In Part 1 of this two-part series I discussed the standard paper options as well as the “upgraded” standard options offered by the various photo companies. In Part 2, I’ll be taking a look at what I’ll call specialty papers which includes photo paper, matte paper and gloss paper.
Matte vs. Glossy Paper
Another option is somewhere in the middle. Photobook America has a paper upgrade called photo lustre paper (currently however, it’s not in stock, so you won’t see it as a option when ordering – it should be in stock later this Fall according to the company.) It’s an interesting paper because it’s not photo paper, but it does have that look.
When would you choose upgraded paper?
When would you not choose upgraded paper?
Becca Bernstein says
Great review. I love lay-flat pages. For me, they turn a great book into a spectacular one. And they last so much longer, which is perfect if you have a lot of little hands around the house! Nice post!
thank you for the review.
great it is very helpful.
Luster / lustre is also a type of photo paper. It is a little unusual, being somewhat like matte in that it doesn’t take fingerprints, but it has a sort of sparkle to it.
I am not actually a fan for most everyday purposes, but do think it could be appropriate for things like wedding photos.
I am new to photo books though, so I can’t speak to whether any are offered in luster photo paper. I would think it would be hard to find!
Actually looking back, I see you do mention that Adorama has a luster photo paper option for lay flat books. My bad!
I’ve been meaning to do another post on more paper options… I hope to get to that soon. Thanks for commenting! 🙂
I am thinking of using glossy brochure paper for a journal that contains a lot of text with many photos, hoping it will be more durable and long-lasting. Any reason not to?
Sure I don’t see why not!
Are there any Canadian sites that print on traditional photo paper?
I don’t know of any sites specific to Canada, but AdoramaPix, MyPhotoCreations, Mpix all print on traditional photo paper.
Talha Zia says
I have compile a pocket book (5 in by 5.5 in). It contains mostly images and very less text. So its a quasi-photobook. What paper would you recommend me?
What about this one (Standard Semi-matte, 80# (118 GSM))?
Not sure which company you’re looking at, but the paper you’re choosing sounds like it will work fine.
Karen Ammons says
My husband had a very old photo album (maybe 60 years old) but it has a lot of character. It holds tiny photo’s 2.5×2″(or less) black and white. It needs new black paper that measures 12×10″. The album is the same size, open design, leather cover, the left side has two holes and a leather strip is fed through the holes and tied in a bow to hold the pages/album together. I ‘m looking for a black matte paper to remount the pictures on.
I think the closest you’ll get is buying 12 x 12 paper from the craft store like Michaels or Joanns and then cutting down to size. I think plain black paper shouldn’t be too hard to find, although the weight of the paper might vary…
I love the glossy paper of MyPubisher but the company is no longer exists. Do you know any other sites using the same type of glossy papers?
Just recently I noticed a glossy paper at Photobook America. Shutterfly also has a glossy paper but I don’t think it’s as glossy as MyPublisher’s. I haven’t tried either personally, but they are listed as glossy papers. I wouldn’t expect it to the be same as MP’s because that was a very specialized paper very different than most, but maybe one of these will be a decent substitute given the circumstances. Hope one of them works for you!