Print Book Covers - Glossy vs. Matte

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Re: Print Book Covers - Glossy vs. Matte

Post by AetherPirate » 28 Nov 2015, 22:21

Need an honest cover opinion. Had to make it myself, cannot afford talented help.

http://i.imgur.com/N3A4Rso.jpg

What would you change?

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Post by Mitj4 » 06 Dec 2015, 15:36

Definitely matte, text is easier to read..

-- 06 Dec 2015, 21:43 --

About your cover AetherPirate.. You need to do something with the text,.. I can read the title now, but in a bookstore it is very difficult to notice what it says.. otherwise NICE book title and design :)

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Post by AetherPirate » 06 Dec 2015, 15:55

Thanks for the feedback. I'll see what I can do about the text. My Createspace copy is a lot darker than I thought it would be, need to brighten it up and have more contrast.

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Post by Leigh M Lane » 11 Jul 2016, 14:13

I've recently switched most of my titles to matte. I think the finish definitely depends on the cover art, but I'm really liking the matte.

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Post by MJ Chantel » 26 Aug 2016, 11:51

I would go with the matte for a couple of reasons. One is text and photos print cleaner and have sharper edges. Another is that a matted look will be easier to display and clearly read.

Regardless of which one you choose, make sure you have a high quality print house and use high res images. Also, if you are still on the fence about matte vs glossy, request a proof of the cover done both ways. Proofs are apart of the printing process, so requesting an extra proof of the cover should cost very little if any. Cost will depend on the print house.

I hope that helps some. I worked in corporate marketing, and there are very few cases where a high gloss would be chosen over a matted. But I would definitely go with a proof.

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Post by Leigh M Lane » 26 Aug 2016, 14:46

MJ Chantel wrote:I would go with the matte for a couple of reasons. One is text and photos print cleaner and have sharper edges. Another is that a matted look will be easier to display and clearly read.

Regardless of which one you choose, make sure you have a high quality print house and use high res images. Also, if you are still on the fence about matte vs glossy, request a proof of the cover done both ways. Proofs are apart of the printing process, so requesting an extra proof of the cover should cost very little if any. Cost will depend on the print house.

I hope that helps some. I worked in corporate marketing, and there are very few cases where a high gloss would be chosen over a matted. But I would definitely go with a proof.
Great point. I'm a hybrid author, with some self-published books. I took a chance on my self-pub list a few months ago, switching most of them over to matte covers in place of the glossy. I did buy proofs, which is always a good idea. I did, however, opt to stick with the matte finish.

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Post by MarkWNeville » 29 Sep 2016, 13:09

I went with glossy for my first book because it better reflected the subject of my book, spirit. Glossy feels more spirited and alive to me than matte.

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Post by queeennnkatie » 02 Oct 2016, 10:07

I love matte anything, and it just makes the finish look more sophisticated and non amateur.
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Post by karolinka » 25 Oct 2016, 13:51

I like matte, so I would probably agree with most people here that is is sophisticated. That said, glossy would probably work for some books, like coffee-table editions, for example.
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Post by Lincoln » 21 Mar 2017, 10:29

Matte feels nice, but Glossy looks so much better. For darker colors people generally prefer matte, but I am 100% in the glossy camp!
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Post by Victor Rose » 02 Jun 2017, 20:55

Definitely glossy, makes the artwork pop.

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Post by stoppoppingtheP » 06 Sep 2017, 09:55

I like matte. It looks better and more professional, glossy can be too much sometimes.

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