Tuesday, August 11, 2015

An Overview of the Different Types of Drafting Paper Available Today

The paper that someone chooses will have a real impact on the quality of the final drawing when drafting. Many different types of papers are available. Most have unique properties that make one type more suitable for certain applications than others. It is important to know what types of drafting paper are available today.

Vellum Paper

Vellum is a very common type of paper available. Vellum is a paper that has a few distinctive qualities. The first is that the paper is translucent. This means it can be used to trace something else. It could also be placed over a perspective grid or other item to provide easy guidance while drafting. A second important feature of vellum is that it is resistant to warping or changing under many conditions. This includes heat and moisture. A final aspect of vellum is that it is incredibly durable. It can withstand the sharp point of a technical pen and the stress of using an eraser multiple times in the same spot.

Graph Paper

A second type of paper for drafting is graph or grid paper. These sheets of paper have a very precise grid printed on the surface. The spacing of the grid lines is clearly listed on each package. Graph paper makes all types of drafting easier. There are already consistent marks on the paper that act like the marks on a scale or ruler. Graph paper allows anyone to quickly layout and measure a drawing. Graph paper can also be used with vellum or tracing paper as a guide placed underneath. The various types of graph paper make it appropriate for any drafting project.

Drafting Film

A final type of drafting paper available today is known as drafting film. Most people call this Mylar. The interesting thing about Mylar is that it has a different texture from other types of paper. The surface allows for very bold and smooth ink lines from a rapidograph or other technical pen. The film itself is very sturdy and has a frosty translucence. It can be used to make drawings, overlays or even transparencies for projection. Mylar is also a very good choice for creating masks or templates since it is so strong.


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