Laminating film can not only protect a printed document, but it can also add an element of texture to your finished project. The three most common varieties of laminating film textures are:
- GLOSS - shiny, reflects light; well-suited for most applications, and can be used with dry-erase markers in some instances
- MATTE - non-reflective; ideal for use in high-light environments and/or to create a "writeable" finish
- SATIN - reflects some light, in-between gloss and matte
Laminating pouches (which are pre-cut sheets of laminating film fused together on one edge) are most frequently found in either clear (glossy) or matte texture. You can select from laminating sheets that have a clear finish on both sides, matte texture on both sides, or one side of each variety.
Standard laminating film and the majority of PRO lamination film is offered with a clear, glossy finish. PRO film is also available with a matte texture. Premium laminating films such as DIGIKote and pressure-sensitive (cold process) films are available in the full range of textures (gloss, matte, and satin).
If you have a favorite texture that you find works best for your projects or would like advice as to which texture is most suitable for you, please share or ask within the comment section.