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How do I select the right print finish for my needs?

Choosing the right print finish is essential in enhancing the appearance and effectiveness of your printed materials. At Print Harbour, we understand that the finish can significantly impact the final product. Here’s a guide to help you select the right print finish for your needs: 

Gloss Finish

A gloss finish is shiny and reflects light, making colours appear more vibrant and images sharper. It’s ideal for marketing materials like brochures and photos where you want to make a visual impact.

Matte Finish

Matte finishes provide a softer, more subdued look. They reduce glare, making text easier to read, and offer a more elegant appearance. This finish is excellent for business cards, reports, and flyers where readability is key.

Satin Finish

Satin, a middle ground between gloss and matte, offers some shine without the glare. It’s a good choice for materials that combine text and images, providing a balanced and professional look.

UV Coating

UV coating adds a protective layer, making materials more durable and water-resistant. It also enhances colour vibrancy. It’s suitable for materials that will be handled frequently, like menus or postcards.


Lamination encases your print in a plastic film, providing durability and water resistance. It’s ideal for outdoor materials or documents that need extra protection.

Spot UV

Spot UV involves applying a gloss coating to specific areas of a print. It creates a contrast of textures and adds a tactile element, making it great for high-end business cards or covers.

Foil Stamping

Foil stamping adds a metallic finish to selected areas of your print. It can create a sense of luxury and is perfect for special occasion invitations or premium business cards.

At Print Harbour, we offer a variety of print finishes to suit different purposes and preferences. Our team can advise you on the best finish to enhance your printed materials and ensure they leave a lasting impression. Contact us to discuss the optimal print finish for your project.