Uncoated paper webs containing ground wood were pressed between surfaces of various hardnesses, using different combinations of pressure and moisture content. The physical and printing properties of the pressed webs were measured. For a given web, the properties that affect print-through such as opacity, scattering power and bulk were determined by the combination of moisture content and pressure that was used. In addition, roughness was influenced by the hardness of the surface used to press the paper. Some treatments gave results similar to super calendered paper in all respects but for gloss, even though no shear was used during pressing. It was concluded that an optimum degree of compacting existed for paper intended to be printed on both sides.