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Paper Grammage(GSM), PT and Thickness Comparison and Conversion Table

Printed Paper Box Materials

For the custom paper box, the paper printed box is usually made of 4 kinds of paperboards. The SBS paperboard is white color inside and outside, which is widely used for the cosmetic paper boxes. The CUK, also referred to as SUS, is white color outside and kraft brown color inside, which is widely used for the beer carriers, beer cartons, beverage paper boxes. The kraft paperboard is kraft brown color inside and outside. It is used to make the kraft paper box and corrugated printed box. The CCNB paperboard is white color outside and grey color inside.

Paperboard Thickness and Grammage Conversion Table

单铜,双铜,白卡,白牛卡,牛卡,灰底白板纸张克重gsm, 厚度和pt对照转换表格

In China, the thickness of the paperboard is measured in millimeters, while point is used in USA, which is abbreviated to pt. The formulas below can be used for the conversion of the 2 units.

1 inch =25.4mm = 1000 pt. 

1 pt = 0.0254mm

For example, 60pt=60*0.0254mm=1.524mm. The 60pt chipboard in USA refers to the 1.5mm greyboard in China, which is very ideal for the small rigid paper boxes. When you need a strong rigid box, 80pt chipboard can be used, which is 2mm thick greyboard in China.

– 标准厚度(mm)                                        – 标准厚度(mm)  
10PT = 0.254mm                                     11PT = 0.279mm  
12PT = 0.305mm                                     13PT = 0.330mm 
14 PT = 0.356mm                                    15PT = 0.381mm 
16 PT = 0.406mm=342gsm                    17PT = 0.432mm=350gsm
18 PT = 0.456mm=361gsm                  20 PT = 0.508mm=381gsm
20 PT = 0.508mm=381gsm                    21 PT = 0.533mm=400gsm
22 PT = 0.559mm=420gsm                   24 PT = 0.610mm=454gsm
26 PT = 0.660mm=488gsm                   27 PT = 0.686mm=513gsm
28 PT = 0.711mm=0.711gsm

paperboard-caliper-thickness-pt-conversion

Below is the paper details used at Shanghai DE Printed Box.

白卡纸,单铜(SBS C1S)双铜纸(SBS C2S)哑粉纸,铜版纸(Art Paper)双胶纸(Woodfree Paper)
GSMmmGSMmmGSMmmGSMmm
2100.27800.061050.09-0.1800.095
2300.3-0.311050.081280.12-0.131000.11
2500.331280.11570.161200.14
3000.4-0.411570.122000.19-0.21500.17
3500.47-0.482000.172500.251800.2
4000.552100.213000.312000.23
2300.252500.29
2500.2653000.33
3000.353500.4
3500.414000.47
4000.465
SBS C1S(白卡)PT/GSM Comparison TableSBS C2S(双铜)PT/GSM Comparison Table
PT标准克重GSM使用克重PT标准克重GSM使用克重
7PT161g7PT182g
8PT174g190g8PT195g
10PT199g210g9PT225g230g
11PT225g230g10PT234g230g
12PT236g250g12PT272g300g
14PT265g300g14PT306g300g
15PT280g300g16PT340g350g
16PT296g300g18PT358g350g
18PT324g350g20PT420g400g
20PT345g350g24PT230G白卡对裱
22PT379g400g30PT300G白卡对裱
24PT407g400g
26PT435g450g
灰底白板(Duplex Board with Grey Back)白底白板(Duplex Board with White Back)
GSMmmGSMmm
2500.323000.37-0.38
3000.373500.44-0.45
3500.44-0.454000.5-0.51
4000.494500.57-0.58

Note:

  • 1. The duplex board with grey back is also referred to as the while lined chipboard with greyback, clay coated new back(CCNB).
  • 2. The duplex board with white back is also referred to as the white lined chipboard with white back.
  • 3. The woodfree paper is also referred to as the offset paper.
  • 4. The SBS C1S, C2S is also referred to ivory board or art paper in China. C1S means that the paper is coated on only one side of the paperboard. C2S means that both sides of the paperboard are coated. Ivory paperboard in China usually refers to the SBS C1S. Such papers are used to make the luxury printed paper boxes and cosmetic paper boxes.
  • 5. The art paper is also called coated paper.

Conversion between gsm, pound, cover lb, text lb.

Text

Text is a classification of paper most commonly used for the interiors of books. Text stocks are usually measured in pounds (noted lb. or #). Text paper is widely used the booklet printing, manual printing, catalogue printing. It is usually 128gsm, or 157gsm art paper.

Cover

Cover is a thicker classification of paper most commonly used for book covers, measured in points (noted pt.) and sometimes in pounds (noted lb.). It is usually 157gsm or 200gsm art paper.

GSM

GSM (grams per square meter) is the metric system’s universal measure for paper weight and can be converted into lb. and pt. For example, 80 GSM is 55 lb. text and 350 GSM is 14pt. cover. Typically used to describe card paper.

https://okpaper.com/toolbox/calculators/calc-lbs-gsm

Formula:

1lb. of Text paper = 1.48 gsm. Multiply each pound of text paper by 1.48.

1 lb. of Cover paper = 2.708 gsm. Multiply each pound of cover paper by 2.708.

Solid Bleached Sulfate (SBS)

Bleached paperboard or solid bleached sulfate (SBS) is a premium paperboard grade that is white in color. In order to be considered SBS, the finished product contains no more than 20 percent recycled materials. The remaining 80 percent must be composed of freshly-harvested woodchips that are chemically processed and bleached. The bleaching process gives SBS its signature white color, both inside and out.

SBS is used to package everyday products, including food and beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. In order to print marketing and product information on the paperboard packaging’s surface, most SBS is coated with a naturally-occurring mineral called kaolin clay to improve its printing surface. If the packaging is intended for frozen foods or liquids, it may also be coated with a very thin plastic lining for wet strength protection.

Coated Unbleached Kraft Paperboard (CUK)

Similar to SBS, clay natural Kraft (CNK®) or solid unbleached sulfate (SUS®) paperboard (two variations of CUK) contains no more than 20 percent recycled material. However, when the 80 percent freshly-harvested woodchips are processed, they are not bleached and the paperboard’s bottom and inside layers remain the natural brown color.

Although the inner layers are brown, unbleached paperboard’s surface is still treated the same as bleached paperboard in order to create a printable and wet-resistant surface.

Shanghai DE Printed Box is a China medium-sized custom paper box manufacturer and packaging solution provider with facilities around 100,000 square meters in total. The company exclusively specializes in the supply and export of the custom paper boxes, including the paper printed boxcorrugated printed boxcosmetic paper boxrigid paper box, cardboard gift box and custom paper bag. If you have any questions about the custom paper box, or would like us to give you a price quote, please do not hesitate to contact us by giving us an email.

Why is Bleed so Important?

Before we discuss the importance and necessity of bleed, let’s first expain what bleed is.

1. What is bleed in printing?

Below is a paiting to be printed. The blue line refers to the cut line. Everything outside the blue line will be trimmed. The bleed line is 3mm away from the cut line on the outside. While the green line is the safe line. Every essential elements of the painting needs be inside the safety zone, in case they are trimmed during the die-cutting.

bleed-safe-cut-line

2. Why is bleed necessary during the pre-printing design?

The inaccurate die-cutting is the root cause of the bleed zone setup. The die-cutting is accurate generally, but not 100% in theory. Without the setup of the bleed zone, a thin white area on the edge may appear on the finished piece.

Now we understand the essence of the bleed. Therefore, when we create an artwork ready for printing, the background image must be extended 3mm(0.125″)away beyond the cutline.If a brochure has the final size 210*297mm, then the artwork should at least has the size 216*303mm.

3. Safety Zone

The safe line is usually 6mm(0.25″) away from the cutline. It is inside the cutline. When the texts go over the safe line, they are risk being cut off during the trimming process.

 safety-zone-in-printing

Shanghai DE Printed Box is a China medium-sized custom paper box manufacturer and packaging solution provider with facilities around 100,000 square meters in total. The company exclusively specializes in the supply and export of the custom paper boxes, including the paper printed boxcorrugated printed boxcosmetic paper boxrigid paper box, cardboard gift box and custom paper bag. If you have any questions about the custom paper box, or would like us to give you a price quote, please do not hesitate to contact us by giving us an email.

Creating a Dieline

What is a dieline?

A dieline is a 2-dimensional graphic design of the outline of a packaging box, which shows the box cut line and the fold line. Usually the cut line is represented by the solid line and the fold line by the dotted line in another color.

How to create the dieline?

Adobe Illustrator is widely used in the creating of the box dieline. However, AutoCAD seems much more powerful when the box has a complex design and structure. AutoCAD makes the design more accurate and easy when the complicated flip, rotate, and mirror are involved. Personally, I prefer AutoCAD when I need create a dieline.

dieline

Dieline

Shanghai DE Printed Box is a China medium-sized custom paper box manufacturer and packaging solution provider with facilities around 100,000 square meters in total. The company exclusively specializes in the supply and export of the custom paper boxes, including the paper printed boxcorrugated printed boxcosmetic paper boxrigid paper box, cardboard gift box and custom paper bag. If you have any questions about the custom paper box, or would like us to give you a price quote, please do not hesitate to contact us by giving us an email.