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The Great Paper Debate

Has the ever growing, ever trendy paper industry left you feeling ever perplexed?  Over the years, Tecre customers have experimented with the abundance of options.  From matte to glossy to bond paper or card stock, nobody has delved into the paper industry like an experienced and experimental badge maker.  Don’t let the great paper debate be a source of angst for you.  Tecre has some wonderful news to share regarding paper choices.  You don’t have to spend a lot on paper to produce professional-looking buttons.

We are often asked about matte vs. glossy paper.  There really is no need to invest in a high-gloss paper.  The mylar covering for the button will provide plenty of shine and will even enhance your graphic.  For our purposes of sample buttons, we use Epson Presentation Paper Matte (27 lbs.) and it works fabulously.  In selecting your paper, there are two things you want to keep in mind: paper brightness and paper thickness.

Brightness:  For crisp and vibrant prints, you want to choose a paper that has the highest brightness rating you can find.  Typically anything above 95 will assist you in producing high quality prints.  Pay attention to key words such as “super white”, “ultra-bright,” or “bold bright white.”

Thickness:   This is the area that can be the most overwhelming.  Because paper can vary by material, many of the tools used to measure it are not consistent (such as pounds, for example).  For that reason, it may be most helpful to strictly pay attention to the caliper when measuring the thickness.  Some of Tecre’s button making machines and diesets can be purchased in either a paper or a photo style.  That being said, the majority of our customers choose to print their graphics on standard paper and do not require the photo style equipment.  However, many photo labs and studios prefer to use actual photo prints in the button maker machine.  To clarify the paper debate, we have organized a table below to help you in selecting the best paper to work with your Tecre button making equipment.

If you have any questions regarding Tecre’s paper vs. photo button making machines or if you need help determining which style button maker you already have, please don’t hesitate to call us at (920)922-9168.

 

 

 

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  3. Buttons Galore by Dave says:

    I use Epson Presentation Paper Matte (27 lbs.) (4.9ML) it works great in all size buttons, from 1 inch to 3 inch round buttons

  4. Barbara Ileiwat says:

    I use HP matte premium presentation paper 32 Lb. Really beautiful pins.

  5. Bill Cummings says:

    I use Kodak regular gloss photo paper, 48 lb, 6.5 mil. Gives a color depth and vibrancy to my designs that can’t be duplicated by any other paper I’ve tried, including Epson Presentation Matte and HP Bright White Inkjet.

  6. Bill Cummings says:

    This paper works well with my standard paper machines, cut to standard paper size. I notice it takes a slightly greater amount of pressure to push down onto the pickup die, but otherwise it works well. I’ve also tried a paper from Red River Paper Company, a 32 lb 5.5 mil photo paper, available in glossy or matte. It works well through standard paper machines also. Prints with the gloss version come out slightly darker than those using the Kodak gloss.

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