Understanding Gloss Paper

Gloss paper, often referred to as glossy paper, is a popular choice for those needing quality prints with vibrant colors. Its unique finish makes it perfect for photo paper, flyers, and many other printing needs.

Understanding Gloss Paper

There are many brands of Gloss Paper

Anthem Plus Paper Logo
Billerud Blazer Digital Paper Logo
Kallima Paper Logo
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Sappi Flo Paper Logo
Sappi LusterCote
Sappi Spectro Paper Logo
Westrock Tango Paper Logo
Westrock PrintKote Paper Logo

Writing on Gloss Paper

Can you use a ballpoint pen on gloss paper? Yes, you can. However, the glossy surface might make it a bit slippery for some pens. Gel pens or markers might not work as well as a ballpoint pen on this shiny surface. It's good to test your pen on a sample first.
a person writing on gloss paper

Ink Absorption on Gloss Paper

When it comes to printing, gloss paper is a star. It absorbs less ink than other papers, meaning your images and text stay sharp and clear. This reduced ink absorption keeps your colors true and vibrant, ideal for flyer paper or photo prints.
Understanding Gloss Paper

Gloss Paper Weights Explained

Gloss paper comes in various weights. You might have heard terms like cover weight or text weight. Cover weight is thicker, great for covers of brochures or booklets. Text weight is lighter, used for the inside pages of a booklet or a flyer. Choosing the right weight is crucial for your project's success.
Man measuring thickness of the paper sheet with micrometer at the printing plant

Challenges with Gloss Paper

While gloss paper has many benefits, there are a few things to keep in mind. Cover weight gloss paper can crack if not scored properly. Scoring is a process that helps prevent this by creating a guideline for the paper to fold along. Be aware of smudging too, as gloss paper can show fingerprints more easily than matte papers.
Understanding Gloss Paper

The Benefits of Gloss Paper

Benefits of Gloss Paper

Despite some challenges, gloss paper offers significant advantages that make it a popular choice for a wide range of printing projects:

  • Unmatched Vibrancy: The glossy finish of this paper type enhances the vibrancy of colors, making it ideal for photographs, marketing materials, and any print that needs to make a visual impact.
  • Economical Quality: Gloss paper provides a high-quality look and feel, often at a more budget-friendly price point compared to other high-end paper types. This makes it a cost-effective solution for both large and small-scale print projects.
  • Versatility: From flyers and brochures to photo books and business cards, gloss paper's versatility makes it suitable for a diverse range of applications. Its ability to handle various weights and finishes allows it to meet numerous project requirements.
Color patch bars on offset print sheet and magnification loupe

Detailed Gloss Paper Specifications

Click on the logos below for general information or click on the detailed spec sheets and technical information about the gloss paper varieties we stock. Perfect for those in need of specific production details.


Gloss paper is an excellent choice for a wide range of printing projects. It offers vibrancy, clarity, and a professional finish that can make your work stand out. With proper handling and understanding of its characteristics, gloss paper can elevate your printing projects to new heights.
Understanding Gloss Paper