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Uncoated paper has special qualities that make it ideal for special printing jobs.  The Printing Report considers what makes it so interesting.

Uncoated paper has a special texture and a natural look that makes it a favourite when producing high-end printed materials.

Its slightly rougher and more textured feel adds character to the page and can add an element of elegance and prestige.

It’s versatile too – it’s available in a variety of textures and finishes, so you can choose the finish that best suits the statement you want to make.

It is particularly suitable for books and newspapers and other black and white printing jobs.  This is because of the greater porosity of uncoated paper; it absorbs more ink than a coated paper would – potentially saving on ink too.

There are some drawbacks to uncoated paper, however.  While its greater absorbency adds efficiency and cost-effectiveness when you are printing in black and white.

However, it is possible to compensate for dot gain and other associated effects by making certain adjustments.  A skilled and experienced printer will make the necessary changes so you don’t need to compromise between the paper finish you desire and the quality of colour saturation or separation.

Read the Printing Report’s guide which explains how to do this through adjustments to shadow and highlights and the use of quick-setting inks.

While uncoated paper may be especially good for black and white print jobs, there is no reason why it can’t be used for colour print jobs if you bear these best practise tips into consideration and choose a good quality paper that is appropriate for the job in hand.

It’s even possible to buy uncoated papers for your office and home office supplies.

For specialist print jobs, given the choice of textures and finishes of uncoated paper, it can be useful speaking with a local print shop.  Alternatively, ask for a sample book so you can feel the different textures on offer for yourself.  This will help you select the perfect paper for your print job.

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