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How to Choose the Right Paper for General Use

August 15th, 2013 7:29 am

Choosing the right paper for your project is more complex than just picking the most expensive sheet and keeping your fingers crossed. In fact, you shouldn’t think about choosing paper based on the highest quality available, or the highest quality you can afford. Rather, you should figure out the most appropriate quality paper for your needs because most appropriate equals best. Every kind of paper is graded according to four different criteria as below:


Brightness is how white, or reflective, a paper is. A low brightness in cheap commercial paper (or expensive specialized stationery) means you’ll see diminished contrast between the paper and the ink or toner. In other words, the whites will look off-white, and the blacks look not as deep or as dark as they could.

Brightness is rated according to a scale of 1 to 100, with 80 being the lowest commercial grade and 100 the highest. However, not all paper manufacturers use the same ISO scale, so while the numbers may not be directly comparable from paper maker to paper maker, the rule-of-thumb is, the higher the number, the brighter (better) the paper. The average brightness for photocopy paper is 92, while premium paper may have a rating of 96 or 97. Although most paper sold lists a brightness figure right on the packaging, other paper manufacturers eschew the numerical scale and instead describe their paper with monikers such as UltraBright or SuperBright.


Opacity is the degree to which light passes through the paper. Most paper exhibits a certain degree of translucency, so if you hold it up to the light, you can see what’s on the other side. With some cheap paper, the opacity is so low that whatever’s printed on the other side will bleed through, whether or not you hold it up to a light source. For this reason, low-opacity paper is highly unsuitable for double-sided printing. As with brightness, the general rule-of-thumb: The better (more expensive) the paper grade, the higher its opacity. There’s no specific opacity grading scheme, though many manufacturers will describe their products as low-, medium-, or high-opacity paper.


Weight is how heavy or thick a paper is. Thick paper has a look and feel about it that denotes quality and importance, while thin paper has greater translucency, may impart a sense of cheapness (or the lack of importance of a document), and can be harder to handle (though it’s less expensive, and more can be stored in the same amount of space).

Paper weight is rated in pounds. The measurement reference harks back to the weight of 500 sheets of uncut printing-press paper. A 20-pound rating is the average weight for plain paper, 24 pounds is typical of a better-grade stock, and 32 pounds is generally considered stationery-grade. Report covers are 68 pounds, and postcard stock weighs in at 110 pounds.


Texture, also known as surface or smoothness, refers to how the paper looks and feels. Depending upon a number of factors (such as how it’s manufactured, if it’s coated or uncoated, the percentage of rag to cellulose, if any recycled materials are being used), paper can be smooth or slick, grained or pebbled, matte or silk. Texture affects how ink or toner is deposited and spread onto the paper. The rule of thumb is that smooth papers work better on inkjet and laser printers, while textured papers are more suited for handwritten notes and special-occasion use, such as wedding invitations and birth announcements.

Ideas of Choosing Window Curtains

May 21st, 2013 6:45 am

The window curtains that you use can completely change the way your room looks. So, If you are trying to select window treatments for your home but are unsure of where to start, there are a few pointers that will help make finding the right window curtains much easier.

Keep the curtains in the room – Many people make a mistake that they find a curtain style and they put the same curtains into every room whether it looks good with the decor or not. The simple fact is each room can have different curtains, unless you are working with an open floor concept and you will not want a child themed curtain in a living room any more than you would want bold and luxurious window coverings in a child’s room. Be aware of this fact and make sure that you change up the curtains from room to room.

Your privacy – One of the more popular window treatments that you can find are sheer drapes. While these are wonderful in many different areas, they are not the best style of drape to purchase if you want to have a little privacy since you can see through most sheer drapes. Bedrooms should never have sheer drapes solely, and neither should bathrooms for that matter. Instead, pair them with a darker drape or window covering that does just that; covers.

The lighting – When it comes to windows, not all of them produce the same amount of lighting and this will affect the type of drapes that you use. Drapes that are heavy can block out a lot of light and this works well in a bedroom, especially bedrooms that offer amazing views of the sunrise. Sheer drapes are excellent for sun rooms that don’t need a lot of privacy. Sheers provide a light airy feel that work wonderfully in many spaces. When you know the amount of light coming through the window, you can plan accordingly.

Materials – There are many different materials and fiber combinations that you can use for a curtain but your should choose materials that are fade resistant, especially if the room gets a lot of light, which is common in south facing rooms. Although silks may seem luxurious for a room, they are better left on the pillows and other accents since silk curtains will fade quickly and you will be left with dull and ugly curtains on your windows.

Tie in the design – While you may not realize it, it is very important to tie the curtains in with the theme. This does not mean that you have to play it safe and make the curtains match perfectly but they shouldn’t clash with the decor. Make sure that the materials reflect the materials in the room, the color works with your color palette and the thickness of the material works with the feel of the decor. The last thing you will want is a heavy drape in a light and airy design space.

When it comes to the color, you can use the curtains to add depth to a space or you can use the curtains to provide a little pop of color or a statement piece to the room.

Directory Supply for July 2012

July 9th, 2012 3:11 am

Supplier Directory
Directory Supply for July 2012 relates to Supplier Directory. Supply Directory provides links to suppliers, industrial supplies, construction, home supplies, office supplies, agriculture, automobile, equipment & tools, home appliances.

Laser Fax Machine

June 30th, 2012 7:48 am

Ideal for: Offices that use their fax machines frequently (25 or more times per day) and require high quality output. Burns text and images onto photosensitive drum using a laser, and then uses toner to print onto plain paper.

These machines are the highest quality, but only print in black and white. Very reliable, requiring little maintenance, except for replacing toner and paper (both sold separately).

Key features:

Dual access function, meaning you can scan a document in and receive a document at the same time. The scanned document remains in the machine’s memory until it can be processed.

Transmission speed ranges from 2 to 8 seconds per page.

Typically has a 15 to 50 page auto–document feeder, 200 to 250– sheet (letter or legal) paper tray capacity, and 80 to 600 page memory. Page memory is a must; it stores outgoing and incoming pages, saving information when the machine runs out of paper.

Generally has the ability to send one fax to 20 to 282 recipients/locations

Some models also act as a copy machine with the ability to enlarge or reduce documents during the copying process.

Some machines will automatically reduce incoming legal size faxes to letter size so no information is lost.

All print terminal transmission identification at the top of each page received, indicating date, time, fax number, and sometimes name or company of sending party.