There are many different paper mills offering an extensive range of papers, most of which fit into one of the following categories; gloss coated, matt coated, silk or satin coated and uncoated.

All the terms are pretty self-explanatory, so you just have to think about what impression you want to make and remember that uncoated papers absorb the inks, creating a duller and slightly softer finish.

GSM: An abbreviation for grams per square metre, which indicates how heavy the paper or board stock is. As a guide, you could work on the premise that copier paper is approximately 90-100gsm, while at the other end of the scale, postcard stock is between 350-400gsm.