WOVE, SMOOTH, BOND, VELLUM - TYPICALLY SMOOTH TO THE TOUCH WITH SUBTLE DIFFERENCES
Paper with a WOVE finish is one of the most common papers used for general printing. Wove finish is a standard smooth even finish. SMOOTH finish is a finish that has been made smooth and level from the paper passing through sets of rollers during the papermaking process. BOND paper is a relatively high-grade paper stock generally used for letters, business forms, and copying. Some types of bond paper may have a rag content ranging from 25 percent to 100 percent. VELLUM is a very common finish for all purpose papers. It will appear smooth to the untrained eye, although the paper has a subtle roughness (tooth) which separate its from 'smooth'.
EMBOSSED, LINEN, LAID, FELT - TEXTURED VISUALLY AND TO THE TOUCH.
EMBOSSED finish is a molded appearance onto the paper sheet. The appearances of the emboss may cause the paper to be defined by a different finish such as the following paper finishes (linen, laid, felt, etc.). LINEN is a paper finish that resembles linen cloth which is usually produced after the papermaking process as an offline embossing process. LAID is a finish has the appearance of fine lines running the length of the paper. It is produced during the papermaking process with a special roller that creates the pattern in the wet paper.
PARCHMENT, cockle - ANTIQUE APPEARANCE
PARCHMENT is a paper finish that has an old or antique appearance. COCKLE is a finish that simulates characteristics of hand made paper. The effect is obtained by air drying the paper under minimum tension.
metallic, coated, CAST COATED - COMMONLY ACHIEVED BY A COATING PROCESS
METALLIC Paper coated with a thin film containing metal or a thin film of plastic whose color and gloss simulate metal. COATED is paper that has had a coating applied to give the sheet a better appearance. The coating can be applied to one side or both sides. CAST COATED is paper or board with a coating that is allowed to harden while in contact a highly polished chrome surface. This results in an exceptionally glossy coated finish, usually only on one side.
TRANSLUCENT is a thin paper that does not have the same clarity as acetate, but can be used as an overlay allowing any content placed immediately beneath it to be viewed with some lack of clarity (semi-transparent). Translucent is not technically a 'finish' although we hope to help clarify that 'vellum' and 'translucent' are different. Translucent paper will have a 'vellum finish', although so do many opaque papers. This is why it may be called 'Translucent Vellum', due to 'vellum' being the paper's finish.
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