Paper finishes give more definition and character to the paper. For example, a cover stock will already have weight to it but the feel and texture comes from the finish. The name of the finish may be different from supplier to supplier but the feel is what you should be interested in. Your design goes hand in hand with the finish of the paper. For example, if you are designing a card for a construction company, the woodgrain or cordwain may give the right texture for your message. Paper finishes come in a wide array of style, texture and even colors. The tactile capabilities of paper should be considered every time you start a print project.
Browse through the gallery below to get an idea of what these different finishes look like. The images were taken at very close range to give you an insight into what they may feel like. The only true way to bridge that gap though is to come feel for yourself.