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HIGH QUALITY PAPERS
At True North, we are proud of the fact that we're able to ensure that our papers are not only sustainably sourced, but also provide the highest levels of quality for our customers.
With a blend of matte and gloss finish, our archival quality 170 GSM paper stock is thick and durable, and serves as the perfect base upon which we print your unique and custom artwork.
170 GSM / 65 lbs Weight
At 170 GSM, our paper is almost twice as thick as traditional printer paper - ensuring our beautiful & high quality city map art prints stay crisp and vibrant for years to come.
From opacity and saturation to chemical composition and ISO brightness, we've gone to great lengths to ensure that our paper is in a league of its own.
FSC © Certified Paper
We use FSC © certified paper, which guarantees it comes from from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
170 GSM / 65 lbs Weight
What is paper weight and why does it matter?
While there are many ways to assess the quality of printing paper, grams per square meter (GSM) is one of the most widely used standards.
GSM is a measure of the weight of various types of paper when cut into a sample size of one square meter, or about 3.3 by 3.3 feet.
A newspaper will typically weigh in at around 45 GSM, and your typical printer paper will come in at about 90 GSM.
At True North, we pride ourselves on outstanding handcrafted quality by carefully selecting only the highest tier raw materials - as such, we print our art on 170 GSM specialty archival photo paper (which has the added benefit of being sustainably sourced).
This paper is thick, robust, and heavy to the touch. It is extremely durable and is coated with specially designed color pigment receptors to ensure long-lasting print jobs and vibrant colors for years to come.
Professional giclée printing is as much an artform as it is a science. It's time to get technical.
When building True North, we knew from the very beginning that using the highest quality poster paper would be one of our top priorities, even if it meant more expensive raw materials costs.
Because of its saturation and resistance to fingerprints, our professional archival paper is without a doubt the best possible choice for giclée quality art prints and posters.
The material's polyethylene-coated RC base delivers outstanding color saturation for vivid prints, which ensuring an enhanced high color gamut for an amazing color reproduction which covers 99% of the Pantone grade scale.
Furthermore, our paper offers an opacity of 97% and an ISO brightness of 96%, while maintaining a consistent gloss level of 16% at 60°.
We've taken great care in not cutting corners, and we are confident that as soon as your feel your unique art print or poster in hand, you too will realize that True North prints are made to the highest possible standards.
FSC © Certified Paper
The best paper for your art can also be the best paper for our planet. Now that's a win-win.
What makes paper 'sustainable'? Like many other green buzzwords including 'organic' and 'natural,' the word 'sustainable' can be vague.
With its 'FSC-Certified' label, the Forest Stewardship Council defines a strict set of standards that paper products must meet in order to prove that they are truly environmentally and socially responsible.
The FSC requires products that bear an FSC-certified label to go through a “chain of custody” from the forest to the manufacturer to the merchant and finally, to the printer.
We're proud to use FSC Certified paper whenever possible, as it not only helps us provide the highest quality prints and posters, but allows us to do so knowing we're helping our planet.
The True North Guarantee
At the end of the day, we want you to be genuinely happy with your custom True North art print. That’s more important to us than making a few extra bucks by denying your return. So we created the True North Guarantee, designed to have your back at all times.
At the end of the day, we want you to be genuinely happy with your custom True North art print.
That’s more important to us than making a few extra bucks by denying your return.
So we created the True North Guarantee, designed to have your back at all times.
Design with confidence
Design your unique art print knowing that you're covered by the True North Guarantee.
100 days, 100% guarantee
Unpack your art, hang it up, and enjoy it for up to 100 days while making up your mind.
We've got your back, alaways
We stand by our work, and we will make it right should you not be 110% happy with it.
Got a first one to try it out, now going to get some for the other rooms in my condo.
Got him a map of Monza - he is SO happy with it!
I was a bit skeptical at first, but then realized how high quality the paper is. Would buy another.
I spent an amazing 3 months in Bali (pre-pandemic, obviously) and have really been missing it. I saw an ad for this cool map poster thing, and it literally had Bali in the ad, so I figured it was a sign. Love my new map!!
FAQ & General Questions 🔎
Looking for something? Great - You've come to the right place!
Ever since we've been open for business, we've catalogued the thousands of questions that we've received from curious customers just like you.
We then took all those inquiries and categorized them into these general questions - which we've gone ahead and answered in our FAQ.
We're confident that we've answered the most commonly asked questions here - but if you'd like to know something else, you can go ahead and reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org