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Premium Paper

musical note "Anyway you want it, that's the way you need it, anyway you want it...."! Classic song, powerful message. PFL is all about giving you what you want (premium papers) the way you want it (fast & budget-friendly).
Premium paper is sometimes referred to as designer paper, fancy paper, or specialty paper. Regardless of what you call these quality papers, PFL is ready to help you decide which paper best suits your personal printing project. Call 800-930-6040 now and talk to one of our friendly print experts for a personalized quote or samples!
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Premium Paper Benefits

  • Provides luxurious textures
  • Compliments design, lending personality to a printed piece
  • Allows for double sided printing that does not show through
  • Facilitates outstanding print performance
  • Enhances tactile interest
  • Expands options, choose from crisp and conservative, to rugged and edgy

Paper 101:

Ask almost anyone where paper comes from and they will tell you, trees. And they would be correct, in most instances. However, many premium papers are manufactured from linen, cotton and other raw plant fibers. Some paper is even made of synthetic materials like polyolefin, often used when waterproofing is needed, like divers maps. Designer paper can meet an array of needs that standard paper cannot. Paper comes from three primary resources:
  1. Sawmill chips and scraps that are the by-product in the lumber production process.
  2. Small trees that are harvested from tree farms for the sole purpose of making paper.
  3. Recycled paper. Many papers are able to be recycled up to seven times before the fibers become too small to re-purpose.
The fibers of diverse tree species vary in strength and length. For example, pine and spruce trees are perfect for manufacturing strong papers, like shipping containers. The drawback is they are not smooth, making them a poor choice for printing.
Oak and maple trees have shorter, weaker fibers, yet produce a much smoother surface more conducive to printing and writing. Most papers today are a carefully selected combination of wood fibers to achieve the desired brightness, strength, and tactile experience. Many papers are coated with fine clay that improves the surface with a slight gloss.
Paper is a sustainable resource. Currently, over 50% of paper manufactured in the U.S. each year is recovered from the wood waste of lumber production. Still more is recovered from properly recycled consumer paper waste. Many papers are made from 100% Post-Consumer Waste, meaning fully recycled. At PFL, we firmly believe in taking responsibility for good environmental stewardship. We offer many premium papers that are made from 100% PCW.

Fun Fact: Did you know wasps make paper? They chew wood to make a fiber paste that they spread thin, creating their nest.

PFL Premium Printing Papers: Your BEST Value

PFL understands that you need the very best options available at fair prices. While designer paper stocks add sophistication and tactile interest to professional print pieces, they can also add to the cost of the printing project. PFL keeps a line of premium papers in-house to lower turnaround times and cost, while maintaining the highest quality standards in the industry.
Our premium papers are comparable to branded designer paper stocks you may be familiar with. We are happy to mail you a sample of our in-house premium paper stocks so you can feel the texture and structure of the papers for yourself. The on-line samples and paper descriptions below will help you determine the best fit for your project.

Solutions Watermarked White

60# Text
30% PCW*

Not too thick, this paper is a classically smooth stock that feels light and clean to the touch. It is often used as personal or professional stationery base. It is bright white.
Comparable to: Classic Crest Writing Recycled 100, 24# Bond Writing, Royal Sundance Smooth, Gilcrest, Strathmore Premium Smooth, Via Smooth

Solutions Linen Natural Light Cream

70# Text
30% PCW*

With a subtle linen weave pattern, this creamy natural paper has a very slight raised texture on the front and a smooth feel on the back. Ideal for professional stationery and correspondence.
Comparable to: Via Linen, Royal Sundance, Strathmore Classic Linen

Solutions Recycled White

70# Text
30% PCW*

This 30% recycled premium paper has an ultra-smooth finish. It is a slight off-white and has extremely tiny fibers indicative of its environmentally friendly status.
Comparable to: Speckletone Text 30% PCW, Royal Sundance Text 30% PCW, and Earthchoice 30% PCW, Strathmore Super Smooth Bright White 30% PCW, Strathmore Writing-Recycled White

Solutions Linen White

70# Text
30% PCW*

With a subtle linen weave pattern, this dull-white paper has a very slight raised texture on the front and a smooth feel on the back. Ideal for professional stationery and correspondence.
Comparable to: Classic Linen Recycled 100, Via Linen, Royal Sundance, Strathmore Premium Cambric

Cougar White

80# Text
10% PCW*

Silky smooth, this opaque paper provides a nice, dense, tactile sensation. The bright white coupled with the silkiness, gives a sharp, smart impression.
Comparable to: Finch Premium Blend, Mohawk Opaque Smooth, Roland Opaque 50

Cougar Natural

80# Text
10% PCW*

Just like the Cougar White, this silky smooth paper provides a nice, dense, tactile sensation. The rich, natural beige color adds sophistication. If this was a bed sheet, it would be the 1700 thread count!
Comparable to: Mohawk Opaque Smooth, Royal Sundance Smooth, Environment PC100, Finch Premium Blend Soft, Via Smooth

Solutions Recycled White

80# Cover
30% PCW*

Think minimal card-stock. Smooth to the touch, this sturdy paper is ideal for certificates, awards, and booklet covers. The color is muted white, indicative of its environmentally friendly status.
Comparable to: Speckletone Text 30% PCW, Royal Sundance Text 30% PCW, and Earthchoice 30% PCW, Strathmore Super Smooth Bright White 30% PCW, Strathmore Writing-Recycled White

Solutions Linen White

100# Cover
30% PCW*

Durable, with a mild linen texture, this paper communicates strength and boldness. The soft-white hue combined with the thickness and texture gives substance.
Comparable to: Classic Linen Recycled 100, Classic Linen Cover, Via Linen, Royal Sundance, Strathmore Premium Cambric

Solutions Linen Natural

100# Cover
30% PCW*

Durable, with a mild linen texture, this paper communicates strength and boldness. The creamy natural coloring adds depth, giving the paper a rich appearance.
Comparable to: Via Linen, Royal Sundance, Classic Linen Cover

Cougar White

100# Cover
10% PCW*

This vibrant white, sturdy stock is moderately smooth and feels weighty in the hand. This paper is often used for booklet covers, rewards cards, or bookmarks.
Comparable to: Finch Premium Blend, Mohawk Opaque Smooth, Roland Opaque 50

Cougar Natural

100# Cover
10% PCW*

Substantial to the touch, this sturdy paper creates a presence. The creamy color adds depth, lending a classical look and feel.
Comparable to: Mohawk Opaque Smooth, Royal Sundance Smooth, Environment PC100, Finch Premium Blend Soft, Via Smooth

Porcelain ECO 30

120# Cover
30% PCW

This high gloss cover stock has a smooth double coated surface for superior print performance.
Comparable to: New Page Sterling Premium and New Leaf Reincarnation.

*PCW=Post-Consumer Waste
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