Glossy or Matte? It’s the question you face anytime you print digital images. While ultimately it comes down to personal preference, there are some things to consider regarding each.
Glossy – one reason that glossy prints are so popular is because they show vibrant color well. Digital photos printed on glossy paper tend to appear crisper and sharper, while colors in matte prints tend to be more subdued. If you’re photographing something in nature or anything outdoor, a glossy finish might be the way to go.
Matte – if you’re taking pictures of architecture or monuments where clarity is crucial, then a matte finish will serve you well. Black and white images, more formal shots and larger size pictures, such as 5×7 or 8×10 family portraits are typically produced on matte paper because of their attention to detail.
Are your photos going to be passed around a lot? If so, one advantage of matte photos is their ability to hide fingerprints and dust. This is because they have a slight texture to them. Glossy photos are shiny and tend to pick up smudges quicker. But keep in mind that fingerprints and smudges can be easily wiped away with a photo cloth.
Also, how will your photos be used? If you plan to frame them, one advantage of matte prints is that they are easier to view in all kinds of light. On the other hand, if you plan to use them in a scrapbook, the rich, deep colors of glossy photos may be a better fit.
Clearly, there are pros and cons to each type of photo paper. If you still can’t choose between glossy or matte, why not print off one set of each? Then you can compare them to see which look you prefer. After all, the type of photo finishing you choose will depend on what you like.
Do you prefer the look of glossy or matte photos?
What draws you to one or the other?
How have you used glossy and matte photos differently?