INKJET PRINTING FOR BUTTONSOUR TOP PICK: Epson Presentation Paper 4.9 mil Matte
Inkjet printers are offer excellent color and super high resolution at an affordable up-front cost. Most home printers or all-in-one printers use inkjet technology. When using this type of printer, the paper is very important.
Inkjet technology works by applying microscopic dots of ink onto paper. The smaller the ink dots, the higher the resolution. Inkjet paper is coated specifically to hold those tiny ink droplets in place. If you use uncoated regular office paper, the ink droplets will spread causing the resolution to decrease and the colors to bleed together. Now, it is physically possible to print on standard office paper in an inkjet printer, which causes some less scrulpulous paper manufacuturers to slap an "inkjet compatible!" label on the box (I'm looking at you, HP) but the quality still sucks.
This paper delivers the same resolution and color depth as the fancy glossy paper, but at 4.7 mils, it is thin enough to punch out circles and press buttons with ease. It also has the added bonus of being a fast drying paper, so your buttons won't rust!
LASER PRINTING FOR BUTTONSOUR TOP PICK: Boise Polaris Laser
Here at ButtonMakers we use the Boise Polaris Laser. It has a nice bright white undertone and is relatively static free which leads to less jams in the printer, and easier handling of cut button graphics.