Best Printer for Smooth Matte Paper & Card Stock

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In this video we compare the results of inkjet printing and laser printing on our smooth matte papers to see which provided the sharpest best results. For accuracy, we test printed three different weights on two printers:


Test Papers

Test Printers

  • Canon Pixma ix7000 large format inkjet
  • High end color laser

Inkjet or Laser?

In general, all three weights are laser and ink jet friendly, though laser printing produces sharper, crisper results.

When comparing the results, you can see that both the laser and ink jet sheets have consistent, solid text. However, the text printed with the laser was sharper than that of the inkjet. As you can see, it is not quite as sharp, and the ink appears to have spread out and bled just a bit – a characteristic of wet ink jet printing on any smooth sheet.


inkjet and laser printed sheets

The Results – Both are Suitable, Laser is Preferable

In conclusion, our print test reveals that both inkjet & laser technology will produce acceptable results on our smooth matte papers. However, for the sharpest print results we recommend you use a laser printer on these papers.

popset orange fizz poptone lime tonic and gmund colors crocum smooth









Can my home printer handle any weight?

Before placing your order we recommend making sure that your printer can handle the weight of the paper you are interested in. Most home printers will be able to handle a 100lb card stock and under, therefore a 111lb card stock is too thick for many home printers. Printer models & inks are not all manufactured the same, therefore we recommend ordering samples first to test print on your particular printer model.

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