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Paper Types and Finishes Guide

At Lettuce Print, we recognize that the choice of paper type and finishing touches play a significant role in bringing your print project to life. To help you navigate through the various options available, we've put together this in-depth guide. Here, you'll find detailed information on paper types, weights, and finishes that will enable you to make well-informed decisions for your specific requirements.

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Paper Types and Finishes:


Matte paper offers a smooth, non-reflective surface that exudes a professional look and ensures excellent readability. Its understated elegance makes it a popular choice for business cards, brochures, and flyers.


With its shiny surface, glossy paper enhances color vibrancy and contrast, ensuring that your images truly pop. This makes it the perfect choice for printed photographs, promotional materials, and product catalogs.


Uncoated paper has a more organic, textured feel compared to its counterparts. Its surface easily absorbs writing inks, which makes it an excellent choice for stationery, letterheads, and notepads.


Our eco-friendly recycled paper options are made from post-consumer waste without compromising on the quality, appearance, or feel. By choosing recycled paper, you'll be contributing to a more sustainable environment.

Paper Weights:

Paper weight is indicative of the thickness and sturdiness of the paper. We offer a wide range of paper weights to cater to diverse project needs:

Lightweight (60-100 gsm)

This option is perfect for projects that require a more delicate touch, such as flyers, brochures, and inserts.

Medium weight (100-200 gsm)

With a slightly heavier feel, this paperweight is suitable for business cards, postcards, and booklets.

Heavyweight (200-350 gsm)

For a more premium and luxurious feel, opt for heavyweight paper, ideal for high-end business cards, invitations, and presentation folders.

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Specialty Paper Finishes:

1. Lamination

Lamination involves applying a thin plastic film to the paper, resulting in added durability, water resistance, and a polished appearance. You can choose from matte or glossy lamination options based on your preference.

2. Foil Stamping

Foil stamping adds a touch of luxury by applying a metallic foil to the paper, resulting in a striking and sophisticated effect. This finish is ideal for elevating the look of business cards, invitations, and packaging designs.

3. Embossing

The embossing process raises specific areas of the paper, creating a three-dimensional effect that adds depth and texture. This technique works exceptionally well for logos, monograms, and other unique design elements.

4. Spot UV Varnish

Spot UV varnish involves applying a clear, glossy coating to select areas of the print, creating a contrast with the matte surface. This finish can be used to emphasize essential design elements and add visual interest to your print project.

5. Die-cutting

To achieve custom shapes and cut-outs in your print design, opt for the die-cutting process. This technique allows for innovative and creative print designs that stand out from the crowd.


Selecting the right paper type, weight, and finish is crucial in creating the perfect print project. Our dedicated team at Lettuce Print is always available to assist you in making informed decisions based on your specific needs and preferences. If you have any questions or need further guidance, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help bring your creative vision to life.

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