G.F. Smith: papers and textures

On Thursday Alyson Hurst from G.F. Smith came again to visit us and talk about different papers. Although a few months ago she came to give us the same talk in Studio Impression, the talk still was interesting this time too. Some things were the same and some things were slightly different from last time. This time I think the focus was even more on the different textures and how they can be used to reinforce certain idea or message.

Alyson showed us examples of papers that feel like leather, rubber, cotton wool, plastic. Those were quite interesting! You wouldn’t even think they are actually paper. She also Showed us papers that have had a pattern/texture embossed onto them. Alyson said in their factory they can do that onto the whole big sheet of paper and it costs next to nothing. Still the effect you can get by using a paper like that is immediately noticeable and can be an easy way of making the publication or product look more special.

She also pointed out formats that are really good if you want to use different paper stock in one publication. For example loose leaves in a box, simply folded booklets or magazines, or even just folded sheets bound with a hairband. I have been thinking about maybe using different paper for some pages in my Collection book to give some things a higher status. Already Alyson’s last visit made me really interested in the idea in general and now I could maybe use it in the book.

See the difference between the sharpness of a picture printed onto a coated and an uncoated paper.

Alyson also talked about the difference in printing on uncoated or coated paper. On uncoated paper the picture won’t be as sharp and bright as on coated papers. See the pictures above as an example of this. The color picture has been printed on a coated paper. You can see every single hair in her head and even the texture of her skin. Also it is really shiny because of the glossy paper. The black and white picture however is on an uncoated paper and it looks softer, less detailed (can’t see every hair), and instead of shine it is matte.

All in all, I enjoyed the talk and it think it was useful. It gave me some ideas for the Collection book and I would like to order some sample paper from G.F. Smith at least for the book cover.

Click here to visit G.F. Smith’s website. And also, see my blog post about G.F. Smith’s visit in January!

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