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Blog: Inspiration Between the Lines

What Is a Matte Finish on Photos?

Matte photo prints bring a unique aesthetic to your imagery with muted colors, a smooth texture, and no glare. Matte is one of the most popular choices when printing photography, and a finish that we have perfected here at Shop Duggal.

Matte vs. Glossy Photos

Matte’s anti-reflective characteristics make it visibly different from glossy photo prints. While a glossy finish gives off a gleam that can sometimes impact how a viewer takes in your image, matte is essentially flat in tone and color. This finish is almost tangible, as you can feel the lack of sheen and saturation when running your finger across the print. 

 

When to Choose Matte for Photos

Both matte and glossy prints have their respective advantages and use cases. We recommend going the matte route for:

  • Framed photo prints
  • Images with extensive detail
  • Prints that will be handled frequently (matte shows fewer smudges)
  • Photo books

Additionally, matte can be an interesting choice for black-and-white photos, where turning down the contrast creates a more dramatic tone.

 

Order Matte Photo Prints Online

Eliminate glare and put the emphasis on your imagery with matte photo prints from Shop Duggal. We also offer a Deep Matte option for even more of a mood. Shop now, or compare many different options in one of our sample boxes!

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