We offer the following print finishes: * Glossy * Matte * Lustre * Metallic
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 better.
Matte finish is a highly textured print finish that resists fingerprints and scratches. It is much more dull, and does not reflect light, Many photographers use matte finishes for wallet prints because they usually get handled more than normal. Some also use it for poster-sized prints to reduce glare.
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.
Metallic finish is a high gloss finish with very saturated colors. It appears as though the image is printed on metal (It almost compares to the back side of aluminum foil). Images tend to really "pop" when they are done on metallic paper. However, note that "highs" (bright areas) have a tendency to be "blown out" and over-highlighted on metallic paper.
For all 3 traditional paper finishes - glossy, matte and luster - prints are printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Type II Photo Paper with 50+ years archival quality.
All Metallic prints are printed on Kodak Endura paper.
My personal preference for all sports photos is the Lustre finish and would recommend it exclusively unless you are knowledgeable about the characteristics of the specific finishes.
Custom images that I produce in my home photo lab are printed on Ultra Premium Photo Paper - Lustre by Epson or Galerie Smooth Pearl by Ilford, utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink.
Information from Epson regarding the UltraChrome K3 ink:
"Epson UltraChrome K3 ink has improved print permanence characteristics that provide lightfastness ratings of up to 108 years for color and over 200 years for black and white under rigorous industry accepted display conditions*. Epson UltraChrome K3 ink and Epson Genuine Media perform as a perfectly matched system that provides the industry's best combination of quality output and longevity enabling the display and sales of prints to the most demanding clients.
*Print permanence ratings based on accelerated testing of prints on specialty media, displayed indoors, under glass. Actual print stability will vary according to printer, media, printed image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or lamination or properly store them. Visit www.wilhelm-research.com for the latest information. "