Pepea Studio’s Do’s And Dont’s Of Choosing Between Matte And Glossy Photo Finishes
When it comes to photo printing, the words matte or glossy always come into play. Even here on Pepea, we give all our users the option between these two finishes. Most of the time, the choice is purely artistic but each of these two print types offers different stylistic benefits that should be considered before clicking on that order button. We are here to help you understand which print type best suits your needs.
Matte Photo Finish
Often favoured by professional photographers, matte finishes make up for the lack of shiny lustre by showcasing the textures in prints. They are best used for monochromatic or black and white photographs that capture intimate moments. Matte finishes do not possess the same colour boost as gloss prints. That been said, matte finishes can still be used for images with colour if they are edited properly. Because of its anti-reflective nature, matte finishes are perfect for larger prints. The lack of gloss also makes it harder for matte photos to be affected by glare, shine, or those annoying fingerprint smudges. When printing your matte photos it is important to make sure they are not too grainy as matte finishes tend to play up the “noise” in high ISO images. ISO basically means the sensitivity of your image to light. The lower the ISO, the lower your images are sensitive to light, and the less grainy they will be when printed out. If you took your image with your phone and worried about how it will look when printed, use the zoom in and zoom out tools in our editor to observe how grainy your image is.
Glossy Photo Finish
As the name suggests, glossy finishes give your photos an added layer of shine and are loved for their colour vibrancy advantages. When glossy finished photographs are printed out, they use an extra layer of the same coating used in matte finishes, just more in quantity, This added layer also means they are more at risk of being affected by glare and fingerprint smudges. If your printing out photos that will be handled frequently, for instance in a photo album, a glossy finish might not be the best option, unless you don’t mind the smudges and glare. Also when hanging glossy prints you need to factor in the lighting conditions. Their susceptibility to reflect light and glare means that the images themselves will form reflections and can not be properly viewed in all lighting conditions.
We hope this makes it easier for you when printing out your pictures. Please remember to sign up for our upcoming monthly newsletter to get more tips, information, and deals on all Pepea products.