But for a more traditional look, better handling, and more subtle surface, luster papers are the most popular. Luster inkjet paper has a repeating textured surface.
For the biggest visual impact glossy paper is more popular. Luster photo papers are commonly used for inkjet photo prints that will be framed behind glass or mounted for retail displays. Glossy and Luster are both surfaces of photographic inkjet paper. The industry term for luster is the "E-Surface".
The best selling surface by a factor of two is luster.
Most glossy and luster papers are resin coated RC - also called photobase - media. It produces vivid colours with sharp details, and produces black and white output with rich blacks and smooth tonality. The soft texture feel helps reduce fingerprint marks, which are a common occurrence when prints are held and improves the print longevity as a result.
A lustre finish paper features a luminous shine that falls somewhere between a no-glare matte paper and a highly reflective glossy photo paper.
RC papers look and look and feel like a traditional lab print. Posted on March 1, by Joseph Eitan Luster is one of several photo paper finish options, which resembles pearl in its visual appearance and a photo lab quality satin in its texture. The luster paper contains low levels of glare, but nowhere near the levels of glare that a glossy finish paper has, nor does it contain no glare such as in the case of matte photo paper.