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How to Print on Cardstock

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If you want your printouts to have a professional look and feel, printing them on cardstock is a great option. Cardstock is thicker than standard printer paper, so it's ideal for things like business cards, postcards, and brochures. Plus, it's easy to find cardstock in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can really make your printouts stand out.

So to quickly answer - can you actually print on Cardstock?

Quite simply, yes! Although home printers are not always built to handle the thickness of cardstock, as long as you have the right type of printer and use the correct settings, printing on cardstock should be a breeze.

Here are a few tips to get you started on printing on cardstock:

1. Check Your Printer's Manual to See What Types of Paper It Can Handle

Some home printers can only handle standard printer paper, while others may be able to print on thicker papers like cardstock and photo paper.

If your printer can't handle cardstock, you may be able to use your office's photocopier instead. Just be sure to set the photocopier to the correct paper type and weight.

2. Choose the Right Kind of Cardstock

There are many different types and weights of cardstock on the market, so it's important to choose one that will work well with your printer. If you're not sure what kind to get, ask a salesperson at your local office supply store for help.

3. Use the Correct Settings on Your Printer

When you go to print your document, be sure to choose the correct paper type and weight in the printer settings. Choosing the wrong settings can result in poor print quality or even damage to your printer.

Unfortunately, this step is not super straightforward - as it differs from printer to printer. The best way to determine the correct settings is to consult your printer's manual or do a quick Google search for your specific model.

It might be the case that you can just print on normal paper settings and your printer will automatically adjust for the cardstock. However, again I recommend checking first as it differs from printer to printer!

4. Print a Test Page First

Before you print your entire document on cardstock, it's always a good idea to do a test print first. This will help you make sure that your printer is set up correctly and that the cardstock is feeding through properly.

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With these tips in mind, printing on cardstock should be a breeze! Just be sure to take your time and choose the right settings for your printer. With a little bit of effort, you can achieve professional-looking results from the comfort of your own home.

5. Cardstock Can Jam Quite Easily

Be sure to keep an eye on your printer while it's printing on cardstock. Cardstock is much thicker than standard printer paper, so it can jam quite easily. If you see that your printer is starting to jam, stop the print job and clear the paper jam before continuing.

Rather than trying to print all at once, it may be helpful to print in small batches. This will help reduce the risk of paper jams and will make it easier to keep an eye on your printer.

6. Don't Forget About Double-sided Printing!

If you're printing on cardstock, don't forget that you can also print on both sides of the paper. This can be a great way to save paper and money, and it's also more eco-friendly.

To print on both sides of the cardstock, you'll need to use your printer's duplex printing feature. This feature is usually found in the printer settings, and it allows you to print on both sides of the paper automatically.

7. Go Professionally

If you're printer just isn't for the job and you don't fancy picking up a fancy new printer, there's always the option of going professionally. Many Office Depot and Staples stores will print documents on cardstock for you, often at a lower cost than if you were to buy your own printer. Just bring in your document on a USB drive or email it to the store, and they'll take care of the rest!

It should actually be quite priced competitively for convenience - it won't be actually "cheap" but for those who need things done in a pinch it might be the best option. Plus, it is pretty convenient as well - and you know you will get a top-notch finish.

8. Get That Crisp Professional Finish With a Heavier GSM

If you want your cardstock printouts to have a really professional look and feel, go for a heavier paperweight. Cardstock with a higher GSM (grams per square meter) will be thicker and more durable, so it's perfect for things like business cards or postcards. Just keep in mind that heavier paperweights will be more difficult to print on, so it's important to choose the right settings for your printer.

9. Consider Using a Cardstock-Specific Printer

If you're serious about printing on cardstock, you may want to invest in a printer that's specifically designed for thicker papers. These types of printers usually have sturdier paper trays and can handle heavier paper weights without any problems.

10. Use a Heavy-Duty Stapler

If you're printing on cardstock, you'll need to use a heavy-duty stapler to put your documents together. Cardstock is much thicker than standard printer paper, so regular staples will likely not be strong enough to hold it together.

To find a heavy-duty stapler, simply look for one that says it can staple through thick papers. These staplers are usually a bit more expensive than regular staplers, but they're definitely worth the investment if you plan on printing on cardstock regularly.

So there you have it! Those are just a few tips on how to print on cardstock. With a little bit of effort, you can achieve professional-looking results from the comfort of your own home. Just remember to take your time and choose the right settings for your printer. W

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Elin Beck

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