Panstoria Photo Book Review Part 4 or Matte vs. Glossy Photo Book Covers

Glossy (left) and matte (right) photo book covers.

Glossy (left) and matte (right) photo book covers.

The latest photo books I received from Panstoria included samples with glossy and matte covers. The Matte covers look nice and the matte finish certainly cuts down on glare. Unfortunately black turns into a dark gray, reducing the impact of black and white or night photos. Consequently, I recommend glossy covers as the default. Matte works well but only if the photos on the cover do not contain black or other dark colors.

Decision process for cover selection.

Decision process for cover selection.

For Part 3 of this review see Panstoria Photo Book Review Part 3.

About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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4 Responses to Panstoria Photo Book Review Part 4 or Matte vs. Glossy Photo Book Covers

  1. Louanna Wasson says:

    Thanks AGAIN Dr. Mark. You are appreciated!!!

  2. Your research is so helpful Dr. Mark. Love the lengths you go to helping us in our memory preservation. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! 🙂

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