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What is Uncoated Paper?

There are several variables that companies should take into consideration when planning any printing project. It is noth just about whether to utilize digital printing or offset pritning, the paper type you choose is an important consideration. In our previous post, we discussed the different types of coated paper along with the benefits and uses for each one. As we mentioned in that post, it is important to understand the options available in order to make certain that your printed product meets all expectations… from aesthetics to function. Here, we'll explain exactly what uncoated paper is, its qualities, as well as its uses and benefits.

Physical Qualities of Uncoated paper

In order to understand exactly how uncoated paper can work for your next project, it is important to first talk about just how porous it is. Since there is no clay coating, the surface is more porous than coated paper and uncoated paper can therefore hold more ink. That doesn't necessarily mean you will have more density. Prints on uncoated paper then to try back. In addition, uncoated paper feels more natural to the touch because its wood fibers are more exposed than those of coated paper. Make sure that your color proofs simulate how the print will look on uncoated paper. Ask your customer service rep.


What is the function of your printed product? Is an uncoated paper REQUIRED to make a piece more user friendly? Uncoated paper lacks a shiny finish that many coated papers possess. The uncoated surface makes large amounts of text easier to read. It is also easier to write on uncoated paper because of its absorbency. In addition, engravings (like embossed shapes or foil stamped designs) work better on uncoated paper. Uncoated paper can serve as both an economically and aesthetically appealing choice for your project.


Uncoated paper is ideal for those times when you’re seeking a finished product with a more elegant look. Since the paper feels more natural and is easier to read text from, it's ideal for letterheads, stationery, college booklets, menus, and brochures. Choose this option if you need to write on your finished print piece. Also, uncoated paper is a great choice for eco-friendly companies since it offers a more natural and “earthy” look and feel.

Overall, uncoated paper offers a more traditional, natural look for printed pieces printed on either a digital or offset press . It is more absorbent than coated paper and makes reading and writing easier. These are all important factors to take into consideration when choosing the right paper. Contact us and our team will work with you to find the best option and ensure that all of your printing needs are exceeded.