The main difference between the two finishes is the shininess of the photo. The paper used for each finish is different and they, therefore, feel different to the touch. When choosing which finish to use, consider the following effects of both options:
This finish is available for orders purchased with in-store pickup or home-delivery. The paper feels smooth and the shiny aspect enables pictures to appear sharper and for their colors to seem deeper and more saturated. Glossy prints are great for digital photo printing, especially for vivid, colorful images!
Matte prints are only available for shipped orders. The photo paper, often associated with professional photographers, does not have the luminous, shiny look of glossy prints. This allows colors to appear more subdued and for the texture of an image to be more noticeable. Matte photos are stunning for detailed photos, portraits, and black-and-white prints. As this paper does not give off a glare, they are great for photo albums and have the advantage of being less prone to finger smudges!