Greeco Venture

gloss VS lustre


We offer the following print finishes * Glossy * Lustre *

GLOSSY finish is the shiny, rich-looking paper, most people are traditionally used to. It tends to show fine detail better, but also shows fingerprints.

MATTE finish is a highly textured print finish that resists fingerprints and scratches. It is more dull and does not reflect light.

LUSTRE finish is not as shiny as glossy, but not as flat (dull) as matte finish paper. Lustre paper has a textured finish (some call it "pebbled") that hides fingerprints. Most portraits and wedding photos are typically printed on Lustre finish paper.

For all 3 traditional paper finishes - glossy, matte and lustre - prints are printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Photo Paper with 50+ years archival quality.

Gloss VS Lustre Photograph Finishes:

When printing photographs there are two different finishes you can choose, lustre or gloss. During the printing process, different chemicals and photographic papers can be used to create the two contrasting finishes. Gloss prints have a shiny finish while lustre ones have a more subtle neutral one.

So which one should you choose? There is no right or wrong choice. Each style has its own benefits and disadvantages, and only you can decide which is best for you and your photographs. Listed below are the pros and cons of both lustre and gloss prints.

Paper Type

Have a shiny finish.

Colours are rich and deep.

Colours are also vibrant.

Prints are more appealing to the eye.

Glossy finish does not produce a textured look when scanned and converted to digital.

Fingerprints and smudges are not as visible.

Less likely to attract dust.

Glare is significantly reduced, so they are easier to view in almost any light condition.


They are highly susceptible tofingerprints, smudges. To removefingerprints and smudges, you need to use a photo cloth and/or a liquid solution. Rubbing a photo, no matter how soft the cloth is, can produce scratches.

Dust is easily attracted.

Prints produce a glare, making them difficult to see from certain angles. When viewed using intense light sources such as daylight sun or strong light bulbs, light reflected from the print can blind the viewer making it hard to see the photograph.

The texture of matte finish can make a photo look grainy (they do not have the fancy high quality look that gloss prints have).

Colours are usually less vibrant.

Colours are less rich.

The texture of a matte-finish print may produce a pattern or visible texture when the photo is scanned or converted to digital.

Although there are no strict rules, some standards have developed. These are listed below:

The general consensus is that black and white prints look better with a lustre finish.

Large prints that will be framed and hung for display are generally printed with a lustre finish (as glare is reduced). For this reason, most professional prints are printed on lustre paper.

If the print will be handled a lot, lustre is the best choice (unless you do not mind spending time cleaning your gloss prints every now and then).

Gloss finish is a good choice when printing everyday snapshots or photos with rich vibrant colors.

Now that you know the differences between the two finishes, you should be able to make amore educated decision. Remember that it is a matter of personal preference. Choose the finish that appeals to you and suits the photograph. Greeco Venture wouldn't dream of forcing the choice on a customer. Greeco Venture prefer to give you the option and let you decide.