(Glossy, Lustre, Metallic)
Photo paper comes in many varieties, but not all photo paper is
First we have the bargain bulk prints available in grocery stores. We
know them as the Glossy prints.The cheapest prints cost 2 to 3 cents
vs brand names like Fuji and Kodak cost 10 cents. Fuji and Kodak
prints are real Silver Halide prints but remember they're not Fuji or
Kodak's high quality lines.
Then we have real archival grade Silver Halide prints known as the
Lustre prints and the Metallic prints. These are Fuji and Kodak's top
of the line prints. These are the only prints that professional
photographers and studios use. These are the same prints used for
all high end wedding albums. These cannot be found in grocery
stores or be printed from a home/office printer.
Lastly we have magazine paper. Magazine printing, also known as
press printing, is still the most common way to print photo books by
most vendors. Many of these vendors will tout thicker paper weights
or "8 color HD" printing but don't be fooled as these are just fancy
marketing terms that don't improve print quality.