There are many decisions to make when choosing and ordering your photo birth announcements. Where will you order from? What kind of design? What photo of your baby will you use? But another important decision that should not be overlooked is choosing the type of paper on which to print the ads.
Some Birth Announcement online stores only offer their cards printed on photo paper. Others only offer printed cards. But many online merchants will offer you both options. You need to understand the differences between these options to make the best decision for your personal preferences.
Birth announcements printed on photo paper will be a real photo. This means that the back of the card will be like any other photo you have seen – with the manufacturer’s logo and maybe a printed copyright or other identifying text on the printer.
In terms of image quality, printing on photo paper will represent your image most accurately. This can have positive or negative results. If your image is of good quality, high resolution, well lit and with clear focus, the photo paper will show this quality to the fullest. However, if your image is of poor quality, low resolution, or poorly drawn, the photo paper will also make these imperfections more visible.
If you choose a photo paper option, make sure that the company you choose uses only professional-quality photo paper, such as Kodak Endura professional paper, and prints its cards in a professional lab. The matte finish works best for photo books because they are easier to view and fingerprint resistant.
Printing ads on cardboard will cost a little more than photo paper, but the cardboard will give you a more formal look and a more robust look. An added benefit is that you can often ask to print the back – maybe with additional photos or a message of your choice. Or if you leave the back blank, you can write your own messages.
Most online photo birth control companies that offer print-printed print cards usually offer several options to choose from. Many offer sample packages from their stocks, but usually charge a small fee for their delivery. Understanding the differences between card stocks will help you choose your preference more easily.
Semi glossy – a heavy cardboard box with a smooth finish. This stock is not very glossy, but it has a slight sheen. Depending on the type of pen you use, this stock may be harder to write than matte stocks.
Semi-gloss UV coated – adding a UV layer to the Semi-Gloss material will give it a high gloss (glossy) finish. Most companies will charge a little more for this finish.
Matte linen – a matte material of medium weight, with a light linen texture. This stock can have a very elegant and formal feel, due to the texture of the linen, and is a very popular choice among consumers.
Matte watercolor – a lighter stock with a light pebble texture.
Some stores also offer metallic and Pearl finishes, which give the cardboard a metallic or luminescent finish, respectively. These finishes, although unique, can make some images look distorted when viewed at different angles. These print finishes often look better for landscapes, abstracts or artistic portraits, rather than for photographing a baby’s birth announcement.
When deciding where to order photo birth announcements, make sure you consider all the options offered by the online merchants you are considering. A good understanding of the differences between these options will not only make your decision easier, but will ensure that you are happy with your final printed product.