Satin vs. Glossy Photo Prints

Our Satin Matte Prints and Glossy Prints have a few similar characteristics, such as:

  • The colors in your photo remain true

  • The photo paper has a smooth/uniform surface

  • Details are crisp and vivid

  • Photos are printed using the giclee (inkjet) method for a gorgeous continuous tone look

  • Photo prints are fade-resistant for 200+ years

  • They’re printed using proprietary PJ-PRINT™ software, creating sharp prints at a large scale

  • They’re made using eco-friendly, water-based, and non-toxic inks 

When to Print on High Gloss

If you love the look of a shiny, high-gloss finish, a Glossy Poster Print is the way to go. The colours in your photo will pop and get the attention it deserves. Nearly all types of photography look great printed on a glossy surface too; black & white images, landscape photos, high-contrast shots, portraitures, and so on. Glossy prints are eye-catching and have an upscale feel to them.

When NOT to Print Your Photo of Glossy Paper

The disadvantage to a high-gloss finish is that it produces a glare, so it’s not the best choice if you plan to display your photo in areas where there’s a lot of bright light. If your print is going to be handled a lot, glossy probably isn’t for you either, as fingerprints and smudges can show up on the surface. And lastly, Glossy Poster Prints are not recommended for low contrast/subtle gradient images or desaturated/pastel photos. The colours will still be true, but due to the glare a glossy print produces, it’s harder to see the transitions in contrast compared to a matte finish. 

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