Printing your photos can turn into a struggle if you don’t know what you’re doing. Colour profiles, size, resolution and file format affect your final image.
It is always better to go to professional print labs to finalise your photos. Especially if you rarely print.
If you do decide to print from home, your printer and photo printing paper becomes crucial.
This article will help you choose the best photo printing paper for your images.
Which Type of Paper Should You Use?
Gloss and Semigloss
Many beginner photographers go for glossy paper. This gives the impression of very rich colours. It’s great if you are only printing snapshots to show your family. The most common types of glossy paper are high gloss, soft gloss, and satin finishes.
They are pretty but come with problems.
The glossy finish creates reflections and a shine that can obscure your image. When considering glossy paper, always think about the lighting conditions your final picture will have.
You should also take into account the type of photo you are printing. If it has black colours and intense shadows, do not go for the glossy finish paper type.
If it is a colourful portrait taken in a studio and features professional makeup, a vivid background and many details, then glossy papers might worth a shot.
If the end result is an exhibition, a glossy paper shouldn’t be your first choice. You will get glare from both the print and the glass.