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Glossy Photo Paper or Matte Photo Paper, Which One to Choose?
Matte and glossy are two different finishes to the photo paper digital photos are printed on. Using
different chemicals and processes photo paper can have a glossy or a matte finish. Glossy photo paper
looks shiny, reflects light very well and looks vibrant and color rich. Matte finish on the other hand does
not reflect much light. There are pros and cons to choosing either matter or glossy digital photo prints.
Glossy photo prints: Glossy photo prints are shiny and are more appealing to the eye. They look fancy
and convey a high quality feeling. Glossy photo prints have vibrant colors. Colors also look rich and deep
on glossy photo prints. On the downside glossy photo prints "shiny" attribute can be a problem when
photos are viewed using intense light sources such as daylight sun or strong light bulbs. Light reflected
from the photo print can blind the viewer making it hard to see the photo. Glossy paper is also more likely
to attract dust and fingerprints and is thus more likely to get dirty over time.
Matte finish: Matte photo prints do not reflect light and are thus easier to view at almost any light
condition. Matte photo prints are also less likely to attract dust and fingerprints and are less likely to get
dirty over time. Black and white matte photo prints look better than black and white glossy photo prints.
On the downside matte photo prints do not have the fancy high quality look that glossy photo prints have.
So which one to choose matte or glossy? It really depends on your needs and what you are going to do
with the photo prints. As a general rule use glossy photo prints for color prints and matte photo prints for
black and white ones. If the photo prints are going to be touched by many people and used a lot matte is
a better choice unless you do not mind spending time cleaning your glossy photo prints every now and
then. Also if you plan to print large photos (for example to hang on the wall or frame and put on your
desk) matte is a better choice.
As with many other choices a matter or glossy choice is a matter of personal preference. To make an
educated decision you should have experienced both. If you do not have that experience you can choose a
few photos some color and some black and white and print them both on matte and on glossy paper and
in different sizes. Look at the prints and see what you like and what you do not like about them. In the
future you would be able make better choices by applying that experience.