Choosing Adhesive Vinyl Rolls to Print Signs on Your Office Wide Format Printer

With adhesive vinyl rolls from Freedom Paper, you can use the wide-format inkjet printer in your office to make simple signs for short-term use at special events and trade-shows or for sales promotions.

After the vinyl is printed and cut, peel the release liner from the back of the printed vinyl to expose the adhesive. Then mount it on a sheet of foam board, coroplast, styrene, aluminum, or acrylic. The vinyl can also be applied to windows, glass display cases, or other smooth, hard, non-porous surface.


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Answers to the following questions will help you select the adhesive product that is right for your office.

Does your wide-format inkjet printer use aqueous dye or pigment inks?

Most older model printers used to print technical drawings and office documents use aqueous dye inks. Newer model photo and graphic printers from HP, Canon, and Epson use aqueous pigment inks.

Dye inks are far less resistant to water and light-induced fading than pigment inks. So, it’s best to use dye inks primarily for indoor signs. With aqueous pigment inks and water-resistant materials with permanent adhesives, you can print longer-lasting indoor signs, decals, labels, and outdoor signs that will last for months.

What is thickest material your wide-format printer can handle?

Some older model wide format printers can’t handle materials thicker than 9 mil. While the vinyl itself may be thin enough to feed through the printer, you have consider the thickness of the release liner as well. Some adhesive vinyls are 12 mil thick with the release liner. (The release liner protects the adhesive protected until you are ready to mount the graphic.)

Do you need a removable or permanent adhesive?

Permanent adhesives form a long-lasting bond within hours or days. They are designed to stick to a substrate without edge lifting. These adhesives can’t be removed without damaging either the label or the substrate. Permanent adhesives are used to produce outdoor signs, yard signs, labels, and safety, directional, and exit signs.

Removable adhesives form a lower-tack, temporary bond with the mounting surface. For a certain period of time, they can be removed without damaging either the printed graphic or the substrate.

In some cases, you can re-use the mounting substrate after the graphic has been removed. Removable adhesives are used for window graphics, temporary signs, event graphics, fabric graphics, and promotional displays.

Do you want a more environmentally friendly option?

The adhesive vinyl originally developed for outdoor signage is PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a thin, flexible, white film made with chlorine and chemical stabilizers and plasticizers. PVC isn’t biodegradable in landfills.

While vehicle wraps and some types of outdoor signs require the durability and pliability of vinyl, you can also make short-term signs with more environmentally friendly options, such as adhesive photo papers, inkjet fabrics, or polypropylene poster papers.

Self-Adhesive Photo Papers: Some inkjet photo papers come with adhesive backings. These papers are ideal for printing short-term promotional signs that feature photographs.

Self-Adhesive Inkjet Fabrics:The low-tack adhesives used with inkjet fabrics are super-easy to install and remove. You can easily reposition the fabric print while you’re installing it, and the adhesive doesn’t leave a messy residue when the graphics are taken down. Inkjet fabrics are popular for wall decals, posters, and trade-show signs because the wrinkle-resistant, polyester graphics can usually be removed, then re-hung at another location. (You can even fold up a fabric poster and pack it in your suitcase when traveling to an out-of-town event.)

Self-Adhesive Polypropylene: This material is like a smooth, flexible sheet of tear-resistant, scratch-resistant paper. It is often used to print durable graphics that must stay flat in banner stands, poster frames, or lightboxes. Unlike poster papers, polypropylene banner materials don’t get creased, and don’t have to be laminated for outdoor weather resistance. Polypropylene is one of the most environmentally neutral plastics. It contains only two elements (carbon and hydrogen) and generates only carbon dioxide and water when it burns.

Where will the sign be displayed?

If the sign will be displayed under bright lights, choose an adhesive vinyl that has a non-glare matte surface. If the sign will be displayed on a location where there might be light shining from behind (e.g. such as a window or display case), choose an adhesive vinyl with a high level of opacity. An opaque vinyl is also a good choice if you plan to mount a white sign on glass, Plexiglas, or a black or colored sign board.

If the sign will be displayed outdoors or in a high-traffic location, consider laminating the printed graphic to protect it from water, humidity, and abrasion.

When to Call Outside Experts

If your require long-term durability or the ability to adhere to wood, sidewalks, brick walls, concrete, vehicles, it’s best to have the graphics produced by an organization that specializes in printing large-format graphics. Most commercial printing companies (or campus printing departments) are equipped with printers that use more outdoor-durable latex, eco-solvent, or UV-cure inks.

Graphic specialists and sign firms are also more familiar with the specialized vinyls and adhesives needed for uneven, intricately curved, or porous surfaces.

Choose from more than 30 options!

Freedom Paper more than 30 types of adhesive vinyl rolls and large format adhesive papers and fabrics that are suitable for use with the aqueous inkjet printers used by many architecture and engineering firms, schools, religious organizations, design and photo studios, and all types of business and corporate offices.

If you need help choosing the self-adhesive paper, polypropylene, fabric, or vinyl that would be best for a specific project, give us a call at 866-310-3555.


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Good Things to Know Before Ordering Plotter Paper Rolls

Before buying plotter paper rolls for use on your wide-format inkjet printer, it’s a good idea to understand some of the terms you will see in the product description. While most inkjet media brands can be used on multiple brands of printers, some older models of inkjet printers for CAD plotting weren’t designed to handle the full range of inkjet print media that has since been developed for newer models of printers.

If you have the user manual or spec sheet for the printer model used in your office, it’s good to know three things:

  • the maximum roll width your printer can handle
  • the maximum thickness or material your inkjet printer can handle
  • the type of ink your printer uses.

Most older HP Designjets and other wide-format inkjet printers for CAD printing and technical drawings use aqueous (water-based) dye inks. Some older wide-format inkjets for technical printing use a combination of dye inks (for colors) and black pigment inks (for sharp text and lines). Newer models of technical printers from Epson use aqueous pigment inks.

Roll Width: The width of the plotter paper roll is the first number in the specification. In the U.S. ,roll widths are expressed in inches. Popular roll widths for wide-format plotters include 11, 17, 18, 22, 24 30, 34, 36, and 42 inches.

These roll widths make it cost-effective and efficient to continuously print multiple copies of standard-size engineering and architectural drawings on wide-format inkjet printers with built-in cutters.

For example: The standard size of an Arch C drawing is 18 x 24 inches; an Arch D drawing is 24 x 36 inches; and Arch E drawing is 36 x 48 inches. Standard sizes for engineering drawings in the U.S. include ANSI C, 17 x 22 inches; ANSI D, 22 x 34 inches, and ANSI E, 34 x 44 inches.

Roll Length: The length of the plotter paper roll is expressed in feet. Plotter paper is offered in 150, 300, and 500-ft rolls. These longer rolls are available so you don’t have to stop printing to reload the paper in the middle of a big job. Engineering copiers can handle 500 ft. rolls, but most inkjet printers max out at 300 ft. rolls. Most inkjet materials are sold in 150-foot rolls, including bond papers as well as thicker papers or clear films for special applications.

Core Diameter: The core size refers to the diameter of the cardboard tube on which the plotter paper is rolled. Rolls of uncoated bond paper for inkjet printers are sold on 2-inch cores. Uncoated bond paper for for xerographic copiers are typically sold on 3-inch cores. Some Xerox engineering copiers require that the inside edge of the paper be taped to the cardboard core. (Freedom Paper sells some engineering copier paper rolls on taped rolls.)

Caliper: The thickness of many types of papers is expressed in “mils.” (which is one-thousandth of an inch). Older-model HP Designjets and other wide format inkjet printers that were originally designed to print on bond papers and clear films can only feed materials with calipers of 9 mil or less.

The caliper of bond papers doesn’t vary as much as inkjet photo papers, art papers, and canvas. A 20 lb. bond paper is slightly less than 4 mils; a 24 lb. bond paper is slightly less than 5 mils; and a 28 lb. bond is slightly less than 6 mils. A 54 lb. bond is 9 mils.

Newer models of wide-format inkjet printers were designed to handle a much wider range of paper thicknesses. They can feed bond papers, photo papers, art papers, canvas and sign materials thicker than 9 mil. Some models can handle materials up to 12 mil thick; other models can print on substrates up to 31 mil thick.

Other Specs: If you are buying an optically clear inkjet film for an HP Designjet printer or aqueous-ink inkjet printers that use optical sensors, order a clear film that has visible stripes on the edges of the rolls. The stripes enable the onboard sensor to “see” the film.

Please call the customer-service experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335 if you have any questions about plotter paper roll sizes. If the spec sheet or user manual for your printer isn’t readily available, we can tell you if the paper you plan to order isn’t compatible with your specific printer model and suggest compatible alternatives.

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Why Choose Eco-Friendly Bond Plotter Paper?

If you have avoided using eco-friendly bond plotter paper because you think it will be too rough or flimsy for detailed technical drawings, it’s time to give eco-friendly bond paper another look. While no standard definition eco-friendly paper exists, Freedom Paper’s eco-friendly bond papers are smooth, uniform, and capable of holding the ink density that maps, engineering drawings, and architectural renderings require. Some users who have switched to eco-friendly bond plotter paper have told us that it’s difficult to tell the difference.

Here are five reasons our papers deserve to be called eco-friendly.

Our eco-friendly paper is FSC-Certified. When you buy paper products that certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), you can be assured that the wood pulp used to make the paper came from a well-managed forest. The FSC encourages paper manufacturers to protect forest habitats, prevent pollution, avoid displacing native peoples and harming wildlife, and to plant more trees than they harvest.

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To qualify for the FSC-certified label, the FSC requires the products to undergo a “chain of custody” assessment that traces the path of the product from the forest to the manufacturer to the merchant. FSC chain-of-custody certification verifies that FSC-certified material is identified or kept separated from non-certified material throughout the supply chain. The FSC also asks paper manufacturers to submit management plans that describe the scale and intensity of logging operations and plans for preserving the long-term health of the forest.

The paper is also certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The SFI is an independent, non-profit organization that develops standards that promote responsible forestry practices. The SFI Forest Management Standard promotes measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and forests with exceptional conservation value.

The SFI also has chain of custody requirements. This assessment tracks wood fiber through the different stages of production, noting how much of the manufactured paper comes from certified lands, how much post-consumer recycled content is used, and how much responsibly sourced fiber is used.

The papers are manufactured in an environmentally conscious way. Our manufacturing partner uses a process that consumes fewer trees, less water, and less fuel and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In general, about 60% fewer raw materials are consumed in making our eco-friendly bond plotter paper.

Our eco-friendly papers contain about 30% post-consumer waste. Our eco-friendly bond plotter paper includes pulp from paper that has previously been printed, recovered from the waste stream, de-inked, and re-used to make all new rolls of paper. Including some pulp from recycled paper minimizes the number of trees that must be harvested to make the paper.

The papers are shipped in boxes made from recycled fibers and sourced from responsible forests. If your company is striving to reduce its environmental footprint, it’s important to use eco-friendly packaging, too.

If you have any questions about buying eco-friendly plotter paper, please call us at 866-310-3335.


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Choosing Inkjet Canvas: Four Things to Consider

Inkjet canvas is a popular way to add aesthetic appeal to photographs, illustrations, and artwork output on wide-format inkjet printers. Originally designed to print reproductions of paintings (giclées), inkjet canvas is now widely used to print portraits and landscape photographs for home or office décor, retail displays, and signs for museum or gallery exhibitions. Inkjet canvas not only imparts a sense of artistry, but can also be easier to hang and display,

Inkjet Canvas Prints

A “gallery-wrap” canvas print doesn’t require the extra expense of added weight of a wooden frame with glass or acrylic. It’s called a “wrap” because the canvas is stretched and fastened around the edges of four wooden “stretcher” bars are joined to form different sizes of squares and rectangles.

Wraps can be made manually, or with automatic stretching equipment designed for studios that produce a lot of wraps every day. Inkjet canvas vendors such as Innova have developed systems to make it easy and economical for individuals and small businesses to convert inkjet canvas prints into wraps for shorter term displays.

Freedom Paper offers a vast selection of inkjet canvas rolls from brands such as Hahnemuhle, Innova, Moab, Sihl, Kodak, Magic, HP, and Canon. These products vary in terms of whiteness level, amount of polyester content, thickness, weave, and surface finish.

Here are a few questions that can help you narrow down your choices:

1. What type of printer and ink do you use?

Some inkjet canvases are designed for use with the aqueous pigment inks used on Canon imagePROGRAFs, HP Designjets, and Epson Stylus Pro wide-format inkjet photo and graphic printers. Some inkjet canvas can be printed with aqueous dye inks, but the prints may not last very long.

Some older models of technical, CAD, and office printers weren’t designed to handle photo and art canvases that are more than 11 to 15 mils thick and weight 400gsm (grams per square meter). Before ordering, check your printer’s manual to see the maximum thickness of print media your printer can handle.

A growing number of inkjet canvases are designed for use on printers that use latex inks, solvent, or UV-curable inks for higher volume jobs. The Freedom Paper website clearly indicates which inkjet canvas products are compatible with which types of printer ink.

2. What is your application?

The canvas you choose for short-term event, retail, or exhibition graphics will be different than the canvas you would choose for heirloom portraits, wedding photographs, fine art reproductions, or décor prints. Budget-friendly inkjet canvas is available for prints that will be displayed for less than a year or so.

Expect to pay a bit more for a premium, water-resistant, acid-free canvas that offers exceptional longevity or durability. In addition to dye inks, factors that limit print life on inkjet canvas include optical brightening additives (OBAs), acidity, and exposure to humidity, abrasion, and airborne pollutants. With a water-resistant inkjet canvas, you can add a water-based clearcoat that has been specifically made to protect inkjet canvas prints..

If your print must last a long time or will be displayed in a brightly lit, high-traffic area, you will need to apply a protective clearcoat. The clearcoat can be rolled or sprayed on to seal the print surface and extend its resistance to UV light.

3. What type of print surface will best enhance your images?

A visible canvas texture can affect the look of the image. If you are reproducing softly colored impressionistic paintings that were originally created on a textured art canvas, then you may want the print to replicate that textured surface. But if you are printing portraits or landscape photographs on canvas, you might prefer a smooth canvas so facial skin tones look even and straight lines and fine details aren’t visually disrupted by a roughly textured surface.

The canvas texture (or “tooth”) comes from how the canvas was woven. The ratio of the weave (1:1 or 2:1) refers to the number of threads running vertically and horizontally. In general, a 2:1 weave provides more texture, but texture also depends on the diameter of the threads, how tightly the threads are woven, and the thickness of the coating used to protect the printed image.

If most of the images you reproduce have deep blacks and shadow details, choose a canvas with a high Dmax. Images with bright, vivid colors reproduce better on a bright-white canvas with a semi-gloss or gloss surface.

Matte canvas surfaces are popular for photographs and displays because they don’t reflect glare from overhead lights. Matte canvases are also more versatile, because if you want your print to have a semi-gloss or glossy look, you can apply a semi-gloss or gloss clearcoat.

4. How will the prints be finished?

Most inkjet canvas today is made from a blend of polyester and cotton. While inkjet canvas with a higher percentage of polyester might not feel as “natural” as a cotton canvas, the high-polyester canvas will be easier to stretch, will print more consistently, and will be more resistant to humid conditions. An all-cotton art canvas may expand or shrink depending on the environmental conditions.

“Production” canvases for higher volume reproduction of photographs are designed to dry quickly and stretch easily so they can be finished and delivered more quickly.

On the Freedom Paper website we have made it easy for you to find inkjet canvas products for many different printer types and print requirements. Our expert customer service representatives are happy to provide personalized advice by phone (866-310-3335) if you need help choosing the right inkjet canvas for your specific project.

Choosing Inkjet Photo Paper Is Part of the Creative Process

Selecting the right inkjet photo paper for your images is very subjective. A lot depends on how you envision the look and feel of your finished print. Do you want your photos to look sharp, bright, and glossy like prints from professional color labs? Or would you like your prints to feel more substantial, less like film and more like a fine-art print?

Because choosing the right inkjet photo paper is an integral part of the creative process, inkjet media manufacturers have developed an enormous range of choices. It’s up to you to choose a paper that delivers the functionality you need and the visual impact you want.

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Understanding your inkjet photo paper options is important because each major category of inkjet photo paper offers different ink absorption properties, base colors and textures, and surface finishes.

The properties of an inkjet photo paper are determined by several factors: (1) the type of inkjet-receptive coating that controls the spread of the ink droplets: (2) the brightness, smoothness, and thickness of the paper itself, and (3) the use of barrier layers that keep ink from penetrating thinner base papers and causing it to swell and ripple.

Glossy Papers

On glossy papers, the inks are designed to stay on the surface of a paper with a neutral to cool tone. This results in more vibrant colors, higher contrast, and more details. If the visual power of your imagery comes from brilliant, realistic colors and extra-sharp detail, choose a glossy paper.

Matte Papers

These papers tend to absorb more ink. The ink droplets spread more as they come into contact with the paper. Thus, these papers produce more muted colors, less contrast, and softer details. If you want your photos to have a more ethereal, painterly effect, a matte paper can be a good choice.

Matte papers are slightly rough and can lead to feeding problems in some types of printers. Sometimes, small fibers can appear on the print surface and should be shaken off before printing.

Semi-Gloss Papers

This broad category (which includes satin, semi-gloss, luster, and pearl papers) offers a compromise between high-gloss and matte papers. Semi-gloss papers have a softer sheen and a slightly irregular surface structure in which tiny bumps diffuse light rays instead of reflecting them.

If your images will be viewed under bright lights, these papers can produce good color, contrast, and detail without the distracting glare and reflection that tend to occur with glossy papers. These papers are also less likely to show fingerprints if the photos are handled (such as in an album or portfolio).

Baryta Papers

This category of papers was formulated to replicate the fine-art photography papers used in classic black-and-white darkroom processes. An inkjet-receptive coating is applied to an archival matte art paper that was been treated with a smooth white layer of barium sulfate (“baryta”). The baryta layer keeps the ink from soaking into the art paper and provides the smoothness and whiteness needed to reproduce photographic details. Many baryta papers have a subtle warm tone because they are made without optical brighteners that can chemically degrade over time.

Metallic Inkjet Papers

The pigments in the coatings of metallic inkjet papers produce prints with a pearlescent shimmer. The prints can look different when viewed from different angles. This shimmery look flatters skin tones, and adds radiance to wedding, boudoir, or nude photography. These papers are also popular for high-key images of jewelry, water, metals, or satiny textiles.


The best way to determine which paper is right for your photographs is to experiment. Vendors such as Museo, Innova, and Hahnemuhle offer sample packs that let you see for yourself how the same image looks when printed on papers with different surface textures and finishes.

The newest inkjet photo papers have been developed to consistently reproduce wide color gamuts on 6-, 8-, or 12-color inkjet printers. Look for papers that produce deep, rich blacks, high-contrast colors, and wide tonal ranges with smooth gradations between tones.

Freedom Paper offers an outstanding selection of inkjet photo papers from top brands such as Kodak, HP, Canon, Innova, Moab, Hahnemuhle, Magic, and Sihl. Premium-grade, archival photo papers can be used for gallery exhibitions, photo restorations, and photo gifts. Budget-friendly options deliver excellent photo quality in presentations and short-term displays.

Inkjet photo papers that are coated on both sides can be printed on both sides and are ideal for photo albums, scrapbooks, and greeting cards.

If you need help choosing the right inkjet photo paper for a specific project, please call us at 866-310-3335. The friendly inkjet media experts at Freedom Paper will be happy to suggest some options.

5 Reasons to Use Inkjet Fabric Banner Material for Displays

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The term “soft signage” describes inkjet graphics printed on fabric banner material. The graphics can be stretched onto display frames or hemmed for use as pole banners, flags, or backdrops. Fabric banner material that has a repositionable adhesive on the back can be mounted directly on clean, dry walls, windows, countertops, or other flat or gently curved surfaces.

Soft signage offers several practical, aesthetic, and environmental advantages compared to vinyl banners or graphics printed or mounted on rigid boards.

Here are just five reasons to use inkjet banner fabric material:

Fabric banners are lightweight, making them less costly to ship from site to site. According to a graphics firm that makes supersized textile banners, fabric banners weigh about 75% less than vinyl banners.

Fabric banners are biodegradable and easier to reuse or recycle. Inkjet fabric banner material was initially developed as an environmentally friendly alternative to using PVC (vinyl) banner materials.

Fabric banners are easy to roll up, ship, or store. Inkjet fabric banner materials are typically made from wrinkle-free fabrics, so they look great when you unpack and hang them.

Fabric banners look and feel softer than plastic banners. Some fabric banner materials have an elegant satiny sheen. Other fabric banner materials are perfect for backdrops for photo and video shoots and trade show booths because they don’t reflect glare from bright lights.

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Fabric banner material is versatile. Some people use fabric banner material as an easy-to-print alternative to backlit film. Or, you can use it to make pole banners, table drapes, banner stand graphics, gallery wraps, promotional tote bags, decorative wall decals, or flags. Many manufacturers of trade-show and advertising displays offer display stands specifically designed for fabric banners.

Freedom Paper offers a terrific selection of fabric banner materials for use on all types of wide format inkjet printers. If you have questions about which fabric would work best for your printer model and display requirements, please call our customer-service team at 866-310-3335.


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Ordering HP Designjet Plotter Paper and Inks for Legacy Models

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If you need HP Designjet plotter paper for an older model HP Designjet, you aren’t alone. Because HP was a leader in developing pen plotters and the wide-format color inkjet printers that replaced them, HP did a fantastic job building and selling them.

Even though HP no longer sells some legacy models such as the HP Designjet 500 series, HP Designjet 800 series, HP Designjet 1055, or HP Designjet 5000, we know that plenty of companies still use them. Many machines are still being used for everyday printing of monochrome drawings, maps, or presentations on bond paper, mylar, and vellum.

Freedom Paper has sold HP Designjet supplies since 2002. While the newest Designjets models are built to handle a wider range of materials (so you can print full-color, image-rich documents), we know how important it is to keep your reliable old HP Designjets up and running. Our huge selection of HP Designjet supplies includes HP Designjet ink cartridges, HP Designjet plotter paper, and accessories for legacy and current HP Designjet inkjet printers.

Does Your HP Designjet Use Dye or Pigment Inks?

Before ordering HP Designjet supplies online, it’s important to know if your printer uses dye or pigment inks. Dye inks produce bright, vibrant colors but can fade or run if displayed outdoors. Pigment inks were developed for projects that require more durability, such as outdoor signs and archival photo and art prints.

Most older HP Designjets use dye inks. Some use dye color inks with pigment black ink for sharp lines and fine text. Right now, the only legacy Designjet printers that use pigment inks are the HP Designjet 5000 UV, the HP Designjet 5500 UV, the HP Designjet Z3100 and the HP Designjet Z6100.

So if you use popular legacy printers such as the HP Designjet 500, Designjet 800, Designjet 1055, Designjet 2000, Designjet 2500, Designjet 3000, Designjet 3500, Designjet 4000, Designjet 4500, Designjet 5000, or Designjet 5500, order material that is compatible with dye inks.

On the Freedom Paper website, each product description clearly illustrates the types of inks the material can be used with.

Also keep in mind that many older model HP Designjets can’t handle materials thicker than 9 mil. So your choices may be limited if you want to you use an older model HP Designjet to print on thicker materials such as heavyweight photo and art papers, canvas, or some self-adhesive products.

If you aren’t sure that a certain photo paper or graphics material is compatible with your legacy HP Designjet, check the user manual or call the customer-service experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335.

If you tell us the type of job you would like to print on your HP Designjet, we would be happy to recommend materials that will provide great results with your trusted old workhorse of a printer.


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What Is Wide Format Plotter Paper?

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Wide format plotter paper is a category of coated and uncoated bond papers used to make original prints or reproductions of digitally created line drawings on wide format inkjet printers or toner-based engineering copiers.

Today’s wide format plotter papers are updated versions of the types of papers used in the 1970s and 80s on “plotters” that used computer-driven ink pens to draw engineering or architecture designs created in computer-aided design (CAD) software.

As you search for wide format plotter paper, you will discover a variety of options. Some wide format plotter papers are designed for making inexpensive first drafts with black ink only. Heavier weight, coated papers are available for special purposes such as color renderings, client presentations, or long-term archiving of building plans and site surveys.

Some wide format plotter papers are similar to the sheets of bond papers you use to print everyday office documents. So, you can use wide format bond paper rolls for projects other than technical drawings. For example, you can output posters, charts, short-term signs for events and promotions, or early-stage proofs for graphic designs.

Below is a quick overview of the types of wide format plotter paper that Freedom Paper offers for digital printing devices, including inkjet printers that use aqueous inks and toner-based devices such as engineering copiers and laser or LCD printers.

Plotter Papers for Wide-Format Inkjet Printers

wide format plotter paperFreedom Paper offers inkjet printable wide format plotter paper in standard cut-sheet sizes up to 30 x 42 inches and roll widths from 17 to 60 inches. Wide-format plotter rolls for inkjet printers are supplied on 2-inch cores and in two roll lengths: 150 or 300 feet.

Uncoated Bond: This inexpensive white paper is typically used for black-ink drawings and text documents. It is typically a 20 lb. paper.  Freedom Paper offers 21 lb. and 24 lb. uncoated bond plotter paper, as well.

Eco-Friendly Bond: This paper contains at least 30% post-consumer recycled paper. (“Post-consumer”  paper has been used, discarded, and recovered from the waste stream.)

Coated Bond: The surface treatment on this type of bond paper helps keep droplets of inkjet inks from spreading through the fibers of the paper. Coated papers are best for sharp, accurate printing of fine lines, small text, and multi-color drawings. While a medium-grade coated bond is suitable for many requirements, you may prefer a Premium Coated Bond for documents that will have heavier ink loads or will be presented to clients.

Premium Coated Bond: The inkjet-receptive coatings on these 24 to 32 lb. papers are engineered to handle drawings and documents that include light-ink-coverage graphics or colorful charts or line drawings. Some premium coated bond papers have an anti-curl back coating to help prints stay flat after they are cut from the roll.

Heavyweight Presentation Paper:  These 35 to 38 lb. premium coated bond papers have a higher level of opacity than lighter-weight papers. These papers can also handle the heavier ink coverage in documents that contain photographs, graphics  or solid blocks of color. The ink-receptive coating on these premium bond papers supports bright, clean contrasts, rich colors, and smoother tonal gradations.

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Inkjet Translucent Bond: This smooth, 18 lb. white bond paper provides an economical option for everyday printing of non-archival translucent overlays and blueprints.

Inkjet Vellum: This 100% cotton-fiber, solventless inkjet paper is used to make archival-grade overlays and blueprints that require high-resolution text and uniformity in solid print areas. It is available in 17 lb. and 20 lbs. Choose the heavier vellum if you need more durability.

Wide-Format Papers for Engineering Copiers

The papers in this category are optimized for use in xerographic copiers and LCD and laser printers that use toners instead of inks. The coatings on wide format papers for engineering copiers are formulated to enhance toner adhesion. Rolls of these papers typically have a 3-inch core. Roll lengths range from 150 to 500 ft., depending on the weight of the material. Some models of Xerox copiers require rolls that are taped to the core. Most of Freedom Paper’s bond papers are available in taped-roll form.

Opaque Bond Wide Format Plotter Paper: This white paper is an inexpensive white paper, typically used for black-ink drawings and text documents. This paper is available in 20 lb. standard-weight or 24 lb. premium-duty rolls, and can be purchased with blue, pink, green, or yellow tint.  It may also be referred to as Bond Laser Paper.

Eco-friendly bond. This bond paper is manufactured with 30 percent post-consumer recycled paper.

Translucent Bonds for Laser Printers: These papers are a great choice if you need a more affordable, non-archival translucent alternative to Mylar films or premium vellum.

Solventless and Production-Quality Vellum Paper Rolls: These 100 percent cotton-rag, archival grade papers that produce crisp lines and high-resolution images. These papers are sold in 500 ft. roll lengths.

Other Drafting Materials

Xerographic Mylar Film:  This thin, polyester, translucent film provides a durable, alternative to drawing paper. It can withstand repeated revisions and mark-ups with wet-erase markers. Mylar is unaffected by humidity and temperature extremes, including the heat of engineering copies. This dimensional stability minimizes shrinkage and image distortion and enhances the longevity of the prints. Xerographic Mylar Film is specifically design to work with engineering copiers and laser toner printers.

Inkjet Double-Matte Mylar: These translucent films have a coating for inkjet printing on one side, and a coating for drafting on the other side. Both sides can be marked up with wet-erase markers. While this film looks and behaves almost identically to the Xerographic mylar film, it is coated specifically to be printed on with aqueous inkjet printers.

Clear Films: These optically clear films can be printed to produce informative overlays for maps and drawings.

Call Us With Questions

If you have any questions about which wide format plotter paper is right for your specific printer or copier, call Freedom Paper’s technical support team at 866-310-3335.

For more than a decade, we have been helping customers from all types and sizes of businesses get the wide format plotter paper they need for architectural, engineering, and technical drawings, maps, and general office printing.


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Use Inkjet Fine Art Paper to Make Custom Greeting Cards

Inkjet Fine Art Paper Museo Artist Card SetsDid you know you can use inkjet fine art paper to craft custom holiday cards, invitations, and announcements that feature your own words, photographs, company branding, or artwork?

The inkjet-printable Museo® Artist Cards™ sold by Freedom Paper are made from 100% cotton, naturally white, archival grade fine art papers. The fine-art cards are printable on both sides, pre-scored for folding, and available in four sizes with matching envelopes.

  • Small: 4.5 x 5.825 inches (folded to fit #6 envelopes)
  • Square: 5.25 x 5.25 inches (folded to fit Baronial envelopes)
  • Large: 5.5 x 7.374 inches (folded to fit #9 envelopes)
  • Panoramic: 9.125 x 3.875 inches (folded to #10 envelopes)

The 220 gsm weight of the paper gives the cards a premium-quality feel. And the smooth, flat velina surface finish produces rich, saturated colors without the distracting glare of a glossy photo paper. The cards are available in 24- or 100-card sets with matching envelopes. Larger quantities of the cards and envelopes can be ordered separately.

Free templates and instructions for printing the cards can be downloaded from the Museo Digital Fine Art Media website.

Museo (pronounced Moo-zay-o) is the brand name given to a family of digital fine art media originally developed by Crane & Co. and now owned by Coveris Advanced Coatings. All Museo papers are manufactured to archival standards (Library of Congress, ISO) and are internally buffered to prevent long term environmental acidification. The Museo Artist Cards don’t contain any optical brighteners (which can change how a paper looks over time).

Professional photographers and artists use pigment-ink printers to ensure that images printed on Museo Artist Cards will last for years. (ICC profiles for some of the most popular pigment-ink printers can be downloaded from the Museo Digital Fine Art Media website). But if the wide-format inkjet or desktop inkjet printer in your office uses dye inks, you can still use Museo Artist Cards to print premium quality invitations, announcements, and seasonal greeting cards.

Call Freedom Paper’s customer-service team at 866-310-3335 if you have any questions about ordering, shipping, or using Museo Artist Cards. We are happy to help you learn how to do more with your wide format inkjet printer.


Museo Artist Card Sets

Instructions and Templates:Museo Digital Fine Art Media website

Expanding Beyond Wide Format Inkjet Paper

If you use wide format inkjet paper for architecture, engineering and construction documents, maps, and technical drawings, you can find a huge selection of coated and uncoated bonds, Mylar, and vellums at Freedom Paper. But many of our customers save money by printing simple signs, banners, photographs, and trade-show graphics on the same wide-format inkjet printer they use to print their everyday documents.

wide format inkjet, freedom paperSo, Freedom Paper can deliver much more than wide format inkjet paper. We have gradually expanded the Freedom Paper product line to include high-quality, value-priced display films, banner vinyls, photo papers, and fabrics that can be printed on wide-format inkjet printers that use aqueous dye and pigment inks.

This summer, we added 17 new Freedom Paper-brand products. All these products have been tested to work with the newest models of wide-format inkjet printers, as well as many of the older Canon imagePROGRAF and HP Designjet CAD/technical printers that are still in use. Here’s a quick overview of the newest additions to the Freedom Paper family of products:

Sign and Banner Materials

Our growing selection of sign and banner media now includes innovative materials that can be used to make graphics for a wide range of indoor and outdoor display conditions.

For example, polypropylene films are a popular alternative to heavyweight paper for printing durable indoor posters because polypropylene doesn’t tear or crease. The smooth, white surface of polypropylene film also does a good job with photo reproduction. Some polypropylene films are designed for banner-stand graphics that are frequently rolled and unrolled. The self-adhesive film has a peel-and-stick adhesive that enables you to post graphics on posterboards or other sign blanks that feed through your printer.

Freedom Paper recently added these 4 polypropylene materials:

We also offer more pliable banner materials that can be used for fence wraps, decals, and more durable outdoor banners. Here are our four newest banner vinyls:

The Premium Matte Adhesive-Backed Vinyl has an strong, permanent adhesive for mounting graphics to sign materials. The Low Tack Block-Out Matte Vinyl has a low-tack removable adhesive that is ideal for making signs that will be mounted on windows, glass doors, display cases, and some types of walls.

Window, Backlit, and Display Films

FPAqueousWindowPerfIf you really want to get creative, and produce your own posters and graphics for displays in windows, lightboxes, or pop-up displays, Freedom Paper offers economical versions of some of the most popular types of materials, including:

The perforations in the window film ensures that building occupants can continue to see through the window, even though the printed graphics look solid from the outside.The Semi-Rigid Hybrid Inkjet Film is a 14-mil combination PET/polypropylene film with a light-blocking gray backing. This opaque materials is a great choice for trade-show, retail, and event graphics in pop-up displays because the film can endure repeated insertions without breaking, tearing, or chipping.


To print re-usable graphics that are easy to handle, considering an inkjet-printable fabric. These wrinkle-resistant fabrics have been very popular for trade-show graphics because they are easy to ship, install, and store. Because inkjet fabrics don’t have to be mounted or laminated, fabrics an be used to make “soft signage,” decorative banners, and backdrops. Freedom Paper recently added three inkjet-printable fabric 

Inkjet Fabric PSA is a self-adhesive fabric for printing wall decals and murals that are super-easy to install and remove.

Photo Papers

Thanks to aerial photography, GIS imaging, phoneography, and low-cost stock photography images are featured in more presentations than ever before. To help you get the best results in printing image-rich documents and displays, Freedom Paper offers a wide range papers designed to hold the heavier ink loads associated with photo printing.Our two newest photo papers enable you to produce photo posters, orthophotos, maps, and exhibition photos at budget friendly prices.

Call Us and We’ll Help You Choose

If you are ready to move beyond wide format inkjet paper and try making your own photo enlargements, signs, banners, or graphics, give us a call at 866-310-3335. Tell us more about the type of graphic or sign you would like to create (and how long it needs to last), we can help you chose the best product for job.

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