What is the difference between Glossy, Matte, Semi Gloss, Luster, and Satin finish? And what is a Litho Print? Great questions, let's go through this and figure it out together.
Today we'll talk about Glossy versus Matte headshot prints.
Glossy and Matte are probably the paper types you have most likely heard of. Glossy means the print will have a reflective, shiny surface. This looks great and can really enhance the rich tones of an image and make it appear sharper, but the downside is that sometimes there is too much reflection and makes it difficult to see the print clearly without turning the image in odd directions to block the light reflections.
On the other hand, Matte is essentially what everyday computer paper uses. It's flat and not shiny at all, which is great for clarity and being able to see the image clearly. Unfortunately, the downside to this is that sometimes the prints don't come out as sharp or as constrasty because the ink can be absorbed more easily by the paper, which softens the precision of the individual DPI (or Dots Per Inch), which are the little tiny points of ink that the print drops onto the page as it prints.
If you were to choose between these two for printing an actor headshot, opt to use glossy. Sometimes, printing on matte paper can look like you just printed the photos out with a regular printer. But neither of these paper types is ideal, and we will go into more detail on what works best for a headshot print tomorrow.