Learn the fundamentals of how paper is made so you understand the impact of this process on you project.
- Materials are the foundation of any well-made product;…and print is no exception.…Let me take you on a short journey to better understand how…paper, the indispensable ingredient in printing, is made.…A basic understanding of how paper is made…will help you become a more savvy paper specifier…and help you choose just the right materials…to support your design and take full advantage…of paper and all its amazing properties.…The modern paper-making process, in its essence,…uses the same foundational materials…that have been used to make paper for centuries…but with some really important modern updates.…
Making paper in the 21st Century uses the same…basic ingredients harnessed nearly 2,000 years ago…by a distinguished member of Chinese Emperor Han's court…named Cai Lun.…These two main ingredients are natural fibers and water.…The Chinese transferred this revolutionary knowledge…to the Islamic Empire,…where it ultimately spread to European culture.…And paper became the fuel for the spread…of Gutenberg's 15th-Century invention, the printing press.…
Chris Harrold of Mohawk Paper teaches the basics of paper, including physical attributes like color and finish, and shows how to select the right paper for a project and ensure the best results on press. Altogether, this course helps you take full advantage of one of the most important elements of any print project, and choose paper to support any type of design, from luxury packaging to short-run press projects.
- Examining paper finish, texture, color, and weight
- Using coated vs. uncoated paper
- Papers for packaging
- Finding paper samples
- Working with printers