Paper Matters Blog

Graphic Designer Inspiration ala The Quickie …

What happens when you fuse graphic design inspiration with a good story? You get the Quickie podcast about the struggles and successes of graphic designers.

Husky® The Reliable, Dependable Paper

No matter the size of the press run or whether it’s offset, digital or inkjet, Husky is reliable, dependable paper and gets it done right.

Why Paper Specs Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Paper specs are good guidelines to use when deciding which paper will work best for your print project, how-ever, they aren’t the end all, be all.

A Love Letter to My Commercial Printer

A love letter to my commercial printer.

5 Reasons to Love Cougar Digital Color Copy

Digital printing has evolved into a reliable and high-quality option for printed pieces. Make digital print projects shine with Cougar Digital Color Copy!

A Printer’s Guide to Do’s & …

Having trouble with your print projects? We've pulled together a printer's guide to do's and don'ts to help you keep those projects on track and on budget.

A Vote for Paper

The results of the 2020 Iowa caucuses were delayed more than 24 hours when an expiremental voting app failed, causing many citizens to ask "why not paper?"

How Print, Paper and Design Combine

When print, paper and design are considered together, the possibilities are endless. Learn how collaboration can enhance your next print project.

Calm and Confident: Classic Blue

The Pantone color of the year is Classic Blue, when printed on the right paper shade, it could alter your audience's state of mind.

Our Top Picks for Podcasts that Inspire Creat …

Podcasts are one of the best ways to stay current on trends, issues and influencers. Here are our top podcasts for designers that inspire creativity.

Building Brand Loyalty through Empathy

How can marketers build brand loyalty in a world full of competition? Learn more from industry thought leader Stefan Mumaw.

The Hallmark of Every Great Brand

Purpose. This word is at the hallmark of every great brand. It’s what gives them meaning. It’s what speaks to the soul.

The Power of a Paper Letter: Letter from Birm …

Would the email, tweet or text message from Birmingham Jail carry the same gravitas? I think not. The power of a paper letter stands the test of time.

The Print Production Insider: Introducing Cha …

Questions about print production? Follow our blog and get the latest in tips and best practices to ensure your print projects are on time and within budget.

Enhancing the Customer Retail Experience

Today's consumers are looking for experiences that are convenient, encompassing and hands-on, here are 4 tips to enhance your retail customer experience.

Research is Ammunition in the Design Process

Before you start designing, make sure to take the time to do your research in the design process. It will take you a long way in your career.

Gallery Spotlight: The glassybaby catalog

This oversized catalog, printed on Lynx paper, is a great example of how a simple design printed on the right paper can change the brand experience.

The Secret Ingredient in Cougar® Paper

The secret ingredient in Cougar paper is the people behind the product and their passion for making Cougar paper. Learn more about Rothschild Paper Mill.

Sunbrella – Banner Blind, Paper Ready

Sunbrella, an industry leader in performance fabrics like indoor and outdoor upholstery, is a believer in the powers of paper.

Paper that Sends the Right Message and Streng …

The choices you make in the design process can have an important impact on your brand position. Choosing the right paper can strengthen your brand.

Social Media Is Here To Stay

Social media is here to stay and will continue to be a driving force in consumer purchasing behavior in 2020. Here are a few facts to help make your case.

There’s More To Packaging Designs

Innovative and attractive packaging design is an art. Here's a look back into our gallery at a design that grabbed our attention. Designed on Cougar Vellum.

When Should You Start the Paper Selection Pro …

Avoid disappointments by learning when you should start the paper selection process and what to look for before starting your design.

Specifying Paper for Various Printing Equipme …

When specifying paper for your print project, it is important to know how to select the right paper for the right technology. Here are a few tips to help.

Unlock your Marketing SuperPowers with Print …

Print and social combined are the superpowers behind your marketing strategy. Take your marketing to the next level in 2020 with a strong integrated plan.

6 Reasons to Love Lynx Opaque Ultra Paper

All our brands are made with the same high quality fiber but each are unique in their own ways. Here are 6 reasons why we love Lynx Opaque Ultra paper.

Customer Experience and the Rise of Print Mar …

Customer expectations have changed so much in recent years with the rise of technology. See how print marketing can improve your overall performance.

Four Tips for Better Ink Coverage on Uncoated …

Printing on uncoated paper? See how you can achieve better ink coverage on uncoated paper with these four tips.

Press Check from a Designer’s Perspecti …

Avoid print surprises with scheduled press checks with your printer. Here are a few etiquitte tips we pulled from the title, Designing for Print.

Power of Partnership

Shift in trends in the print industry, it's more than just the print technology, it's about partnerships and finding the right solutions for your customers.

10 Tips to Help Build Your Brands with Linked …

B2B marketing leader, LinkedIn, continues to pave the path for brands. Learn how to build your brand on Linkedin with advice from the experts.

Ink and Paper: The Half and Half

Screen printed poster printed on Cougar By the Half and Half design company was created for our VIPs who attended our Gallery Collection Event. Read more.

Making Colors Pop on Uncoated Paper

When comes to making colors pop on uncoated paper, there are no other options than the high-quality performances of Cougar and Lynx.

Embossing Basics – Different Dies for D …

Embossing can add a memorable element to your print design but do you know the embossing basics to ensure you have the right paper selection?

Let Our Paper Do The Heavy Lifting

For resources to help you select the right paper for the job, you can count on us. We've highlighted a few key paper specifications to help you sort it out.

Paper Finishes for White Paper, More than Mee …

When we talk about a paper’s finish, we are referring to the tactile feel of the sheet itself. Paper comes in a pretty wide range of finishes. Read more and stay informed.

Cougar w/Purpose – Creating Meaningful Reta …

Creating a retail brand that connects with your audience begins with a vision and purpose. Think of Cougar paper as your conduit to connect.

Three Simple Ways to Keep Your Print Customer …

Today, 87% of consumers will begin their research online. Here are a few tips to keep in mind once you get your print customers to your site.

Meeting the Unique Needs of the Food Services …

Domtar meets the needs of customers in the food services industry who are looking to create unique products for their own customers.

Emboss Techniques to Consider for Your Next P …

Producing a printed piece that makes an impact can be including a simple emboss; however, knowing the right embossing technique to consider is key.

4 Project Planning Tips for Your Next Digital …

Let's face it, print disasters will happen; however, having a strong print project plan in place will help avoid major surprises.

The Gallery Collection Event – Powered by C …

For over seven years, The Gallery has been a platform for graphic designers and printers to share their experience on Domtar Paper. Submit your work.

Certified Virgin Paper Plays an Important Rol …

Which is better for the environment: responsibly sourced certified virgin paper or paper made with recycled fiber? The answer may surprise you. Learn more.

Why Paper Brands Matter: Xerox® Paper and Sp …

Domtar offers two products within the Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line, each with its own characteristics that help it stand out from the competition.

How To Get The Best Results When Printing Wit …

If your next print project includes printing with metallic ink, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to achieve the best results.

5 Critical Conversations Between Printers and …

To avoid printing disasters, we pulled together a list of the top 5 critical conversations a printer and designer should have before a print project.

The Benefits of Printed Financial Statements

Domtar continues to raise awareness in Capitol Hill for our rights to choose. Learn more about the benefits of printed financial statements.

6 Steps to Creating a Printed Piece with Impa …

Creating an impactful printed piece for your client, brand or even yourself is absolutely achievable. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Introducing the Fall Issue of Paper Matters M …

Print and paper are essential to the brand experience. What’s exciting are the surprising ways businesses are leveraging print. Subscribe to learn more.

Careers in Print: The Finishing Touch

If you're looking for something fast paced and versatile, the print finishing department could be a good fit. Learn more about the bindery role in print.

The Wow Factor: Color Paper Packs a Visual Pu …

Looking for a way to make your next project pop? Use color paper. Take a look at these tips for designing and printing on color paper.

Get Better Results with Uncoated Paper

At Domtar, we are dedicated to producing high-quality uncoated paper. Learn how you can get better results with uncoated paper.

How Printers Can Help Customers In Print

We interviewed a few print industry thought leaders to provide helpful tips on how printers can help customers in print. Grow your business with these tips.

How Personalized Direct Mail Campaigns Can Up …

When it comes to direct mail campaigns, a personalized message performs better than a general statement. Here are a few tips to help you on your way.

Get in the Paper Gallery! Share Your Work and …

Showcase your exceptional designs printed on Cougar or Lynx paper by submitting your work and getting recognition in the Domtar Paper Gallery.

Office Paper Brands Customers Can Trust

Quality products build loyalty, establish credibility and enhance business reputation. At Domtar, we offer office paper brands customers can trust.

Buying FSC-Certified Paper Helps Protect Our …

When you have so many paper choices, why choose FSC-certified paper? Learn what it means and why you should consider FSC-Certified Paper.

Three Considerations when Designing for Color …

When designing for color paper, it is important to take the shade of your paper into consideration. Here are a few tips to get you on your way.

How to Make the Paper Swatchbook Work for You …

Looking for ways to maximize your print budget and stay on schedule. Here are some tips on how to make the paper swatchbook work for you.

Make an Impact as a Commercial Printer with T …

Commercial printers can attract repeat business through solid research and effective solutions. Here are some meeting ideas to stay top of mind.

How to Use the Paper Swatchbook

New to the print industry? Make sure you know how to use the paper swatchbook to minimize production issues and blowing your print budget.

What is a Press Check and When to Use it

What is a press check and when should you use it? Here are a few tips to ensure your print project goes smoothly and within budget.

Are You Prepared for the Holiday Shopping Sea …

Here are a few tips to optimize your campaigns for the busiest holiday shopping season of the year. From print to digital, make sure you're prepared.

Printed Textbooks vs. EBooks

The debate is still on when it comes to printed textbooks vs. ebooks; however, the research shows that students learn better with a traditional textbook.

Designing for Digital Printing

When designing for print, not all designs are created equal. Make sure you know how to package your digital files for the best outcome and avoid fees.

6 Tips to Selecting the Right Digital Printin …

Your choice of digital printing paper can make or break your next project. 

Print Technology and Uncoated Paper

Changes in print technology have changed how we engineer uncoated paper. Learn more about the evolution of uncoated paper and print technology.

Careers in Print: Do You Enjoy Your Professi …

Do you enjoy your profession? If you enjoy collaborating with others and working with your hands, a print estimator role may be the right fit for you.

Designing for Digital Marketing Media

Designing for digital marketing media is more than just a cool design. Make sure to take these 5 tips into consideration before designing for digital media.

Digital Printing and Not So “Plain” Paper …

When it comes to putting ink on paper, one would think that plain paper is all the same. Well, we're here to tell you, there's a lot more to talk.

How to Sell Personalized Direct Mail Packages …

At 5.1% response rate, direct mail continues to be an effective channel. Here are a few tips to help you sell personalized direct mail to your customers.

Aaron Draplin: Tall Tales From a Large Man

Born in MI, Aaron Draplin moved to Portland, OR after working his way through college. Learn what inspires him to do what he does as a graphic designer.

Back to Print Basics: Part Two

Whether you are new to the industry or have been doing this for years, these 5 tips to avoiding printing mistakes are essential to staying on budget.

The Cougar Mystique

Sight, touch and sound are all part of the Cougar experience. Consistency and reliability make it the go-to sheet for printers, that's the Cougar mystique.

Warm Things Up with Lynx® Cream White

For warmer tones and a softer appeal, our Lynx® Cream White shade was engineered to achieve that goal without altering your design. Request a printed sample

Explore Digital Print and Domtar’s Line of …

Explore digital print and dive into Domtar's line of digital papers options. Request printed samples and swatchbooks to see for yourself.

Back to Print Basics: Part One

Despite technology advancements, the print basics of file management remains the same. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before you send off your project.

How Young People Are Revolutionizing the Prin …

Young generation in print. They are young, curious and interested in print. Learn more about this generation and how they are impacting the print industry.

Transitioning to Inkjet Technology?

You’re thinking about transitioning to inkjet technology but are afraid to make the leap. Here are 4 lessons you can learn from the early adaptors.

Embossed Designs Make Quite the Impression

While offset and digital printing are tried and true methods for graphic communication, nothing makes an impression quite like a blind embossed design

Marie Condo Your Office Space

A clean office space can not only improve productivity but it can also improve your mood. Here are a few tips to Marie Condo your office space.

Making the Most of Variable Data Printing

New technology makes variable data printing an option for just about any campaign. What is variable data printing? And how can you maximize your results?

Could California AB 1884 Bill Be the End For …

California AB 1884 ban on single-use plastic straws set the precedent for other states to follow but does this mean the end for plastic altogether?

Careers in Print: A Customer Service Rep̵ …

President of Ripon Printers, Julie Newhouse, shares her insights to a typical customer service rep's job responsibilities and expectations.

Looking into High-Speed Production Inkjet?

Jeff Matos at Broadridge shares what he's learned and why paper is critical as an early adopter looking into high-speed production inkjet technology.

Bringing Your Private Label Brand to Life

Private label office papers are a key differentiator and growth driver for retailers. Find out why creating a private label brand might be right for you.

What’s in Your Mailbox?

Recent USPS survey showed that respondents across all age demographics still enjoy receiving mail and believes it is a secure method of communication.

Fight For Your Right to Paper Statements

Printed utility bills to printed social security statements, whatever the communication form, the Keep Me Post Campaign fights for your right to choose.

The Declaration of Independence Re-imagined

Back in 1776, paper was a much different substrate than it is today. What would the Declaration of Independence look like if it was written today?

How Do We Measure Shades of White Paper?

The options of white paper are astounding but how are we able to measure shades of white paper and what does this mean to print professionals and creatives?

Paper – The Fifth Color

When you're working with a tight print budget or looking to achieve a specific effect, make sure to consider paper as your fifth color. Here's why.

Personalize Your Next Marketing Campaign for …

If you're looking into improving your marketing ROI, you may want to personalize your next marketing campaign for the biggest impact. Here's why.

What You Need to Know About Thermal Paper

Thermal paper is everywhere, from grocery stores and gas pumps to schools and concert halls. Learn how thermal papers work and why the market is growing.

An Intern’s Perspective About A Paper C …

If you’d asked me what a paper company was like, I’d have told you that it was full of older men named Bob and Dan...but I learned, there's so much more.

Careers in Print: The Job of a Print Producti …

Do you have what it takes to be a production manager in a print shop? Learn more about the skills and responsibilities of a print production manager.

Want Print to Thrive? Here are 4 Ways We Can …

Females account for 80% of students enrolled in print programs, while only representing 40% of the workforce. Here are tips to attracting females to print?

Husky® Opaque Offset Paper Delivers Quality …

Truck after truck, order after order, Domtar’s Husky® Opaque Offset paper delivers consistent results. Find out why it’s a leading choice for printers.

Writing Offers Cognitive, Creative and Social …

Research shows that handwriting enhance cognition, creativity and social skills. Learn more about why you should put pen to paper and surprise a friend.

Lynx – Where Beauty and Performance Mee …

Where Beauty and Performance Meet is the latest printed sample from our Lynx Brand of Paper. Learn more about this piece and how you can request a copy.

6 Tips for Selling Production Inkjet to New C …

Inkjet technology promises faster production time and print quality that gets better every day; but how do you sell production inkjet to new customers?