The glossiness is an important indicator of evaluation polishing printed matter. The water-soluble varnish consisting of different content and kinds of promoter is prepared. Then proofs are coating by wire rods. Measuring glossiness of proofs, we analyze the influence of promoter on glossiness of water-soluble varnish. The results show that adding cosolvent, substrate wetting agent, flow agent, wax emulsion and other promoter in water-soluble varnish can improve the glossiness of water-soluble varnish film. When cosolvent ethanol was adding to 3%, the film glossiness achieves about 80 and adding a small amount of wax emulsion, flow agents, the film glossiness can be increased about 10%.