Describe That Paper!

We know that picking the best paper for your project can be hard when there are over 30 stocks to choose from, and not everyone always has time to wait for our free sample booklet. So, we have interviewed various CatPrint employees to review some of our most popular stocks and describe how they look, feel, and what they resemble to create this handy new chart!

Paper Chart

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But what about the cream stocks?! The cream stocks have significant variance in terms of the cream color between stocks, and the difference can be hard to explain in words, a sample booklet is highly recommended if you are interested in a cream paper option.

Printing Wide Format and Giclée Posters With CatPrint

Did you know that CatPrint offers archival quality Giclée printing?

Questions you might have about Giclée poster print are:

What is Giclée printing?

How do I set up files for a Giclée job?

What is a wide format job?

How do I set up a wide format or Giclée job through the CatPrint site?

The answers to all of those questions are below:

What is Giclée Printing?

Put simply, Giclée printing refers to fade-resistant, pigment based, archival quality, inkjet printing.

Giclée printing is used when your print job requires the absolute best print quality possible. This type of printing is commonly used for digital art prints and high quality reproductions of traditional art.

What are the File Requirements?

Just like with our toner based digital printing, your file needs to be at least 300 DPI. They should be high-resolution JPGs, PDFs, TIFFs, or PNGs created in CMYK color format.

Additionally, the file dimensions must be EXACTLY the same size as the print dimensions. For example, if you are printing a 24”x36” poster, your files must be 24”x36”. Full bleed jobs need to be sized 1/4″ larger than the final cut size.

Finally, the widest print our HP Inkjet Printer can produce is 44”, so be sure to keep that in mind when designing your files.

What Is Considered a Wide Format Job?

Any print larger than a no bleed 12″x18″ is considered wide format  by CatPrint’s standards.

Prints larger than 12”x18” must be printed using our HP Inkjet Printer, on either our Luster Gloss Poster Paper or Art Quality Poster Canvas which can be selected from the bottom of the paper selection menu on the Order Builder page.

How Do I Set Up a Giclée Job?

If you want your job to be printed on our HP Inkjet Printer, simply select the “Luster Gloss Poster Paper” or “Art Quality Poster Canvas” from the paper menu on the Order Builder page. Afterwards, you can fill in the rest of your print job specifications.

Please note that you do not have to print larger than 12”x18” to use the HP Inkjet Printer; we can do smaller sizes as well! However, please keep in mind that the substrates we now offer can only be printed on one side.

Keep an eye on our social media and monthly newsletters for announcements about new substrates in the upcoming months. Take the survey below if you have a substrate in mind that you would like to see us start carrying!

Tips on Creating a Booklet Order with CatPrint

We understand that creating a booklet order might be a little scary, especially if you’re not familiar with the CatPrint website. After all, it’s not everyday that you get a booklet printed and put together, right?

What are your options for creating a booklet order with CatPrint?

Printing with CatPrint means that you have endless possibilities on just exactly what can happen with your project, and that might be a bit overwhelming for some people. Here are a few scenarios that CatPrint usually sees happen with booklet orders, and we will do our best break it down for you.

As you know, printing with CatPrint means that you can print in custom sizes, but we also have recommendations!

Scenario A:

Having the same paper stock throughout the entire booklet, including the cover.

Maybe you just want to have the same stock throughout the entire booklet project.

We often see this when printing Restaurant menus. When printing menus, we recommend a UV Gloss or Plastic Stock as this allows the menu to last much longer.

Scenario B:

Outside: Cover Stock

Inside: Letter Paper

We see quite a lot of people get confused about Scenario B.

You have to set up two different jobs within the same order: one for the cover stock, and one for the letter paper.

Please make sure that in the comments section, with is located right under where you choose your delivery speed, you state that “this is the cover” and “this is for the inside”. We review all comments before they are sent to print, but you should, too!

What types of booklet binding does CatPrint offer?

Currently, CatPrint offers 3 types of binding:

1. Saddle Stitch: This binding option keeps your pages securely attached using staples.

Good For: Medium Letter Paper – Up to 10 Leaves of Paper

Heavy Letter Paper – Up to 8 Leaves of Paper

2. Spiral Bound: One of the more popular forms of binding, this option uses a plastic coil to secure the pages.

Good For: Up to 180 Pages of Letter Paper

3. Wire Bound: This is very similar to spiral bound booklets, but the wire bound option is made of a strong wire coil.

Good For: Up to 50 sheets of letter paper

Although Spiral Bound and Wire Bound definitely allow you to create a booklet, we do have certain advisories on the maximum number of letter papers that are inside the booklet. You can always contact Customer Service if you’re unsure, or receive a hard copy proof before receiving your order!

What are the recommended stocks?

Here is a list of our recommended stocks for putting together a booklet order!

Cover Stocks

For Cover Stocks, we recommend that you use any of the light card stocks to use as the cover:

Light Cardstock Cream

  • Weight: 80lb cover
  • Color: Cream
  • Finish: Uncoated
  • FSC Label: 100% Post Consumer Waste Recycled

Light Cardstock Gloss

  • Weight: 80lb cover
  • Color: White
  • Brightness: 91
  • Finish: Gloss
  • FSC Label: Mixed Credit with 10% Post Consumer Waste Recycled

Light Cardstock Matte

  • Weight: 80lb cover
  • Color: White
  • Brightness: 91
  • Finish: Smooth Satin
  • FSC Label: Mixed Credit with 10% Post Consumer Waste Recycled

Light Cardstock Plain

  • Weight: 80lb cover
  • Color: White
  • Brightness: 100
  • Finish: Uncoated

Light Cardstock UV Gloss

  • Weight: 80lb cover
  • Color: White
  • Brightness: 92
  • Finish: UV Gloss
  • *UV Gloss coating will be applied to the front side only. The back will be our standard finish gloss.

Interior Papers

For the interior pages, CatPrint recommends that you use any of our Medium or Heavy Letter Paper options.

The following are a list of the available stock options that CatPrint recommends you choose from for the interior pages:

Environmental Letter Paper

  • Weight: 20lb text
  • Color: White
  • Brightness: 92
  • Finish: Uncoated
  • FSC Label: Mixed Credit with 30% Post Consumer Waste Recycled

Heavy Letter Paper Gloss

  • Weight: 100lb text
  • Color: White
  • Brightness: 92
  • Finish: Gloss
  • FSC Label: Mix Credit with 10% Post Consumer Waste Recycled

Heavy Letter Paper Linen

  • Weight: 80lb text
  • Color: White
  • Brightness: 99
  • Finish: Woven Texture
  • FSC Label: Mix Credit

Heavy Letter Paper Matte

  • Weight: 100lb text
  • Color: White
  • Brightness: 92
  • Finish: Smooth Satin
  • FSC Label: Mix Credit with 10% Post Consumer Waste Recycled

Heavy Letter Paper Premium

  • Weight: 70lb text
  • Color: Recycled White
  • Finish: Uncoated

Heavy Letter Paper Shimmer

  • Weight: 80lb text
  • Color: Pearl White
  • Finish: Metallic Shimmer
  • FSC Label: Mix Credit with 100% Post Consumer Recycled

Medium Letter Paper Gloss

  • Weight: 80lb text
  • Color: White
  • Brightness: 92
  • Finish: Gloss
  • FSC Label: Mix Credit with 10% Post Consumer Recycled

Medium Letter Paper Matte

  • Weight: 80lb text
  • Color: White
  • Brightness: 92
  • Finish: Satin Smooth
  • FSC Label: Mix Credit with 10% Post Consumer Recycled

Medium Letter Paper Plain

  • Weight: 32lb text
  • Color: White
  • Brightness: 100
  • Finish: Uncoated

iPad Sketch App is Now Completely FREE!

Are you an artist who likes to sketch and draw on paper… but you also want to do so on the iPad? If so, Paper by FiftyThree is now completely free. Before, each tool in the app cost $1 per piece. Now, they’ve decided to reduce the price completely to zero!

What is Paper by FiftyThree?

Paper by FiftyThree allows you to draw, sketch, color, paint, and even collaborate with other people!

If you have yet to try Paper, check it out here:

To Download for your iPad:


Sustainable vs Recycled Paper: Do You Know the Difference?

If you are a green consumer, you may sometimes check for labels and seals on product packaging in order to purchase paper products that come from sustainable and/or “recycled” resources. But what does all of that even mean?

Never fear! CatPrint is here!

…To make it as easy as possible for you to understand.

Sustainable Paper

Sustainable practice means that as humans, we take the responsibility in trying as best we can to put back what we take from the environment. The idea is that we maintain harmony with nature, so for which ever resource we take, we have to replace it back in the environment in order to continue the balance.

A variety of much more environmentally friendly practices have developed throughout the years as a response to sustainability and better practices in harvesting trees for paper.

One practice is that in order to fell a tree sustainably, tree cutters will do their best to make sure that the seedlings from the trees fall onto the ground so that new trees will grow from them.

Another practice is that once an area is cleared of trees, new trees will be planted in place of them, and that area of trees will not be touched for many years until it is deemed ready to be harvested again.

These practices are sustainable because we are putting back as much as we can for what we have taken, which is completely different from clearing a forest and putting back absolutely nothing.

Recycled Paper

Recycled paper products means exactly what it sounds like: the product was made from previous paper products. If you read our previous posts on the history of paper and how paper is made, you would know that paper is made from fibers. So if you take paper fibers from paper products, mash it together into pulps, then smash them into thin layers and lay them out to dry, you would have recycled paper!

What does this all mean as a CatPrint consumer?

At CatPrint, we are committed to do our very best to provide you with environmentally friendly paper products.

So guess what?

All of our paper stocks are FSC certified!

FSC is the Forestry Stewardship Council which is a non-profit organization that does its best to ensure responsible forestry management internationally. This means ALL of our papers come from sustainable forests, which means you’re printing from CatPrint, you’re doing your part for the environment just as well! Click here for a listing of our paper stock, or click here for a sample request of all of our paper stock!

We are also a White Badge Partner with TerraPass. Click here to find out more!

Paper, Papyrus, Parchment

How fast can you say paperpapyrusparchment?

Papyrus: The Mother of Paper

Papyrus (plural papyri) was first produced around 3000 BCE as the standard writing material for the Ancient Egyptians. It was so popular it spread to many places throughout the world including Greece, Rome, and Syria.

How is a papyrus scroll made? Papyrus actually comes from the papyrus sedge plant that is native to Africa. In ancient Egypt, it was largely cultivated in the Nile Delta. The stems of the plant are thinly cut and then pasted to each other until they become sheets almost like paper. It would normally be sold in rolls that would stretch out up to 30 meters in length. These were used for long texts such as legal documents and literature. If it needed to be shorter, it would have to be cut into smaller scrolls.


Library Rivalry

Around 200 BC, the King of Egypt felt that his library at Alexandria was threatened by the Ancient Greek library located in the city of Pergamum. Thus he ordered an embargo of exporting papyrus to Pergamum. As a response, the King of Pergamum told his people to develop a replacement to papyrus that would also be more durable and lasting than tanned leather. This is how parchment was developed.

Parchment Processing

Parchment is created from animal skin, such as from cows or sheep and is not to be confused with tanned leather. Parchment is a form of leather but with more elaborate processing.

The skin needs to be washed, scraped, soaked in lime, stretched out, then scraped again. This lengthy process was repeated until everything was cleansed, leaving only the skin. After that, it was wetted, coated with chalk, and smoothed with pumice on both sides. Whereas tanned leather only allowed for one side to be written on along with poor ink adhesion, the rigorous parchment making process provided the ability to write on both sides with high durability and flexibility. These properties allowed for the creation of books and codices, giving easier access to information compared to a papyrus scroll that had to be unrolled then rolled back up. It was popularly used from the 4th to 15th centuries as the standard for European scribes, and it is also what you see in the illuminated manuscripts in many monasteries and museums.


The word paper is actually a derivative from papyrus. Paper is credited as being developed by Ts’ai Lun in 105 AD, who was a Chinese official in the royal court. Before paper was invented, bamboo and silk were the main writing materials in China. However, silk and bamboo were too expensive and rare, so it wasn’t practical to use for mass writing. With the growth and development of Chinese literature, he wanted to figure out a way to create a more readily accessible writing material.

The most important thing to remember is that paper is fibrous, meaning it comes from the combination of fibres such as from wood, cotton, and linen. The first sheets of paper were created from the pulp of mulberry tree bark, old rags and fishing nets, and hemp. These were pounded and macerated by hand until they were thin enough. Afterwards, they were laid out to dry, which then became paper. However, it was not until around the 12th century that it became a very popular writing material throughout the world. Now, paper is so popular that we have over 30 different types of in stock here at CatPrint due to customer demand! Check out our stock here:

So what’s the gist of it?

Papyrus – shredded papyrus sedge stems

Parchment – animal skin

Paperpulps of fibers beaten into thin sheets

Paper? Papyrus? Papyrus Paper?

Paper? Papyrus? Papyrus paper?

The term “paper” itself comes from the word “papyrus”, which is the plant that the Ancient Egyptians processed to write on. However, papyrus isn’t actually paper. The Egyptians sliced the stem of the papyrus plant into thin strips and pasted them together until they formed something that looked like scrolls and sheets. This is not how you create paper today.


From Goopy to Sheets

To actually make paper, you need fibres. Fibres can be from various tree barks, cotton, and many other natural sources.  The fibres are then soaked and mashed into a goopy mold, the mold is then pounded into really thin sheets, and finally hung or laid out to dry.

Paper > Bamboo + Silk

The invention of paper is credited to a man named Ts’ai Lun, a Chinese official back in 105 A.D. During this time, China was writing on either silk or bamboo sheets. The issues with this method were that silk took too long to cultivate and process to create the scrolls, and bamboo was heavy to transport. Not only were they problematic, but they were also expensive and hard to come across (just think about the effort in processing, shipping, and handling these raw materials 2,000 years ago). You couldn’t readily call CatPrint and say, “This is the type of stock that I want my books to be printed on.”

chinese bamboo writing

At this time, the growth of literature also created the need for cheaper and readily accessible writing material. Ts’ai Lun invented the first sheets of paper from pounding the wet pulps of the bark of mulberry trees, rags, hemp, and old fish nets and leaving it out to dry for about a day. Now, instead of having to pay heavy prices or waiting for the next shipment of silk and bamboo, you could just make paper. The best thing about this was that it was easily accessible, and just about anyone could do it if they had the time and material!

Paper Today

Despite this process dating to almost 2000 years ago, we are still using this method to create sheets of paper now, just at a more rapid and advanced technological level. Now we have tree farms dedicated to being cut down for the creation of paper. There is  equipment to chip the wood in preparation for it to become pulp. Complex machines are used instead of hand-macerating the pulps into sheets. Instead of hanging out the pulps to dry for days, hot rollers quickly dry the pulp into paper in a matter of minutes.

Think of how instant and readily accessible papermaking seemed to be 2000 years ago, yet is now even more instant. CatPrint already has 30+ different types of paper ready for you to choose from, which you can see and feel in our sample booklets. Try out our Instant Quote and order your prints today!

Sample Booklet

Just For Fun

Here’s a fun link on how to make your own paper at home!