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Hi,

I'm printing out a map of mine (36x30 inches) to put on a wall as a display (to hang in my office) and will not be folded . I'm clueless on what types of paper/weight I should specify to my printer.

When you do a similar project, do you go for a gloss or matte finish, what paper weight do you use ?

thanks,
will

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I'm printing out a map of mine (36x30 inches) to put on a wall as a display (to hang in my office) and will not be folded . I'm clueless on what types of paper/weight I should specify to my printer.

When you do a similar project, do you go for a gloss or matte finish, what paper weight do you use ?


It's partly a matter of personal preference. Ask your printer whether he can show you some samples of the different papers and then pick whichever one you like best.
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If you plan on laminating the map you might consider a matte paper.



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A heavy weight stock would reduce sagging. A 100 lb. stock would be a good choice for a flat map destined for a wall. Matte will have less glare.

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Hi,

I'm printing out a map of mine (36x30 inches) to put on a wall as a display (to hang in my office) and will not be folded . I'm clueless on what types of paper/weight I should specify to my printer.

When you do a similar project, do you go for a gloss or matte finish, what paper weight do you use ?

thanks,
will


I use a semi-glossy photo stock for posters of this image. While this is not a typical map in any sense, I find that photo stock (matte, semi-gloss, or glossy) is the only way to achieve correct colors and finest detail, both of which are even more important in traditional maps than in that image. A good coated stock can get you as much detail, but it will still lack the wide gamut of photo paper. Photo paper is expensive, but for one-offs that I care about, it’s the only way I go.

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Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences !

Ultimately, I decided to visit the print shop and I'll find out in person which one I like the best.

Regards,
Will




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