Matte and gloss paper are coated sheets that appear smooth.
Gloss (left) appears smoother and shinier than matte (right).
Glossy paper is shinier—this makes the color in your images “pop” on the sheet.
The extra shine works well on print files with heavy color coverage, especially photographs and big graphics.
What is better matte or glossy?
Matte photo finish
With less of that final shiny layer, matte prints offer a similar lifespan, but without that glossy sheen. Where the glossy finish tends to emphasize color, matte prints tend to play up the texture in an image. Without that extra gloss, the matte photo isn’t as susceptible to shine and fingerprints.
What is the difference between gloss and silk paper?
Also a coated paper just like gloss, silk finish is somewhere between a gloss and a matt finish. It has a slight sheen to it, without having that mirror-like shine of a full gloss. Silk can be written on with a ballpoint pen too.
Is glossy or matte photo paper better?
Matte photo prints are also less likely to attract dust and fingerprints and are less likely to get dirty over time. Black and white matte photo prints look better than black and white glossy photo prints. Colors in matte photo prints are less vibrant and less rich than on glossy photo prints.