We print on to GF Smith papers!

Print your next project at Ex Why Zed on to the magnificent papers from GF Smith.

Simple beauty and almost limitless creative possibilities

If you are looking for something eye-catching, full of colour or a different texture for your next print project then this is the page for you. Yes, YOU!

We have printed a lot of fabulous work that has been enhanced by the client choosing GF Smith papers.

The new GF Smith swatchbook 'brick' arrives at Ex Why Zed HQ with a bang (literally - it almost broke the desk!)


"Can you print onto coloured paper?"

This is the question we are often asked. The answer is "Yes" and we always recommend people taking a look at the range of papers from the Lake District's finest paper mill.

If your client or manager has asked for a brochure that oozes quality, or maybe you’d like a coloured card for a new Zine cover well you’ve come to the right place! The mill GF Smith supply a large range of papers which are Indigo approved and suitable for printing on our digital presses. Digital printing is cost-effective for up to 700 copies. If you are going for a longer print run – 700 copies or more, then our litho presses will be more cost effective and GF offer an even larger selection of litho specific papers.

  • Hundreds of super finishes
  • 50 premium Colorplan choices
  • 25 embossing effects
  • Creative papers to wow readers
  • Print 1 copy up to a zillion
  • Visit GF Smith’s website

Want to see the papers?

Great! GF Smith offer their own, fast sample service. Ping them an email with the papers you’re considering and they’ll ship you a set out in the next couple of days. Once you’ve made your choice then email us on hello@exwhyzed.co.uk for a print quote, easy!

Remember for up to 700 copies digital printing is much cheaper than litho so when you are choosing click the ‘Digital Papers’ tab and then the ‘Digital HP Indigo’ button.


A wide selection of papers to suit every need

Some highlights from the range of papers are:


Colorplan is GF Smith’s iconic coloured paper range. Available now in a range of 50 exciting and varied colours complimented by 25 different embossing choices to really make them pop! Choose a lightweight 135gsm or 170gsm for leaflets and text pages right upto chunky 270gsm and 350gsm for business cards and book covers.


Acknowledged as one of the only truly pure white coated papers in the world, Heaven 42 offers perfect colour reproduction, high opacity and strength on press. It is a perfect paper for printing the deepest blacks.


It's a paper made from actual beer! What's not to like? There is a range of different colours, textures and grains to add a really dynamic look to your publication. The gentle flecking of brewer's grain creates a unique surface with just a hint of texture. The range is FSC certified and performs well across all the primary print processes.


Titled because of it's Plastic Like surface. Plastic Like > P Plike > Plike...do you see what they did there?! 🙂 Available in a range of deep and vibrant colours it will give your an exceptonally illustrious and unique appearance and feel.

A little disclaimer

These are really great premium papers which will make your project look stunning. However, they are more expensive than our ‘house’ stocks (sometimes considerably more). So, if you’re working to a tight budget we recommend you stick to our house papers to make your project more viable.


Colorplan - a striking colour choice

We have been doing this a while now and have seen a lot of impressive publications come off our presses.  To give you a head start with your creative printing, here are three print specifications which work well (and photos of them, see right).

One is for an artist catalogue, one is a photography book and the third is a degree show catalogue. Each has its own characteristics which make it eye-catching and very succesful visually and as a unique print solution. If any of our showcase options would work for your project, take a note of the spec and jump on our quote form to receive your bespoke quotation. Or ping us an email on hello@exwhyzed.co.uk if that is easier.

'Artist Catalogue'
210x210mm Perfect Bound Books
4pp Cover onto 270gsm Colorplan Adriatic Blue
Black print single-sided
88pp Text onto 120gsm Uncoated
Four colour print throughout

'Momo Photography Books'
260x196mm Perfect Bound Books.
Cover 4pp onto 270gsm GF Smith Colorplan Ebony Black.
Embossed logo to front 100x100mm area.
White ink printing to spine.
104pp Text onto 150gsm House Uncoated.
Four colour print throughout.

'Fine Art Degree Show Catalogues'
176x125mm Perfect Bound Books
4pp Cover onto 270gsm Colorplan
Embossing to outer cover
36pp onto 120gsm Uncoated
Four colour print throughout.

They all look great, right?! Get in touch and talk to us about how we can print something similar for your next creative project.

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Do take a few minutes to look through the previous projects we have printed on GF Smith papers.

Helga Schmidt
A jaw droppingly impressive degree show catalogue
The brief was to produce a catalogue for the Information Experience Design course at The Royal College of Art in 2016 with 22 folded leaflets forming a set that showcased each of the students' work.
Each 4 page folded leaflet will be a different shade of Colorplan paper!!  We laughed as the brief came through and thought "This is either going to look ridiculous or the best thing ever!".
Print Spec:
18 different Colorplan Colours for 22 leaflets.
Here the chosen colours (some double choices):
Bright White, China White, Factory Yellow, Mandarin, Candy Pink, Bright Red, Fuchsia Pink, Tabriz Blue, Pistachio, Mid Green, Park Green, Harvest, Cool Grey, Real Grey, Smoke, Dark Gray, Mist, Citrine and Turquoise. And breathe 🙂
We are often asked "Can I print onto coloured papers?". The answer is "yes" and we always recommend people taking a look at the range of papers from the Lake District's finest paper mill.
Seeing your work in print!
Hey, let’s be honest…sending out a printed publication is way better than emailing someone a pdf isn’t it!?
We are an online company but we are real people
We don’t believe that you should have to settle for the bare minimum from your print company. You have spent hours, weeks and months preparing your stunning artwork so why would you now go and give it to a printer where you can get an instant price, upload a pdf, then the files disappear and you have to keep your fingers crossed that what turns up is what you expected?
Super fast response times.
We will get back to you within a few hours, usually quicker. Sometimes, we’ll get back to you before it even feels like you pressed “Send” on the email. Look, we’re not sitting here twiddling our thumbs but we certainly won’t make you wait days for a response to a quote request or email.
Informative, helpful video guides
If you’re stuck with a design process or short on ideas for styling your publication then do spend some time
UK & Worldwide delivery
Delivery within the UK is free. Yes, FREE! The portfolios will arrive the day after they leave us. We also deliver work around the world too and just charge the shipping at our cost price from the cheapest courier on the day.
Your go-to print supplier
We want to become a reliable cog in your supply mechanism. Send us your artwork, we’ll preflight it for no extra charge, then print it and deliver with no fuss allowing you to concentrate on running the creative aspects of your business.
No minimum order quantity
At Ex Why Zed you can print any quantity from 1 upwards and the exact number you need. If you'd like 71 copies then we'll print 71 copies!. If your project or publication is in its infancy then a long print run might be out of reach for Issue One. Our digital presses offer the perfect solution with low unit prices so you can test the market first.
Free print quote
Now you have spent a good chunk of time reading about what we can produce, jump over to our intuitive quote form and let us know what we can print for you. We'll work out a bespoke price and get a quote over asap to keep the momentum going in the project.

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Here is what some of our previous customers have said
10. January, 2021.
Ex Why Zed is an efficient company with very friendly and helpful staff. I was extremely happy with the effort they made printing out my children’s book and I would highly recommend their services for anyone looking for top quality printing.
18. December, 2020.
Despite it being a busy time of year, exwhyzed always got back to my emails promptly, they were very helpful and the turn around of the finished books was amazingly fast, Mike is really friendly and I would highly recommend them!
Esther Kersley
Esther Kersley
15. December, 2020.
Brilliant service. Thank you for doing such an excellent job and for such great communication.
Joe Skillington
Joe Skillington
15. December, 2020.
I was working to a very tight deadline but Ex Why Zed went the extra mile and turned my Children's book around in a matter of days. Really happy with the quality and the price is the best I found. Really happy customer!
Dele and Louisa
Dele and Louisa
15. December, 2020.
As a first time author, working with Ex Why Zed made the entire process really smooth. They not only served our printing needs but also served as consultants by guiding us on how to format our books to ensure the best possible quality. Our books came out really beautiful, the price was great and production time was super quick. Thanks Ex why zed, can’t wait to come back for my next round of books.
11. December, 2020.
I had 2 postcards made by exwhyzed and the communication,quality and price were very good. Would 100% use again
Mat Rumbelow
Mat Rumbelow
11. December, 2020.
From the outset, ExWhyZed provided fantastic support and customer service. As a first time self-publishing author, printing was a bit of a mystery. Their long and detailed explanatory video was a hugely helpful start, which enabled me to understand the process. Mike then followed up with templates, suggestions and email help to make sure my book was printed to the highest standards. They also worked hard to fulfil my order before Christmas, which was extremely important! I can't rate their service highly enough. Everybody who has seen the finished product is hugely impressed by the quality
11. December, 2020.
Exwhyzed is the best digital printer I have found for photography books in colour. The print quality is excellent, the colours exceptional and their 170gsm silk house paper superb. What makes Exwhyzed even more special is the personal service. Mike who runs the company is always willing to help with solid advice and information. I ordered a proof copy first to make sure that both of us had got it right. I was so pleased that I ordered 120 books which were printed, bound and delivered to my door with a week. I couldn’t recommend them more.
3. December, 2020.
Working with Mike at ExWhyZed was a joy! I am based in the US and wasn't sure how getting a print job done in the UK would go, but I needn't have worried. The attention to detail, patience and willingness to help - all backed up by a fantastic website loaded with excellent information made the project easy, quick and painless! Thanks Mike!
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Our helpful section of FAQs to guide in the final stages of your print journey

If you were "just wondering" about something, well “just wonder” no more, here are the answers!

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Laminating your cover

Cover lamination: you are paying a lot of money for the feel and appearance of the GF Smith papers so we recommend NOT laminating them. Better to go for a more simple cover design and let the paper be the impressive part. Rather than have a lot of in coverage which will then need laminating to prevent the ink cracking on the cover folds.

Are there cheaper alternatives to Colorplan?

Yes, on most quantities (but short print runs of under 500 copies in particular) it is ALOT more cost efficient to print a grey or colour onto our house white uncoated sheet.  This is much cheaper than buying a premium stock and you have the full gamut of CMYK colours to choose from. This video guides gives a good insight: https://youtu.be/CX-lO0b78jw

What Colorplan colours are there?

There are over 50 choices, here is a video showcasing them:

I need a smooth paper that feels a bit like velvet

Great, go for Plike! It comes in a number of shades.


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