There are primarily two types of computer printer paper, matted or glossy. Matted paper has a “very bright” outside layer. Glossy paper, on the other hand, has a shiny finish. If you are printing draft copies, quality will not matter too much, so plain copier paper is good enough. However, if you are printing a final draft or color presentations, etc., a thicker coated, matted paper is recommended.
The other characteristics to know are weight, brightness and texture. First, heavier paper should be used for presentations and final drafts. Secondly, the brighter the paper, the better your printed result will be. Thirdly, the type of paper texture you use for laser printers will be different from that of an inkjet printer by nature of how the ink is distributed to the paper. A laser needs a flat paper for sharp results. Inkjet printers will require the use of a rougher surface. This will produce a clear result by clinging to it for a sharper image.