All About Paper for Fake Diplomas, Certificates & Transcripts

The perfect diploma print begins with the perfect paper

Our stockroom is an impressive sight. We carry reams and reams of professional paper for custom diplomas, transcripts, and certificates. This includes a variety of colors, shades, and weights to match up the best paper for each request. Our shelves also includes security paper for transcripts. We even have decorative border paper for particular certificates.

As a custom document print shop, it's important to have the resources and knowledge available at your finger tips, in order to achieve the highest-quality work. Going the extra mile and leaving no stone upturned is what separates Diploma Company from the rest!

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Are all Diploma Sizes the Same?

It's a question that's likely on the mind of students poring over college applications. The answer, however, is less straightforward than it may seem at first. In the United States, there is no standard size for diplomas. Yet, it isn't uncommon to see diplomas that are 8" x 6" (20.32×15.24 cm), 8. 5" x 11" (21.59×27.94 cm), 11" x 14" (27.94×35.56 cm), and 12" x 15". However, some schools use larger or smaller sizes. For example, Harvard uses 9" x 12" diplomas while Stanford uses 10. 5” x 13. 5” diplomas. Ivy League schools generally have larger diplomas than other universities.

When it comes to institutes outside of the states, the numbers can vary even more. What's important to know is that we make note of what size is best for a particular diploma. The designer will research these details, match them to your order, and ensure the best print possible.

What weight should a diploma be?

If you often print out paperwork like contracts or resumes, you'll notice the paper is rather thin. Diplomas are often printed on much thicker paper called parchment. Diploma Company uses heavy-duty paper like this when fulfilling any of it's diploma and certificate requests. This acid-free paper typically has an industry-standard cover weight of 65 (29.484 kg) to 110 pounds (49.9 kg). We make note of what weight is best for what diploma. We access this information during the printing process. For example, most certificates (but not all) are printed 24 pounds lb (10.8862 kg) paper.

What color is diploma paper?

Diplomas and certificates are often printed on off-white or new-white paper. Other documents can often be pewter, aged, or natural. We keep detailed notes on what paper color is best for what diploma. This ensures the proper paper color is accessed before the final printing and any orders quickly ship out from our print shop.

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Security Paper for Transcripts

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Most transcripts or academic records are printed on security paper. This is a special type of paper that features many security features. These include:

  1. The words "VOID" or "COPY" appear when the document is copied or scanned.
  2. Contained delicate security fibers.
  3. Offer #60 weight;like diploma paper.
  4. Glowing fibers.

This is the type of paper a school's registrar's office will use to print records. We stock this paper in our warehouse. It's available in many colors and formats.

This paper is one of the advantages we have in making high quality novelties. Our goal is to create fake transcripts from high schools and colleges that will shock and amaze people. This is not possible unless the best paper is used. When you request a transcript on our site, our staff checks our records, pulls the best security paper option, and gets to work.

Final Thoughts

The reality is, there are a lot of paper styles to pick from. We have notes to support our decision to use one type of paper over another. At the same time, if you don't like the paper we have picked, we will work with you. You can get a sample and question the designer's decision on what supplies to use. They may try to support their decision, but the final decision is ultimately yours. Plus, we fully support our work with our risk-free guarantee. We stand by our work and will address any problems. That's a promise.

We understand that although customers purchase one of our replica diplomas or transcripts for a variety of reasons, we know top-notch quality is most important! That's because whether you want to personally replace a lost or damaged diploma, fool a friend, or boost your confidence, none of that is possible with poor quality prints. We try to stock only the best paper choices required to meet the demands of clients like yourself. This includes parchment and security papers of the proper sizes, weights and color shades. At this present we stock 20+ shades of certificate papers and around 10 to 12 academic transcript papers, with many more capable of being special ordered.

If you have more questions about our paper options or want to verify a type in our inventory, our staff is here M-F 10 am to 5 pm CST. We can be reached by live chat or by giving us a call at 866-687-5403. We look forward to hearing from you.