Paper and weight: what to choose for the printing of the thesis?

Paper. A word comes to mind and Fabriano and its paper mills rich in history and tradition. That scent of paper in progress that only those who have put their hands at least once can understand. It is the history of Italian art and of many other nations. It is the history of humanity. We handle it every day for the most disparate uses, today it is a foregone conclusion, many times we use it badly, we throw it carelessly … but it has not always been so and we would have to tell the long history of the paper to understand the fortune we have today to be able to pass a pen and see the sign that lets go over the centuries … a magic. But this is another story!

The long awaited moment has finally arrived for which you have collected an unquantifiable amount of nights in white and out of coffee stocks, even of the neighbors. But you survived!

After months of hard work, your thesis is in fact about to become a real printed paper! Soon you will touch the fruit of your immense efforts with your own hands and leaf through your little masterpiece, page after page

From screen to print: create an outfit for your pdf file!

Once the thousands of changes and corrections have been completed, your pdf file is finally ready for printing.

Leave it on standby temporarily in the memory of your PC (and other hundred storage devices … you never know!) And concentrate on just one thing, even if it may seem absurd to you: the choice of its outfit!

Yes, you are not alone in having to decide what to wear on the day of the discussion. You will also need to think about what to wear for your degree thesis!

You will be able to delight in the choice of binding, allowing your mind to regenerate and space between colors and various fabrics.

But there is also another equally important aspect to consider: the choice of paper.

The choice of paper: our advice

What are the parameters to be taken into consideration to make the most of the printing of your thesis? Why choose a weight rather than another? It always depends on the needs you have

The first characteristic of the paper to be considered for the choice is the weight. The weight is the consistency of the paper, the weight of a sheet with an area of ​​1 square meter. And here we know that the doubt arises: “But I do not relate the thesis in sheets of 1mq! If I use the A3 I am already one with very clear ideas! How can I understand? “

Consider that the weight of the paper is not its thickness, but sheets with greater weight will also have greater thickness. So … remember that a normal sheet of photocopying paper, to understand, usually has a weight of 80gr (if the copy shop aims to profit probably even a few dozen grams less!). With this consideration in mind … know that greater weight will give greater support to the paper.

Another feature to consider is the appearance: matt or glossy. Usually glossy paper is the one used by periodical magazines (those that women like so much to understand each other). The opaque paper, on the other hand, is that of normal sheets of paper, it does not reflect light.

Grammage: 80 g / m2

Ideal for: a single-sided print, with a clear prevalence of textual parts and few (or even the absence of) images. To be preferred for black and white printing.

Advantages: It is an economic paper, with an extremely smooth surface and a white point

Recipient: to be used especially for those copies intended for the commission

Grammage: 80 g / m2 – recycled

Ideal for: a single-sided print, with a clear prevalence of textual parts and few (or even the absence of) images. To be preferred for black and white printing.

Benefits: it is an ecological paper, whose use allows you to make a green choice in respect of the environment.

Recipient: it would be a good idea to use it for printing those theses that deal with ecological topics, or in general to respect the environment! 😉

Grammage: 100 g / m2

Ideal for: a two-sided printing, to guarantee a high quality output (not reachable with lower weights). Or for those who want to give print on one side a higher quality than on lower weights. Recommended for thesis with a fair amount of images. Recommended for both black and white and color prints.

Advantages: it is a good compromise between quality and price for those theses that contain both images and text.

Recipient: to be used both for your own copies and for those destined for the speaker.

Grammage: 120 g / m2

Ideal for: a high quality front / back print, for those theses with a high image content. Or for those who want to give more volume to the elaborate through a more substantial single-sided print. Recommended for both black and white and color prints.

Qualities: it is a paper with an excellent white point, full-bodied and at the same time with an excellent smoothness.

Recipient: to be used both for your own copies and for those destined for the speaker.

Grammage: 135 g / m2 – coated.

Ideal for: a color print with a clear prevalence of graphic parts: images, photographs, graphics and projects. Suitable for both single-sided and double-sided printing.

Advantages: it is a paper coated with a thin patina that increases the shine and gives an excellent rendering of color images.

Recipient: particularly suitable for prints dedicated to publication or for their own copies, or simply for undergraduates who want to focus a lot on images, colors and aesthetics.

And you … what paper will you choose to print your thesis?

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