At Somerset, our one-of-a-kind manufacturing process produces sturdy paper with a smooth surface that allows images to pop off the page. The strength of the product translates directly into remarkable on-press efficiency and a heftier, more substantial feel in the finished piece. With Somerset, you always get stunning results that demand your audience’s attention.
Somerset is the only mill that combines papermaking, coating and calendering into a single continuous process. This means a stronger paper with more bulk and fewer splices, which is critical to high volume web printing. The process also creates a smoother surface that allows ink to stay higher up on the paper for superior hold-out and print gloss—delivering rich, arresting imagery and a completely immersive experience.
Somerset paper is built to withstand the demands of our continuous 4,000-feet-per-minute manufacturing process without breaking, making it the perfect solution for high-intensity printing environments. Its incredible durability means fewer web breaks and less downtime, which also means less hassle and fewer surprise costs. And the Somerset Mill uses three machines—all capable of producing a high volume of multiple weights and finishes—helping to ensure your project comes in on time.
Somerset delivers a far more substantial feel when compared to similar basis weight papers. This is critical for publishers and direct mailers because it allows for a lighter weight while maintaining a powerful, tactile experience that your customers will want to keep in their hands longer.
A gloss finish provides high image intensity and crispness that makes it feel like your brand is jumping off the page. One watch out: the ultra smooth surface of gloss tends to create glare, which can make long-form content difficult to consume.
Both sleek and almost polished to the touch, gloss finishes give audiences a sense of stylish quality.
A satin finish provides a crisp, low glare background for text while offering sharp contrast and snap for printed pages. Its superior readability and vivid color lends an air of relaxed intimacy perfectly suited to accessible brands.
Similar to dull, satin finishes offer uniform tactility that feels luxurious and approachable.
The purposeful ruggedness of matte finishes exhibits authenticity and understated confidence. Inks absorb more into the paper, which softens the dot for a less intense image. This reduces glare, maximizes readability and gives you the look and feel of an uncoated sheet with the quality of coated. Matte surfaces also offer great write-ability.
Matte finishes result in a textured and topographic surface, with a soft “toothiness” that creates earthy, accessible tactility audiences can feel.