-blade coated on both sides for side-to-side uniformity and a highly polished shine. The fade-resistant paper achieves high brightness levels without use of Optical Brightness Agents (OBAs).
Suitable for magazine covers, catalog covers, calendars, direct mail, postcards and more, the Tango web line includes C1S and C2S options in 8-, 9- and 10-pt. grades.
Call (800)418-0397 or visit www.tangopaper.com.
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Paper 101: The Basics
Does this sound familiar? "The XYZ Paper mill has made significant improvements to A, B and C, its No. 2 products. A, launched with what is said to offer enhanced smoothness and print uniformity, boasts a 90 brightness and clean blue-white shades in weights from 90-lb. text to 10-pt. cover."
Savvy printers can cut through this marketing fog—but it’s a foreign language to many designers and print buyers. Here’s a handy glossary you can share with your staff and customers. Read more here.
Paper & Ink FAQs
Why are desigers gravitating toward uncoated papers? A softer look in paper is emerging as a popular trend. Corporations want to project a kinder and gentler image, and uncoated smooth and textured sheets help send this message.
Coated paper has historically been the first choice for designs with lots of detail and color that pops, but designers and print buyers now are comparing uncoated with coated sheets for brochures, stationery and manuals. With UV inks and updated prepress technology, the natural surface of uncoated papers has proven to be ideal for four-color process printing. For more paper & ink FAQs, click here.
Fantastic Plastics: A Synthetic Paper Update
Synthetic paper generally refers to nonfiber-based papers, which usually means plastic-based papers. In addition to their main substance (polypropylene or polyolefin), these papers may contain inorganic fillers as well as silica or clay. Key players include Hop-Syn, Polyart, Teslin and Yupo.
Just as every coated paper is different, each synthetic paper has its strengths and weaknesses. The choice of stock is important to avoid problems on press or in finishing, as well as to avoid over-specifying the paper. Read more here.
Buying Paper: Some Handy Tips
What’s the best way to buy paper? Plan, plan, plan. It may seem like common sense, but it’s also sound advice. Whether you need standard papers or commodity grades where no current excess capacity exists, all mills will tell you the same thing: Plan ahead to avoid disappointing your clients. For more paper buying tips, click here.
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