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By CBFindlay August 5 in Paper and Pen Paraphernalia

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I'm trying to make my own Traveler's sized planner inserts and I found a layout that I really like. (I love the Midori paper of the original inserts but I want white instead of cream and want to tweak the layout a bit.) So, I'm looking to get my layout printed on some good paper that's as close to the Midori paper as possible. Can you run Midori white paper, or Clairfontaine or something similar, through a laser printer? Or do I have to get paper specially made for a printer? 

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4 hours ago, CBFindlay said: Can you run Midori white paper, or Clairfontaine or something similar, through a laser printer?

I can't see why not, especially if you're prepare to put the paper through one sheet at a time using the manual feed tray. Midori sells MD  and MD Cotton paper in A4-sized pads , so the page size itself isn't going to trip the typical laser printer over. (Of course, only the MD Cotton paper is white .)

4 hours ago, CBFindlay said: Or do I have to get paper specially made for a printer? 

I've printed (quite toner-dense content) on old Tomoe River FP 52gsm paper before, and it worked fine. Not that I wrote on it afterwards; I only wanted the document to be printed on paper that is really thin.

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Clairefontaine makes some standard inkjet/laser paper too, in various weights, but those mostly advertised as such IMO aren't that good for fountain pens.

I printed on various different A5 "fp friendly" papers and most do well, the thinner ones do tend to curl a bit but that may just be my printer (if you have the option to have the paper load from the top I recommend that). Some loose a bit of "suppleness", if I can use that term for paper, but that doesn't affect the writing quality.

My work choice is the Kokuyo office paper (64g), a good versatile office paper (just as advertised, ha!), including when used in a laser printer. But it's a bit ivory so you might not want that.

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If that should prove difficult after all, you can always go the other way round: Most, if not all, laser-friendly papers will also work well with fountain pen ink. The reason is that they are less absorbant than paper that is optimized for injets. Inkjet-paper will be very absorbant so that the prints dry quickly, but it can lead to a lot of feathering when you have a wetter pen.

Laser-paper is more resistant though - you will have longer drying times, but wet nibs and shading inks tend to work well. I am sometimes using Avery Zweckform 90 Paper. It's more expensive than you need, but this brings out the qualities in diffcult inks beautifully, without bleed-through or feathering.



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Understanding paper differences will help you make the best choice for the type of document you want to print, copy or scan.

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There are a dizzying number of variations in copy and print paper — colors, thickness, coatings, sizes and manufacturers are just a few on the list. Paper differences affect how well the paper you've chosen will meet your needs and how much it will cost. To produce the best-quality printed product at the lowest possible price, it's important to be clear about which type of paper is best for the job at hand.

Copy paper , or multi-purpose paper, is the perfect choice for text-only documents that you're printing, faxing or photocopying. A 500-sheet case of copy paper generally weighs 20 pounds. It's also the least-expensive paper option. Due to its low cost, copy paper is the best choice to print out reference materials and documents to be filed, for example.

Inkjet Paper

Made specifically to be used in inkjet printers, inkjet paper is typically a slightly heavier weight than copy paper — around 22 to 24 pounds for 500 sheets. It's also coated, so that it can dry fast to avoid smears. Inkjet paper is better for double-sided printing or copying, because the ink shows through less than on copy paper.

Laser Paper

Also heavier than copy paper, laser paper has a slightly smoother finish. It's treated to accept lots of color ink and is often a brighter white, which provides more color contrast. Laser paper is best for documents that will be presented to customers, such as proposals or presentations.

Card stock is the heaviest paper and is generally used for business cards, presentation covers and postcards, because it is so durable. Its thickness guarantees that ink on one side won't show through on the other side. That thickness does come at a slight cost, however, as card stock is more expensive than copy paper.

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If you’re looking for some tips on selecting the right paper for your printer then this article can help. Selecting the right paper involves choosing the paper type, weight, brightness, and size. I’ve used many different papers in various printers over the years.

When you’re looking for paper I’ve found important factors are the type of printer and purpose of the print job . Before I worked on printers I thought paper was just paper. But now I’ve learned paper really matters to get the best results from a laser printer. Choosing the right size, type, and brightness for the job will ensure a great outcome.

Quality paper will benefit your printer in other ways. Better paper doesn’t jam as much. Also it won’t cause as much wear and tear on your printer over time.

There is a huge variety of paper out there. The right paper type for sublimation paper , copy paper , inkjet paper , and Transfer paper are covered elsewhere.

I could just recommend you premium inkjet paper for your inkjet printers and premium laser paper for laser printers, but why? Here’s a quick rundown for you on the differences and the benefits of each type.

How to Recognize Good Paper

In my experience paper with a coating will improve the print quality and gives the print a glossy appearance. A coated paper will help an inkjet printer more than a laser printer though.

Coatings are added to the paper to make the surface even smoother and more uniform. Paper with a high gloss, semi gloss, or gloss appearance will have a coating. Matte paper usually doesn’t have a coating.

The difference between the uncoated papers is hard to tell at a glance. I’ve been in the industry a long time and the best way I’ve found is to hold the paper up to the light. Copy, multipurpose, and bond paper will look uneven. Good quality color, laser, or photo paper will look uniform.

In the image below, the left side is multipurpose paper and the right side is premium color paper when held up to a light. Lesser quality paper has light and dark blotchy areas. The best paper looks even with an uniform amount of light showing.

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Another way I’ve found is the tear test. Tear a sheet of paper in half. Good paper will tear fairly straight and even. While lower quality paper will tear erratically. Those are the ways to tell before loading paper. After an image is printed the differences are more obvious though. .

The difference between good and better quality paper can also be felt. While holding a sheet of paper in your hands, rub it between your thumbs and fingers. Better paper even feels smoother.

You can also feel the weight of the paper . Heavier isn’t necessarily better. Cardstock isn’t as smooth as photo paper even if they’re the same weight.

If only paper manufacturers would have samples in stores for everyone to see and feel. The next best thing is buying paper in the smallest ream available to test for yourself.

You could always go to a print shop and randomly grab their paper. Of course, they might give you a strange look and ask what the heck are you doing!? Just say you’re there to fix a printer, seems to work for me .

Types of Paper for a Laser Printer

All paper is basically made the same way. Different tree fibers and additives are used to make various types of paper. The types of paper are based on their purpose.

Regular copy paper , aka bond paper, is better for printers than general use paper. Neither are coated either but copy paper better for copiers and printers. This is the lowest grade recommended for laser printers or copiers. I wouldn’t use copy paper in an inkjet printer.

Multipurpose paper is similar to copy paper. It will be brighter and slightly heavier. The fibers are uniform and smoother than copy paper. It is also uncoated but much better overall than copy paper. This is the lowest grade I recommend for inkjet printers.

Premium color paper, sometimes called Laser paper, is ultra smooth, has little paper dust, and uses more uniform fibers. This paper is much better than multipurpose paper. It has a light coating to make a smoother and more uniform surface. This paper will have good results for text as well as color images.

Photo paper is similar to the premium color paper, only it has a thicker coating. This coating is specifically for inkjet printers and will not work in a laser printer. In my experience premium color laser paper is as close to photo paper as it gets for a laser printer.

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The most common size papers around here are Letter (8.5×11), Legal (8.4×14), Ledger (11×17) and Statement (5.5x 8.5). Something to note is the last two standard sizes are double and half the letter size.

Elsewhere in the world A3, A4, and B4 are standard paper sizes . A4 is closest to Letter, A3 closest to Ledger, and B4 close to Legal. Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz later. Just remember there are 3 major standard sizes depending on your country. From what I’ve seen the majority of copiers will use Letter (or A4 respectively).

A standard ream of paper is 500 sheets. Reams of special paper can vary. Paper also comes in packages of 25, 50, 150, or 250 sheets. Typically a case of paper will have 10 reams for 5,000 sheets of paper. Yet I’ve seen other cases come with 8 reams for 4,000 sheets.

Brightness and Weight

When it comes to printing color, whether it be inkjet or laser , in my experience the higher the brightness the better. A higher brightness really makes the colors and text stand out. When printing color images weight is more a matter of preference, but I recommend 95 bright white or higher for printing color images.

When using different paper weights it mostly depends on your printer. In my experience home printers tend to not handle heavier papers (80 GSM or higher) as well as business class printers.

I’ve seen many laser printers with specs for some heavy paper. However, for best results I avoid pushing any laser printer to its max weight. I’ve found a paper weight of 32lb has the best results. Of course many laser printers can print fine on 120lb cover. But in my experience using heavier stock regularly will prematurely wear out fusers and feed rollers.

I recommend using 24 lbs paper or heavier for printing a resume or other important document. From what I’ve seen the difference between 20 lbs and 24 lbs paper is noticeable and will make any document stand out.

Paper comes in a variety of colors now. I’ve found colored paper is another alternative to make a resume or flier stand out.


In my experience off brand paper isn’t as good as brand names. That isn’t always the case. For example, groceries or tools generic brands are often as good as the brand names. Yet for paper I avoid the off brands.

Based on the many test prints I’ve done over the years with Hammermill, HP, Epson, Boise, and Domtar. These brands are top notch. Who but WB Mason also makes great paper (and a catchy slogan). The office brands of paper are not very good in my experience. Neither are other brand papers. They are cheap, have lots of paper dust , and non necessarily acid free.

Laser Paper

To strike a balance between quality and lower cost for my inkjet and laser printers I use an uncoated premium paper. It isn’t as drastic a difference as photo inkjet paper in an inkjet printer. However I’ve found premium color paper vs general purpose paper does make a significant difference when printing color. It’s smoothed surface does an excellent job preventing toner and ink from bleeding into the paper. For everyday printing on your inkjet or laser printer this is the paper to use:

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Premium Color Paper

In my experience this is as close to photo paper as it gets for a laser printer. If you want the best color print quality your laser printer can get then this is the right paper for you.

The test pages I’ve done with this paper are noticeably better than copy or multipurpose paper. When applying 4 layers of toner a smoother surface will allow the pile of toner to retain it’s original shape as much as possible. A smoother surface will distort the transfer of toner less than a rough one. The image will have sharper edges and more vibrant colors the less the toner spreads.

When printing in color the best results I’ve seen are from the smoothest, coated paper, such as these from Hammermill:

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Economy Paper

While in the field I see many accounts use this paper for for their printers and copiers. For an economy paper I’ve found it is surprisingly dust and jam free . If you want a ton of paper that is easy on the wallet this is the paper for you.

This is the economy paper I’ve seen used the most with the fewest issues. If you can find cheaper paper than this I don’t recommend using it. In my experience the cheapest paper money can buy will have issues. This is one step above that and is reliable.

Hammermill Copy Paper

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Special Paper

When a laser printer gets special paper magical things can happen. Water proof paper. Tear proof paper. Transfer paper. Waterproof paper doesn’t work on an inkjet. But you can still write on it with a pen or pencil. I’ve found it’s great for recipes, signs, business cards, or maps. Say goodbye to that Laminator and hello to smudge-free prints. I’ve found you can save money too by printing on your own waterproof and tear proof paper!

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Decal Paper

I’ve found this paper is as close to sublimating on rigid materials as you can get for a laser printer. Toner is basically melted plastic which is just about as durable as sublimation ink.

Further, toner is waterproof. Once cured this transfer will fare better than any ink transfer. Print your own decals. Customize mugs, model cars, plates, or ornaments. In my experience, this is simpler than sublimation printing. The only drawback is you can’t use it on fabrics.

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Label Paper

What would an article about paper be without mentioning labels? It rarely happens but when a label jams in a printer it is something remarkable. I’m always impressed by how a printer can eat a label.

Labels come in many shapes and sizes. Of all the office printers I’ve worked on these are the most used, Avery 8160 . In my experience they are very reliable and have few paper jams. Be sure to use Avery’s free design and print software . It’s good for printing labels exactly where you want them. Whether you want to print a whole sheet or one specific label on a sheet!

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Paper is like a sponge and will absorb any moisture in the air around it. In my experience basements or garages are not good places to store extra reams of paper. Although it is a good idea to store paper in its own container . From what I’ve seen if the room is kept at a reasonable temperature and humidity it is fine to store the paper in a drawer or top of a cabinet.

Besides humidity, the biggest issue I see is how flat the paper is stored. Paper will retain the shape as it’s stored. Leaving one corner hanging over the edge or laying the ream over an uneven surface will aggravate any natural curl present in the paper. Too much curl can cause jams.

Speaking of paper feed, some manufacturers will mark the ream of paper with an arrow ▲. This indicates which side of the paper should be printed on first. If there isn’t any mark usually the side which the seam of the wrapper is on is the “face” which will have the better results. If it isn’t in the documentation with your printer, mark one side with an X then send it through the printer. This way you’ll know which side of the paper your printer prints on.

Each printing project will have specific requirements and I’ve found matching them to the right paper will save money in the long run. In my experience copy paper is fine for everyday printing such as directions, drafts, lists, etc. Multipurpose paper is good for reports, invoices, forms, or some color documents. Premium color paper is great for photos, images, resumes, etc.

In my experience the higher the paper weight and brightness the better. Up to a point. Not every project needs 50lb coated photo paper. On the other hand, a double-sided printing project in color on 24lb paper may not be enough to stop heavy images bleeding through on 2 sided.

I’ve found learning the differences in paper helps make decisions about what paper to choose. Hopefully you found these tips for selecting the right paper helpful and don’t forget to fan the paper before loading!

Laser printers don’t require special paper. They can use multi purpose, copy, laser, color, construction, or cardstock to name a few. One type they can’t use is inkjet photo paper with a coating specifically for inkjet printers.

Construction paper is not the best paper for laser printing but any laser printer will print on it.

Multipurpose paper means for multiple types of printers. It can be used in laser or inkjet printers.

Another term for premium color printing paper.

Copy paper is lower quality paper for B&W printing. Laser paper is high quality paper for color printing.

In the US letter (8.5×11), legal (8.5×14), and ledger (11×17) are the most common sizes. Standard sizes in the UK and elsewhere are A4 (210x297mm), A3 (297x420mm), and B4 (257x364mm).

Glossy can refer to a finish or coating. A glossy finish is fine for color laser printers. The glossy coating specific for inkjet printers doesn’t work in a laser printer.

You should use premium color laser paper for high quality prints on a laser printer.

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The Copier Guy, aka Dave. I’ve worked on printers, copiers, and faxes over 23 years. When I’m not fixing them I’m writing about them . Although, I’m probably better at fixing them. I’ve worked with every major brand of printer. As well as several types of printing processes.

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What is laser printer paper?

Laser printer paper is a type of specially coated paper that is heat-treated to withstand the searing heat levels of the lasers that fuse polymer toner to paper. Toner fuses to the page to create the text and images you want to print onto the paper. This process provides sharp images and easy-to-read text.

What type of laser printer thickness should I use?

The most common weights — or thickness — used for printing documents are 20 lb to 28 lb laser paper.

Laser printer paper can come in a variety of weights, up to 60 lb and beyond. It’s important to remember that the thicker the paper, the more difficult it may be to correctly fuse ink to each sheet. This has nothing to do with the quality of your paper, but rather your laser printer’s handling settings.

Always make sure you read your manufacturer’s instructions to be sure your printer is properly calibrated for optimal paper handling on thicker paper. Doing so will make sure that your text and images are correctly fused and that ink does not flake off.

What kind of paper does a laser printer use? Does it make a difference?

It makes a big difference whether you use laser printer paper in your laser printer or not. Laser printer paper is treated to withstand the high heat that fuses ink to the page. If you use the wrong type of paper, the paper coating can melt from the laser heat and damage your printer. Always be sure to use paper that is specifically labeled for use in a laser printer. Otherwise, you may incur expensive costs to repair your printer.

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Why does my laser printer paper curl sometimes?

Since paper is made from mostly organic elements, it can be sensitive to the environment. If you are experiencing humid weather or live in a climate that is mostly humid year-round, your paper may absorb some of this moisture, causing it to curl. To prevent this from happening, make sure the area where you store your paper is air conditioned and well-ventilated.

Why is my laser printer making marks or stray lines on my paper?

If you see marks or vertical or horizontal lines printed on your paper, this isn’t an issue of paper quality. This is a common issue with laser printers. This can happen for one of many reasons:

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Faulty printer rollers are almost always the root cause of laser printer paper jams and feed problems. Lines can be a sign your rollers may need to be replaced. If you are consistently seeing lines or marks on your paper, it may be time to call in a professional printer repairman or schedule your laser printer for a professional cleaning.

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    1. The Best-Reviewed Laser Printers

      If you’re looking for a new printer that’s fast and prints out high-quality papers, it’s time to consider adding a laser printer to your shopping list. But first, take a look at some of the best-reviewed options on the market. Each is suita...

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      When it comes to writing academic papers, the American Psychological Association (APA) style is one of the most commonly used citation formats. If you’re new to writing an APA paper, it can be overwhelming at first.

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      Writing a research paper is a bit more difficult that a standard high school essay. You need to site sources, use academic data and show scientific examples. Before beginning, you’ll need guidelines for how to write a research paper.

    4. Writing on top of laser printed paper? : r/printers

      There's very very few lasers that use fuser oil anymore and all of them are production level machines. I don't see why you couldn't write on the

    5. Laser printing on writing paper?

      If that should prove difficult after all, you can always go the other way round: Most, if not all, laser-friendly papers will also work well

    6. Can you use regular paper in a laser printer and have it ...

      Laser printers are marvelous, but they cannot transmute one kind of paper into another. If you need to print on high-quality bond or heavy-

    7. Can I Print on Your Art Paper?

      Many artists ask us if they can run our Watercolor, Mixed Media, Bristol and other art papers through an inkjet or laser printer. Typically they are looking

    8. Types of Printer Paper

      Can I use laser paper in an inkjet printer? While possible, it's not

    9. Difference Between Inkjet Paper & Laser Paper

      Inkjets and laser printers don't technically require different paper. You can use a ream of cheap office copy paper and get results that are adequate for

    10. Can You Engrave Ordinary Paper with a Laser Cutter? Glowforge

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      It's treated to accept lots of color ink and is often a brighter white, which provides more color contrast. Laser paper is best for documents that will be

    12. Selecting the Right Paper for Your Printer

      If you want the best color print quality your laser printer can get then this is the right paper for you. ... But you can still write on it with a

    13. Laser Printer Paper

      This is a common issue with laser printers. This can happen for one of many reasons: Your print cartridge drum may be damaged. The fuser in your laser printer

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