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    Paper Samples

    As a graphic design student it often happens that i want to use a specific type of paper for a certain project. However, a lot of paper manufacturers only sell to firms with a legal business number.

    Certain distributors like Gmund allow you to order smaples, however only a4 size.

    I wonder which (online) sources other people use.

    Thanks.

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    Where are you from? Try to request some samples from Antalis or James Cropper PLC.

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    Neenah Paper and French Paper both offer samples. Neenah just charges shipping if I recall correctly, good deal for a design student printing say, 1 copy of something. They do any of their sizes, as well.

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    I have had good experiences with French Paper Co. They have a wide variety of stocks and have very reasonable prices. What kind of projects are you working on? Papersource.com could be an option as well to purchase in smaller quantities.

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    I normally request samples from my local printers, or local paper specialists. If you have a decent enough printer they should have a sample of almost everything you would need.

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    your may want to contact a distributer rather than a manufacturer... he will give you paper of many manufacturers for free, just dont tell them you are a student.

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    Mohawk Paper "sells" their paper samples online for free - they usually have promos of their different types of paper but you do have to pay for the shipping costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tealeafdancah View Post
    As a graphic design student it often happens that i want to use a specific type of paper for a certain project. However, a lot of paper manufacturers only sell to firms with a legal business number.

    Certain distributors like Gmund allow you to order smaples, however only a4 size.

    I wonder which (online) sources other people use.

    Thanks.
    We get samples all the time from resellers like Unisource, ASA paper, etc..

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    If you are only looking for small qty, you can try Announcement Converters in Florida, they carry Mohawk, Neenah, Cordenons, Arjo Wiggens, Reich, Gmund, and many other paper mills. They do charge for samples, but they are awesome to work with.

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    late to the party, but when I was finishing school in the graphic design program they took us to several printing presses, and they distributed paper samples to us. There is also a paper supplier in town that keeps a paper sample room where you can go and select sheets up to 11x17; sometimes they charge, sometimes they don't.

    also, I was surprised to find that photography shops (actual photography shops, not some place like best buy) keep very high quality paper on hand for digital photographers and it can be bought anywhere from a4 - actual roll size. To use the roll you would need to know someone with a roll printer, or else you could just trim off the sizes of paper that you need (tedious). During our senior projects we all put in money to purchase a couple of rolls that we took turns printing on from the digital photography lab.

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    Most major paper companies offer samples for FREE or for purchase on their website (French Paper, Neenah, Mohawk) but you can also go to your local printer and see if they have swatch books. We carry the swatch books for all of the major suppliers in the US including GMUND and Reich.

    Send me a message and I can hook you up with paper samples.

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    can't you contact big paper resellers, tell them you're graphic designer & need samples so you can advise your clients on what paper to use in certain projects? they should be happy to send you all the samples they have - because designers are usually the ones that choose papers. designers make them money ;)
    and printers are the ones responsible for acquiring papers you choose, that's their job.
    at least that's how things work in europe ;)

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    You need the help of a graphic designer, get a directory of your town and ready.

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    french paper as suggested above is a great resource for samples, but many third party sites can also supply specialty paper samples if necessary if you're looking for something with a specialty finish even if its on regular copy stock or up to card stock. you could also go to a local paper shop like paper source if available depending on size and need.

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    You can order sample of paper from Antalis for free; or go in their showroom directly to pick !

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