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Shiny vs. matt finish: Which printing method is the best?
It is the white papers or plastics of the photo print world: gloss or matt? Although the selection of a finishing may be a question of art, there are still some characteristics that each print can offer that can offer better quality than the other for certain uses. So, which print is right for you in the high gloss vs. matte finishing game?
Brilliant photographs do exactly what their name promises - they outshine the photo and give it a beautiful sheen. Actually, the material of the papers and the lamination behind this photo is the same as a matte picture, except that more of the lamination is used. This additional luster tends to give the picture an ostensible colour enhancement and, well, like anything that gives it some luster, it just looks cute.
What's wrong with the shiny photographic surface is that it produces dazzle. You will see how the photograph itself reflects the daylight, making it difficult to see the same under different illumination conditions. Another of the problems many people have with high-gloss photography is the fact that they are more likely to pull in thumbnails. Finishing a high gloss print makes the print more prone to fingerprinting, which means that photographs with a high degree of manipulation are not perfect for a high gloss print.
High-gloss stills are good for colourful shooting - but only if you don't have anything against dazzling or your thumbprints. However, with less than this last gloss coat, matte printing provides a similar life but without this gloss. Dull stills don't have the same colour enhancement as gloss stills - but if you take and edit the picture right, you can still get plenty of colour from a dull print.
Dull photographs are usually better for less vivid colour patterns or black-and-white images, especially if you are trying to emulate a movie effect. Wherever the shiny surface tends to highlight colour, matt printing tends to reinforce the structure of an illustration. The matte photograph is not as prone to luster and fingersprints without this added luster.
Generally, although not always the case, professionals are inclined to use matt instead of shiny because they are less likely to get dazzled and fingerprints. However, while Matte tends to reproduce the surface structure, this improved surface structure may make the picture look more grainy. The matt surface, preferred by professionals, doesn't dazzle and doesn't leave a print, but the trend to emphasize the surface could also cause undesirable textures such as high ISOs.
The antireflective properties of a matte print often make it a better option for large print frames, while the improved colour can enhance shots with a shiny finishing. Whilst there is no right or wrong response when it comes to selecting your photofinish, there are advantages and disadvantages of every kind that are important to be understood in order to get the most out of your print.