What Is Matt Laminate?

What is matt laminate and how does it apply to book printing?

Written by Lewis McCarthy
Updated over a week ago

Matt lamination is a type of finish that can be applied to the cover of your book to give it a different look. Unlike gloss laminate, which provides sheen or a shine to the book, matt lamination gives it more of a silky, velvety look. 

Matt laminate means your cover will also be less reflective as it tends to absorb the light, especially on darker coloured covers. This is very beneficial as it can dampen the appearance of scratches and scuffs on your cover. However, the book is less protected against spills and stains as the cover doesn’t have the protective layer that gloss laminate provides.

Not only does matt laminate make the book look different, it also makes it feel different too. Its texture helps your hands glide over the cover. 

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