What Paper Should I Use for Brochures
Are you starting a new business, informing loyal customers about a new product or service, trying to reach new customers in a new area? Then you are most likely going to use brochure to do so. With all the options out there you probably find yourself asking “what paper should I use for brochures.” We've made the process of making your own brochure easier, by narrowing down the choices for you into four main factors:
When it comes to the weight of the paper you want to use for the brochure there are two main types: Paper Stock & Card Stock. Each has their own unique style & benefit.
This is your average computer paper with a thickness of 20-28 lbs.
- Lighter to carry (if you're handing out your brochures personally)
- Lightweight and easier to fold
- Easier to mail via envelopes
This paper is thicker than average writing paper but thinner then paperboard. Think of the paper used in scrapbook pages or for postcards.
- Durable & higher quality
- Can be mailed without envelopes
- They can stand upright on a surface to be displayed
- Won't develop crease lines
Once you have settled on how thick you want your brochure to be, next you need to decide what type of finish it will have. Paper finish refers to the texture of the papers surface. There are two main finishes typically used in brochures: Glossy & Matte.
This paper has been coated by a compound to give it a smooth, shinny appearance.
- Best for brochures with a lot of images
- Shinier & high quality finish
- More vibrant colors
- Longer lasting
- Coating seals in images which make for sharper images
This paper is also coated but without luster or gloss, giving it an untreated look.
- Best for brochures with a lot of text
- Non coating prevents smudges & finger prints
- Less glare making images appear softer
- Used by most professionals
The paper color you choose has to reflect the type of message you are promoting. There is no wrong answer here. Most business brochure are printed on plain white paper. You can use this for a professional and clean look. However, you don't have to shy way from bright hues. If your company has a distinctive color scheme, then incorporating these colors into your brochure is a great way for your clients to remember you. If you have an environmental business, a recycled brown Kraft brochure or earthy green one can accent your motto. With so much promotional material out there, a little creativity can go a long way.
Like paper color, there is no one choice when it comes to the size of your brochure. Within the business industry there are three popular brochure sizes: Letter, Legal & Tabloid. Letter is the most popular.
Letter (8.5″ x 11″)
- Most commonly used for the “tri-fold” brochure
- Easily mailed
- Fits in most brochure racks
Legal (8.5″ x 14″)
- Used for the “tri-fold” brochure
- Extra 3” in length
Tabloid (11″ x 17″)
- Used as a half-fold brochure or menu
|32lb 2-Sided Glossy Paper|
|80lb 2-Sided Glossy Cover|
Now that you have a better understanding of the basics, you can start to create your impressive brochure. Good luck! You'll never have to ask again..."What paper should I use for brochures?"