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Zine Paper Options

Even the best designed zine can be ruined in an instant with a ludicrous paper selection.


Fortunately we offer plenty of choice from high gloss stocks for colourful photography to grainy uncoated boards that feel great.

• Extensive selection of papers available

Cost effective range of 'house' papers

• Premium off white, coloured & textured stocks

• Most of our papers are now FSC approved

• Helpful, friendly advice on papers

What are my paper choices?

There are three main possibilities for your zine's paper: Gloss, Silk or Uncoated.
(As a point of reference, the sheet of paper behind is an uncoated bright white)


Exactly as the name suggests - it's a glossy one! Not everyone's cup of tea because of the shiny surface but gloss has a sleek, smooth finish. This sheet reproduces your images in bright, vivid colour. However, the shine does reflect the light and make text hard to read in certain conditions.

Great for colourful photos that need real impact, childrens books and graphic novels.

Silk (or Matt Coated)

Silk is the middle ground between uncoated and gloss. It has a very slight sheen and smooth surface but has generally a dull finish that lends itself well to both photography and text.

A very versatile stock and equally popular for classic ZInes aswell as high end photographic journals. If you're unsure if gloss is too shiny and uncoated might not feel high quality enough then play safe and go for silk.


A grainy sheet with no coating gives it a rougher feel. This is a very popular stock because it looks and feel cool.

Don't be suprised if your images aren't as colourful as they look on screen - the lack of a coating means the ink soaks in which can dull down any colourful artwork.

In demand equally for classic 'recycled / newspaper' style Zines aswell as photography journals and portfolios.

Ok, so what's next?

Well, within those three choices there are literally hundreds of papers you can pick from!
We'll assume the budget is tight for your project so choose from one of these papers - they are premium sheets and will make your artwork look great but are also kindest on your wallet.

'House' Gloss

If you want your images to shine and bounce off the page then this is the stock for you! A premium bright white, smooth finish guarantees your glossy zine looks and feels great. Best to avoid going for gloss if you have a load of text only pages like poems or CVs.

Available in: 115, 130, 150, 170, 200, 250, 300 and 350gsm weights

'House' Silk

Our house silk is a very versatile sheet bringing out the best in images whilst making text crisp and readable. If you're not sure about paper then Silk is the safe all rounder selection. We recommend 130gsm for text pages and 300gsm is perfect for thicker covers.

Available in: 115, 130, 150, 170, 200, 250, 300 and 350gsm weights

'House' Uncoated

If you would like a white, uncoated stock then this is your best and cheapest option. Chosen for it's bright white appearance and very fine texture to give it subtle rough feel.

For newspaper / newsprint style Zines go for the thin 80gsm weight.

Available in: 90, 100, 120, 170, 200, 250, 300 and 350gsm.

Evolution Uncoated

For an off white Zine then choose Evolution Uncoated. It has a rougher feel than our house uncoated and a very slight grain embedded within the colour to give it an off white colour.

We recommend the 120gsm for text pages and 300gsm for bulkier covers.

Available in: 100, 120, 160, 250,
300 and 350gsm.


I would like an off white, textured stock

You're in luck, we have those too!
The three papers below have varying degrees of off white appearance and texture.

Evolution Uncoated

When people ask us for "an off white stock" then we point them towards Evolution Uncoated. It has a rougher feel than our house uncoated and a very slight grain embedded within the colour to give it a warmer colour.

120gsm is perfect for text pages and 300gsm for card covers.

Available in: 100,120,160, 250,
300 and 350gsm.

Mohawk Via Felt

A very textured, uncoated stock with an ivory colour. Best to stick to black print on Mohawk Via Felt - colour images will be washed out because of the paper's colour and can appear speckled because of the uneven surface but if you want a definite texture then here it is! (In all honesty this is more suited to wedding stationery but you can decide)

Available in: 118 and 300gsm only.

Sirio Perla

A light grey uncoated stock with a fine texture and smooth finish. Great for adding definition on black only pages, however, the strong grey colour will change the appearance of any colour images. Pick from two weights - one suitable for text pages and one ideal for the cover.

Available in: 115 and 290gsm only.

Can I print onto a coloured stock?

Yes! GFSmith and Fedrigoni both offer an extensive range of coloured papers.
These add a big chunk to the total cost so are best kept to zine runs of 100 copies or more, unless money is no issue. We advise only printing black or white ink onto these sheets.

GFSmith Colorplan

The cream of the paper crop! A premium sheet that will really make your Zine stand out on the shelf. Choose from 50 colours over a huge spectrum and from weights suitable for text pages and covers. Best to stick to black printing over the richer colours to avoid the paper clashing with your artwork.

Available in 135, 175, 270 and 350gsm

Antalis Creative Papers

Premium sheets offering a smooth, uncoated finish and available in a range of vibrant colours. They come in 300gsm so are ideal for covers. We don't recommend printing colour onto the darker shades but black or white ink looks great on these!

Available in 300gsm only

Are there any other choices?

If there is a particular stock you like then ask us. The papers shown on this page are the most cost effective options because from experience we know that people will always pick the lowest price.