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Which is better: matte or glossy prints?

Apr 8, 2023

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A lot of people have a hard time deciding whether to get a glossy print (has a shine/sheen to it) or a print without any kind of gloss or coating (no shine at all). Gloss tends to¬†enhance the colors of a photo; however, it will make the photo more susceptible to fingerprints. Gloss also reflects light, which can make the photo a little harder to view without moving the photo back and forth or moving where you’re standing while viewing it.

For this reason, it’s typically recommended to go with a matte finish if you plan to frame your print.¬†A glossy finish with a glass frame will reflect a lot of light and make the image that much more difficult to view.

For Christmas cards though, or anything unframed I’ll be gifting to someone, I always choose glossy finish for a little extra umph! (Some other examples would include our business cards, my son’s baseball cards, or a loose print as a gift with a letter.)

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