What is different between Matte, Semi-Glossy and Glossy ?
Photo Matte Paper
A totally flat finish with no sheen or reflective properties
Matte paper has no sheen or finish on the surface and has an extremely low reflection property. They have a lower colour gamut capability although high resolution printing is possible.
Images will appear duller on this paper and will not shine in any way. This paper is mostly used for reports, booklets and presentations.
Photo semi-Glossy Paper
A soft sheen paper which is half way between Gloss and Matt.
Semi finish photo papers provide the full colour capability of the gloss with a wide colour gamut and high resolution.
Viewing images printed on satin paper is made easier by the low glare and light reflection off this paper. Image can be seen clearly from a wider angle and are less affected by strong light conditions when viewing. When displaying images behind glass, semi glossy paper is better suited than gloss.
Photo Glossy Paper
A highly shiny glossy finish which is very reflective
Glossy finish photo papers have a high glare finish. The higher the gloss level of the finish, the higher the glare. Photographic images will be highly colourful and deep with a wide colour gamut but If viewed from and angle in strong light conditions, some of the image will not be visible because of reflection off the surface and the viewing angle might need to be adjusted.