Matte vs Glossy Stickers | Differences and Recommendations

Matte vs Glossy Stickers | Differences and Recommendations

Jason Jason
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At CustomStickers we use high-quality laminate to finish all of our stickers. When choosing your sticker options, one of the key decisions is whether to go with a glossy or a matte laminate finish. 

When creating your own custom stickers, you have the choice to apply a matte or glossy finish to the stickers. 

Matte and gloss laminate diffuse light differently. Your choice comes down to personal preference. Here we will explain some of the differences so you can decide for yourself.

But first, here is an example of stickers laminated with a glossy finish:

And here is an example of stickers laminated with a matte finish:

Popularity

Our matte stickers are a bit more popular than our glossy stickers. The split is about 60/40 in favor of matte. 

Color

The colors on glossy stickers can look more vibrant and tend to appear more saturated. This is due to more light coming through the laminate. 

The color contrast is also more pronounced on glossy stickers. Gloss may be the better choice if you want your sticker to look fun or energetic.

Glare

Gloss stickers reflect light, creating a bit of a glare effect. The light reflects back, especially when light is shined directly onto your sticker.

On the other hand, matte stickers softly diffuse light. This makes a matte finish better if your stickers have text that needs to be readable from all angles and in various lighting conditions or if you are making photo stickers or other stickers with a lot of detail. 

Durability

The durability is the same whether you choose a glossy or matte laminated sticker. Both versions use the same high-quality vinyl, and the laminate protects the ink from sun and weather. 

In either case, your stickers will last for years, even outdoors. 

Our Recommendation

The bottom line is that when picking matte vs glossy stickers, it really comes down to preference. 

If you want your stickers to look professional, matte is often preferred. For example, matte is usually our recommendation for wedding stickers, wall decals, or business stickers

On the other hand, gloss is a great choice when you want to draw attention. Glossy is a great choice for car bumper stickers, or when you want to promote a band. It also looks fantastic on colorful artwork. 

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