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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 email@example.com if that is easier.
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.
Do take a few minutes to look through the previous projects we have printed on GF Smith papers.
If you were "just wondering" about something, well “just wonder” no more, here are the answers!
For the full range of GF Smith papers visit their collection page at:
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.
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
There are over 50 choices, here is a video showcasing them:
Great, go for Plike! It comes in a number of shades.