What Is PT?
One of the most common questions we receive as a printing company is “how thick is paper?” With one of the largest printing selections available online, the answer to this question isn’t as simple as it may seem. Whether you are looking for the perfect paper thickness for your invitations or are unsure of the difference between 12pt paper thickness and 18pt paper thickness, we are here to help you in choosing the right paper stock for your next print project.
In this article, we explain how paper thickness is measured and how to decide which thickness of paper is best for your folded flyers, business cards or hang tags. Our handy paper thickness guide below shows where you may find different thickness of paper within the world of print, to grow your understanding of each of our paper types.
What Is PT Thickness?
PT is the abbreviation of points and is the unit of measurement used to represent the paper thickness of each of our paper types. Each of our lovely paper stocks is measured in points and has its’ own unique PT number, with some paper stocks having up to five different PT numbers.
The PT or points number is calculated by measuring the paper thickness using calipers. The paper is clamped within the caliper, which reads the depth of the paper in inches. This measurement is then converted into points (PT), with each point representing 1/1000th of an inch. For example, 7pt paper thickness represents papers that are 0.0007 inches thick.
Therefore, the higher the PT number the thicker the paper.
Paper Thickness Chart
Wanting to know which PT thickness should I choose? We’ve created an easy-to-follow paper thickness guide to help you to choose the right paper for your next printing project. From 7pt paper thickness to 32pt paper thickness, let’s have a look at our paper thickness chart to decide which thickness of paper is best for your flyers and business cards.
7pt Paper Thickness And Below
This group of paper thicknesses are the thinnest that we offer here at Aura Print. Our thinner papers are commonly used for letterheads and disposable flyers.
12pt Paper Thickness
14pt And 16pt Paper Thickness
Our most popular card stocks, 14pt and 16pt can be utilized across a variety of different print products. Anything from greetings cards to clothing tags, this paper stock is seen practically everywhere.
18pt Paper Thickness
32pt Paper Thickness
Our double thick paper stock is typically found on sturdy business cards and flyers. As this paper is double the thickness of the above, it visibly stands out from standard business cards.
Requesting a paper sample is the best way to compare our paper types if you are wanting to know how thick is a piece of paper. Our sample pack contains our most popular paper types and can be easily purchased through our website. Otherwise, why not send us in an email with the papers you would be liking to see, and we can arrange for a sample to be sent to you.
How Thick Is A Piece Of Paper?
Hopefully after reading this article, you will have a better understanding of our different paper stocks and how they are measured. We know that paper thickness is important within print and that choosing the right stock is crucial to getting the best results from your prints. Our in-house team are available to contact you with any questions that you may have about our different papers. Have a chat with us via email or phone for friendly and specific advice to help you on your printing journey.