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Dimensions Of Paper Sizes Guide

Dimensions Of A Paper Sizes
Dimensions Of B Paper Sizes
Dimensions Of C Envelope Sizes
Dimensions Of RA & SRA Untrimmed Sizes
Newspaper Sizes
Postcard Sizes
US Paper Sizes
British Imperial Paper Sizes
Paper Size Scale & Magification Factors
Portrait & Landscape Paper
Paper Stock Types
Paper Quantities - Quire, Ream, Bundle, Bale & Pallet
What Is The Weight Of A Sheet Of Paper?
US to UK & International Paper Weights
Paper Weights
Paper Whiteness, Brightness & Shade
Dimensions US & North American Envlope Sizes
English Uncut Printing, Book & Drawing Paper Sizes
A4, Foolscap, Letter & Legal Paper Size Comparison

 

Paper Stock Types


Overview

Paper stock types are the names used in the paper manufacturing and printing industry for different grades of paper. The stock types generally relate to the different purposes the paper is put to in its end use. Most people will only come across a few stock types in the course of their jobs, but will have come across many of the others in day to day life.

Each stock type has an uncut size which is used in conjunction with its basis weight to define a particular paper's qualities. Knowing the uncut size is essential in understanding why 30lb Newsprint is actually a lighter grade of paper than 20lb Bond. Click the following link for conversions from basis weight to grammage for most paper stock types.

Paper Stock Type Uncut Sizes

The following table gives the uncut sizes for each different stock type useful in calculating paper weight including weights of reams and weights of individual sheets. Sizes are given in both inches and millimetres.

Stock Type Height x Width (mm) Height x Width (in)
Bond 431.8 x 558.8 mm 17.0 x 22.0 in
Book 635.0 x 965.2 mm 25.0 x 38.0 in
Cover 508.0 x 660.4 mm 20.0 x 26.0 in
Index 647.7 x 774.7 mm 25.5 x 30.5 in
Newsprint 609.6 x 914.4 mm 24.0 x 36.0 in
Offset 635.0 x 965.2 mm 25.0 x 38.0 in
Text 635.0 x 965.2 mm 25.0 x 38.0 in
Tissue 609.6 x 914.4 mm 24.0 x 36.0 in

 The following paragraphs give an outline of the uses of the paper stock types that are most commonly used.

Bond

This paper type was originally produced as writing paper and was highly absorbant due to a high cotton content, however its cotton content has reduced in recent years following the advent of modern copying and printing technology. This is the sort of paper that will be most commonly found in offices and is used primarily in business correspondance.

Book

Book paper is named after its primary use in book printing, it is designed to be a strong lightweight paper which is suitable for double sided printing.

Cover

Cover is really what many people would call card (it is also known as Cardstock) and again takes its name from one of its primary uses in the covers of paperback books. It is often used for files, file dividers, business cards and post cards.

Index

Index card is a stiff medium to heavyweight card that absords ink well. The weight of cut sheets are similar to those of Cover stock.

Newsprint

Lightweight paper using a lot of recycled material used almost exclusively in Newspapers.

Offset

This is used in offset litho printing as the paper is resistant to tearing.

Text

Text paper is generally coloured and has more surface texture than Bond stock.

Tissue

Ultra lightweight paper, often coloured and used in art and craft work.