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need comments on best paper for digital printing

by Charlotte / November 3, 2003 4:46 AM PST

I am writing an article for BookTech Magazine discussing the best paper to use for digital printing. I'd like to interview any print buyers or publishers to get your take on what you've learned and the tricks of the trade in regard to best papers.

pls email me with your name/company (phone nu if you prefer) and i'll shoot you over a couple questions. thanks a lot.

Charlotte Dunlap
Freelance Journalist
BookTech Magazine

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For what purpose printing?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 12, 2003 9:04 PM PST

For archival, low acid, linen or silk paper has been found dating back to over 200 B.C.

For a faux 'art work' effect, large format (3 foot and wider) printers are printing on some stippled paper for the illusion of brushwork.

For office, we just get it by the truckload based on price. This is the bulk stuff business runs on.

For photos, there is a variety of thickness, surface gloss and colors.

Your question is a good one, but without a point of reference I think we could talk that the proper medium can be from stone tablets, papyrus, to what we can obtain today.

Have you seen those sheets of porous aluminum you can put through your printer? After you print and it dries, a final polyurethane coat is applied and you have something that should outlast you. Great for museum signage.


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Re: need comments on best paper for digital printing
by mp3artists / July 23, 2004 8:02 AM PDT

the quality of the printing depends more upon the quality of the output. Linotronic output, utilizes photo negatives.

It generally outputs at 2400 dots per inch or more.

this output is generally printed using a standard press, from a small AB **** to a full size four color, with linotronic photo negatives burned to plate.

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Re: need comments on best paper for digital printing
by mp3artists / July 23, 2004 8:06 AM PDT

or just ask your questions here.


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A Loaded Question, lol !!!
by Pixelish / February 2, 2005 10:10 PM PST

If you are talking about consumers etc. who are outputting at home I recommend a 24 lb paper with a brightness of 96 or higher. Office Depot and Staples carry this in stock. Xerox and Hammermill both make a great 24 lb, bright white which makes for crips clean documents that don't feel flimsy in the hand.

On the professional end - don't get me started. Too many notes!


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