Glossy or Matte screen for photo editing?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by millerrh, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. millerrh macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    Going to be buying a new MacBook Pro shortly and am curious what everyone seems to think of the difference between glossy and matte screens for photo editing. Seems to me, the matte screen would more accurately let you adjust the colors to what would be on print and most other people's monitors. So matte is the direction I am leaning. Any reason to go glossy?
  2. Yakamoto macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2006
    Planet Earth
    You're on the right track, matte is the way to go for PP work.
    Even though I do like the Glossies (Mmmm Glossy):D
    Post some pics when you get it.
  3. Sinsinnati macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2006
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I prefer the color saturation of a glossy monitor although I have no complaints about the matte iMac screen.
  4. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    If you're printing, stay with matte. Otherwise the colors will look totally different on your monitor and on the paper. Learned this the hard way, wasted quite a bit of ink too.
  5. millerrh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    That's exactly what I was thinking would happen. Ideally I want my screen and prints to match exactly so I know what I'm seeing on the screen is what I'll be getting on the print. Worried that the glossy would make things too contrasty and saturated such that when printed out or viewed anywhere else, they might look flat.
  6. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Matte + USB Colour Calibration tool (good one) = image editing bliss.
  7. millerrh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    Yup, I've already got a Pantone Huey. Not the best one out there, but it makes a huge difference already.
  8. tonyeck macrumors 6502


    Sep 3, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    Another vote for matte, especially if you have color calibration tools :)
  9. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    My vote: matte.....easier on your eyes under all lighting conditions, more accurate representation of what will be printed or show on other people's monitors. I've seen matte and glossy side-by-side in the Apple store and I definitely prefer the matte. However, to be fair, trying to assess the glossy in a store is not great because they've got their overhead lights and their spotlights and so on....only when you get the thing home and can view it under your own lighting conditions can you really accurately evaluate the performance. I don't think that the glossy screen works well with the current line of calibration tools, and that is important if you're trying to do a lot of extensive printing and selling of your images.
  10. Xeem macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2005
    It doesn't matter. You'll be fine either way; my dad (who uses Photoshop at least a couple hours a day) had no problems switching to his new Macbook from his Powerbook G4, and he has no problems editing images at work on an Apple Cinema Display, bringing them home and editing it on his Macbook screen, and bringing it back for more editing on the ACD the next day. If you keep all of your displays correctly calibrated, you shouldn't have any problems.

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