The paper has a metalic shean. It comes in standard cut sheets but the special does not apply to the sheets. I have bought rolls before and hand slit them and also had the lab I do work at use there automatic sliter. The upside of a roll is that you can cut the paper for your format (in my case I need multiples of 6x6, 6x9 and 4x5). The down side is you have to cut the paper.