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The term 'photographic print' generally refers to a print produced from a wet lab, through a dye-sublimation printer, or from a photo quality inkjet printer. In some cases, the term 'photographic print' is reserved exclusively for prints produced on normal photographic paper, thus excluding inkjet prints. Generally speaking, a laser print or print from a commercial offset litho process is not considered to be a photographic print.

Although a wide variety of types of photographic paper are in use, the principal distinction is between matte and gloss. Gloss paper is generally considered to provide sharper prints, but matte is more resistant to finger marks, and suffers less from unwanted reflections, which may be a key issue in display.

Among specialist papers, printing on canvas has particular advantages for a large print from an image which is too low resolution for the viewing distance. Canvas creates the illusion of more resolution, because it introduces its own texture.

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