How to: Choose the best paper for your project

Picking the best paper to print your letterheads, brochures or your flyers on to can be a difficult task. There are so many choices and not enough guidance, that’s where we come in. At Metro Repro, we wanted to share our advice for choosing the perfect paper.

When selecting your paper, you may have seen the acronym “GSM” this is a measurement of weight and stands for “grams per square metre” the higher the GSM, the heavier the paper, a heavier paper usually means better quality too. Any GSM is available, but most suppliers will just stock the most common weights.

Understanding GSM’s can be tricky if you have no real life examples to relate them to:

35gsm – 55gsm: This weight is very light in the paper world, this type of paper is commonly used for newspapers. It is very thin and easily torn or damaged.

85gsm – 100gsm: This weight is usually the type of paper you buy for your printer. It is quite thin but fine for printing copy invoices or documents for your records.

120gsm -140gsm: This paper is used for the type of posters you see plastered around town, the low-cost flyers that fall out of your local magazine or the local takeaway menu. As it is slightly heavier, it can withstand a little more wear and tear.

210gsm – 300gsm: We’re getting into the higher quality paper now. The paper is used for premium flyers, found in high-end magazines or used to advertise events.This weight may feel like a piece of card but has some flexibility; you will see this type of paper used for magazine covers.

350gsm – 400gsm: It can stand up under its own weight and is commonly used for business cards or wedding invitations, there is a sense of quality.

We hope that this guide has given you more clarity when it comes to picking the perfect paper for your project, however, if you need a little more advice, then our team are on hand to advise you. If you are a student looking for help with a project or you’re a professional in need of some help on your business project then contact Metro Repro. Call us on 0191 261 1320, use our contact form or email print@metrorepro.co.uk. In a rush? Don’t worry; we offer a lightning quick service for some projects, ask us about it!

Create the perfect poster

A poster can be a fantastic way to capture peoples’ attention. Placed in the correct location, you have the opportunity to target a huge audience that you may not usually have access to, but only if your posters design grabs peoples’ attention. Posters are unique in that they are placed in busy public areas, unlike other mass marketing materials. That’s why the team at Metro Repro wanted to share some design tips to help your poster stand out.

The content

Contrary to what you may think, when it comes to content – less is definitely more. Posters are there to grab peoples’ attention, but once that is done you won’t be able to hold it for long. Give them a short, snappy message. Images and graphics are the perfect way to attract the eye and an easy way to get your message across.

The font size and style

A poster is useless if you have to be up close to read it. Large A1 or A0 posters should be legible from 4-6 feet away, A4 – A2 posters from 1-2 feet away. Your takeaway points should be in a large font so that people will see these first. Posters are not the correct format to be subtle, use high contrast colours and make it easy to read, avoid long confusing word. Using a bold font may seem like a good idea but reading a paragraph completely in bold can actually be a strain on the eyes, use a bold font to highlight main details like names, dates or locations. Using a variety of fonts can help to break up your design.

The layout

Consider how your audience conventionally reads, most of the western world read and write from the left of the page to the right. Keep this in mind when it comes to the design of your poster. Your layout should encourage the reader to flow through the content naturally; you shouldn’t need the assistance of arrows to lead the reader’s eye.

Once you have the perfect poster design, then you need it to be printed on a superior material. At Metro Repro we use the latest technology to print posters in sizes up to A0 and beyond, we can print on a range of media’s such as photo satin, gloss, matt paper even adhesive vinyl and artist canvas, we can help your posters stand out. We can even offer a lightning quick service if you are in a rush. If you want to find out how we can help you, contact us on 0191 261 1320, use our contact form or email print@metrorepro.co.uk.