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Is Matte, Lustre or Glossy Paper Better for Photos?

To have smarter decision which photo paper to use, here are the pros and cons of matte, lustre and glossy photo paper .

Matte Photo Paper

  Properties
Surface Texture Flat and textured.
Light Glare Small to none.
Print Quality

Pictures look softer because the photo paper absorbs more ink. Less vibrant.

Fingerprints, Smudges, Cuffs

Not noticeable.

Commonly Used For

Brochures and handouts.

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Lustre (Semi-Glossy) Photo Paper

  Properties
Surface Texture The middleman between matte photo paper and glossy photo paper.
Light Glare Less than glossy photo paper. Easier to view in different angles.
Print Quality

Greater color saturation than matte photo paper. Ink dries quicker in it than glossy photo paper.

Fingerprints, Smudges, Cuffs

Not noticeable.

Commonly Used For

Professional photography.

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Glossy Photo Paper

  Properties
Surface Texture Shiny and smooth.
Light Glare Reflects light the most, can be difficult to view in certain angles.
Print Quality

Colors appear vibrant with sharp contrast, giving small details high definition that photos can appear realistic.

Fingerprints, Smudges, Cuffs

Most noticeable unless carefully handled well. Cannot be framed beneath the glass as it can stick on it.

Commonly Used For

Outdoor photography such as nature photos and outdoor modelling shots.

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