Username Post: Matte or Glossy??        (Topic#1571037)
Vintageivy
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I'm curious which finish most scrapbookers prefer. When you get pictures printed do you prefer a matte finish or glossy finish?


 
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In response to Vintageivy

Matte, I don't like glossy. They tend to stick together and show finger prints more than matte.


 
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I PREFER a matte finish. That being said, when I am too impatient to wait for an order of printed photos from Walgreen's, I will print them in glossy just so I don't have to wait for matte ones to come in the mail!


 
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I prefer matte. glossy smudges too much for my taste.


 
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I like glossy. I just prefer the way it looks, I guess. Once the pic is behind the page protector, it's not getting smudged. I have a cloth to wipe off any smudges that happen before the protector goes on.


 
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Definitely matte ... the "glare" on the glossy pics is just too much for me. The only time I've printed in glossy is for ultrasound picture.


 
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  • MoniL on 02-24-12 01:03 PM
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prefer matte because i touch my photos too much while working on a page and with glossy they end up all full of fingerprints. the walmart one hour photos are matte and that's what i usually do for printing when i'm in a rush.


 
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  • afilatreau Said:
I PREFER a matte finish. That being said, when I am too impatient to wait for an order of printed photos from Walgreen's, I will print them in glossy just so I don't have to wait for matte ones to come in the mail!


I prefer matte and also print at Walgreen's. However, if your pictures are of a certain dimension, they'll offer you the "TrueDigital" option, which gives you pictures slightly smaller than 4x6 (they're about 4" x 5.3"), with a matte finish. It's the only way to get a matte finish in-store (in fact, you CANNOT get this type as glossy in-store), and the picture dimensions it requires are, conveniently, the dimensions my camera turns pictures out in anyway.


 
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another matte here .....just dont like the glare from glossy


 
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I love matte, especially since I can get the instantly printed at archivers


 
prittb
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A matte person here too.


 
timon
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  • timon on 02-24-12 02:46 PM
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matte here


 
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I used to prefer glossy, but now I prefer matte. Not sure why.


 
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Since I print most of my photos on my Epson Stylus Photo Printer and use the Claria HD Ink, I use the Epson Glossy paper. They come out super clear and durable. If I print on other paper, I don't get good glossy or matte pics.


 
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glossy if I am using my home printer, matte if I am ordering prints.


 
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I prefer matte.


 
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I also prefer the matte finish, but have been known to print glossy ones from my home printer.


 
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In response to SandraB.

Matte!


 
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I used to prefer matte, but now I do glossy. I print many of mine at home, but even for pro-prints I like the sharp detail of glossy. I wipe them down good before putting in the page protector, then they should stay smudge-free.


 
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In response to Vintageivy

Definitely Matte Finish.


 
Henri Jean
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Like the sharpness of glossy - I have a cloth that gets off every fingerprint and smudge so that isn't a problem. Takes a second.

Actually its a buffing cloth for polishing shoes. Also have some for polishing glasses and they remove the fingerprints instantly.


 
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I prefer matte, but I'm not that picky.


 
iuplori
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I prefer matte too...I get mine done at Ritzpix and they are the sharpest looking matte printer around.


 
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I prefer glossy. For some reason the colors seem brighter. But for old family pictures I use the matte, because it matches the older style more.


 
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Matte here!


 
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  • DD3 on 02-25-12 11:46 AM
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I print all my pics in Luster. It is inbetween a glossy and a matte.


 
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I like the look of matte pics, but I don't like waiting for them. The in store pics only seem to be glossy so that's what I get.

I'm also not that picky



 
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  • madmatter Said:
I like the look of matte pics, but I don't like waiting for them. The in store pics only seem to be glossy so that's what I get.




I prefer matte and print at Walgreen's, where if your pictures are of a certain dimension and you're ordering online, they'll offer you the "True Digital" option, which gives you pictures slightly smaller than 4x6 (they're about 4" x 5.3"), with a matte finish. It's the only way to get a matte finish in-store (in fact, you CANNOT get this type as glossy in-store), and the picture dimensions it requires are, conveniently, the dimensions my camera turns pictures out in anyway.


 
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I like the luster for portrait-type prints. I order them, but I keep thinking about ordering the luster paper to print at home...but it's expensive*. It's cheaper to have someone else print them in luster, but I like doing my own sizing, shapes, etc. I have matte paper, but I don't care for it as much. For scenery, especially, I like the sharpness of glossy.

*I know...printing at home costs more anyway, but luster paper was higher priced than other photo paper the last time I checked it out. I know I'm not saving money to print at home, but I like to make the pics turn out the way I want them instead of the way someone else wants them to be. I do use snapfish sometimes.


Edited by mrsdriver5 on 02-25-12 03:35 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I love glossy!


 
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Luster if it is available, otherwise matte


 
anda11
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I have chosen glossy for 10 yrs.


 
Chlo
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  • Chlo on 02-27-12 02:00 PM
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I used to always print glossy, but now I print matte. I didn't switch for any particular reason, just time to change it around a bit I guess!


 
*jesse*
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Definitely matte. The only time I get glossy prints is when I order a photo on the metallic paper at Mpix. That paper is amazing!


 
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Definately Matte. Less fingerprints!


 
LeeLo
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  • LeeLo on 02-28-12 09:39 PM
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I've always ordered matte when given the option...I guess it's just what my mom always ordered so I did too. I do like the look of glossy though...the picture seems more sharp to me.

Now it just depends on where I'm ordering, what's available, etc.


 
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In response to LeeLo

Matte.


 
yelppuppy
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I prefer lustre, which is between matte and glossy. It's not as flat as matte. It has a slight sheen on grainy surface. Some brands are grainier than others, and I like both fine or chunky grains.

I use glossy sometimes because when I order Canon inks, they come with 50 4x6 glossy photo papers.


 
Bug4115
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i think it depends on project. i feel it looks more professional with gloss but more fun and handmade with matte.


 
trem1997
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Matte all the way, never been the one for glossy.


 
scrappnmom2il
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In response to trem1997

I honestly never thought about it. But looking through my albums, the glossy wins. I have a few matte finishes, but glossy rules. No reason, that's just how it is.


 
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