Computers, Laptops & Tablets Accessories & Hardware 42 42 people found this article helpful What Is Bond Paper? Bond paper is common in homes and offices by Jacci Howard Bear Writer A graphic designer, writer, and artist who writes about and teaches print and web design. our editorial process Jacci Howard Bear Updated on May 31, 2020 Accessories & Hardware Printers & Scanners Guide To Buying a New Printer The Quick Guide to Webcams Keyboards & Mice Monitors Cards HDD & SSD Raspberry Pi Tweet Share Email Bond paper is a durable paper that is especially suitable for electronic printing and use in office machines, including copiers and network and desktop printers. People typically use it for letterhead, stationery, business forms, and a variety of documents produced with inkjet and laser printers. For example, many of the invoices you receive in the mail are printed on bond paper. Paper Size and Weight Lifewire / Andrea Hickey Bond paper has a basic size of 17x22 inches and, usually, a basis weight of 20 pounds. A paper's basis weight is determined by the weight of 500 sheets of paper at its basic size. In the case of 20-pound bond paper, 500 sheets of 17x22 inch bond paper weighs 20 pounds. Even when the large sheet is cut down to other sizes, including the ubiquitous 8.5x11 inch size, it is still referred to as 20-pound paper. Even though 20-pound bond is the most common weight, bond paper comes in other weights that range from 16-pound to 36-pound. As you might expect, the higher the number, the heavier and thicker the sheet of paper. It also comes in a variety of sizes, although the standard letter page size, 8.5x11 inches, is by far the most common. It is also available in legal size, which is 8.5x14 inches, and 11x17 inch tabloid size, among other dimensions. Paper Quantities Erasability, excellent absorption, and rigidity characterize bond paper. Bond paper sold in office supply stores typically comes in letter size reams of 500 sheets, sold individually or by the case. White is the most common color, but bond papers come in pastels, neon brights, and other assorted colors. Smaller packs of specialty bond paper with designs or special finishes usually are available in smaller packs of 50 to 100 sheets. Frequently, these are sold for use as do-it-yourself letterhead or flyers. Also suitable for use as a writing paper, bond papers come in a variety of finishes and textures, including cockle, laid, linen, and wove. Other Paper Specifications Other specifications found on packages of bond paper are its brightness, whether it is coated or uncoated, and whether it is watermarked. The vast majority of bond paper used in home and office environments is uncoated and not watermarked. Brightness A paper's brightness measures the amount of reflectance of a specific wavelength of blue light. Brightness is measured on a scale of 0 to 100 — the higher the number, the brighter the paper. In other words, 95 bright paper reflects more light than an 85 bright paper; therefore, it appears brighter. Coated vs. Uncoated Coated paper restricts the amount of ink that is absorbed and how the ink bleeds into the paper. This is desirable for sharp and complex images because the ink stays on top of the paper and does not wick or bleed, which reduces the sharpness of the printed material. Uncoated paper is generally not as smooth as coated paper and tends to be more porous. Uncoated paper is usually used for letterhead, envelopes, and printed material. Watermarked Paper Watermarked paper has a faint identifying image or pattern in the paper that appears as various shades of lightness or darkness when viewed. If you hold the paper up to the light, you can see an identifying mark or brand coming through the paper. When it comes to stationery, a watermark seems elegant and sophisticated. Paper currency is usually printed on watermarked paper as an anti-counterfeiting measure.