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HP Paper products

Introduction

You probably use your HP inkjet, photo, or all-in-one printer for all sorts of tasks, from recipes and articles to business documents and cherished family photos. Different projects call for different papers. We’ll help you make smart paper choices and get the best results for all your printed projects.


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Made for each other

HP inks and papers are specially formulated to work with HP printers so you’ll get crisp, clean printouts every time. HP makes a wide range of papers for its inkjet printers, including photo paper and brochure and card stock. Be sure to check the package for compatibility before you use it. 


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Different projects, different papers

You want everything you print to look its best, and value is important too. That’s why HP has so many options when it comes to inkjet paper.

Use these charts to match your printing tasks to the right HP paper.

Recommendations for HP Inkjet printers

Projects Paper recommendation for Inkjet printers Benefits Where to buy

Photocopies, fax machines, drafts of everyday documents such as e-mails


HP Inkjet paper










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HP Multipupose Recycled paper

Outstanding Value

Heavyweight to reduce show-through

Brighter than ordinary inkjet papers

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Compatible with all types of printers, copiers, and fax machines.

Made with 30% recycled materials

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Photos for framing, special gifts, or scrapbooks
HP Premium Plus photo paper

Superior true-to-life color that resists fading

Makes professional-quality prints

Comes in a wide variety of sizes and finishes

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Photos for photo albums
HP Premium photo paper

Vibrant colors, glossy blacks, realisstic skin tones

Thick and sturdy like professional photos

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Large quantities of photos for friends and family
HP Advanced photo paper

Dries instantly and resists smudging

Withstands repeated handling

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Drafts of photos, photos for school projects
HP Everyday photo paper

Excellent value

Thicker and heavier than regular paper so colors don’t bleed through

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Greeting cards

HP Greeting cards







__________________ HP Premium Photo Greeting cards

Simple to use, loads like regular paper

Pre-scored for easy folding

__________________ Professional-quality sheen for optimal color quality. 

Prints won’t stick when stacked
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Business presentations, reports and newsletters
HP Premium Presentation paper

Coated on both sides for two-sided printing

Impressive image quality for graphics and text.

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Two-sided color printing such as reports
HP Color Inkjet paper

HP Color Inkjet paper is highly opaque, great for two-sided printing

Extra smooth and bright for sharp, crisp text and colors

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Brochures and flyers
HP Premium paper

Extremely smooth finish

Thicker than regular paper for a professional feel
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Important business documents
HP Premium paper

Extremely smooth finish

Thicker than regular paper for a professional feel
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Recommendations for HP LaserJet printers

Projects Paper recommendation for LaserJet printers Benefits Where to buy
Photocopies, fax machines, drafts of everyday documents such as e-mails
HP LaserJet paper

Outstanding value

Heavyweight to reduce show-through Brighter than standard office papers

Brighter than standard office papers

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Photos
HP Color Laser photo paper

Superior, true-to-life color that resists fading

Makes professional-quality prints

Comes in a wide variety of sizes and finishes

Dries instantly and resists smudging

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Business presentations, reports, newsletters and two-sided printing
HP Color Laser Presentation paper

Coated on both sides for two-sided printing.

Impressive image quality for graphics and text.

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Brochures and flyers
HP Color Laser Brochure paper

Comes in matte or glossy

Exceptional image quality on both sides

Tri-fold paper is pre-scored for easy folding

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Important business documents
HP Premium Choice LaserJet paper

Extremely bright for crisp text and vivid color

Thicker than regular paper for a professional feel
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Terms to know

There are a few attributes that make one paper different from another. Here’s a quick reference guide:

  • Finish
    Finish will affect the way your printed piece looks. HP offers a range of finishes including matte, glossy, and high-gloss. This is especially important when you’re printing photos. However, most everyday printer papers are matte.
  • Brightness
    Brightness refers to the amount of light reflected from the surface of the paper. The more light, the higher the brightness value—which means you get crisper text and a better background for vivid images and color photos. HP's brightest inkjet paper is Bright White for inkjet printing.
  • Thickness and weight
    Thickness and weight determine how resistant the paper will be to creases, and how sturdy it feels in your hands. HP Brochure and Flyer paper, for example, is thicker and heavier than HP Inkjet paper.
  • Size
    In addition to standard 8-1/2" x 11" papers, HP offers specialty sizes such as legal (11" x 17") and photo papers in a variety of sizes including 4" x 6", 5" x 7", and panorama.
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More paper know-how

In addition to papers for everyday use, HP makes specialty papers including full-sheet labels and iron-on transfers. Learn more about printing on specialty papers.

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