Synthetic papers are specially treated plastic films designed to be used by most printing processes. These plastic-type papers are especially useful where moisture and/or contamination would damage traditional paper, and are finding increasing use in labels, tags, maps, menus, posters, manuals, books, covers, ID and other cards, etc.

Synthetic paper are typically manufactured using synthetic resin derived from petroleum as its primary material. Naturally, this has given it characteristics similar to those of plastic film, but its appearance is remarkably similar to that of regular paper made from wood pulp. In addition, many synthetic papers have properties similar to those of regular paper.