matte or glossy prints?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by SOLLERBOY, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. SOLLERBOY macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2008
    Hi guys, I'm taking photography A level and I am in the middle of a project that requires me to make a scrapbook of the photo's I take.

    I have been using to print them in the standard 4.5? size ( well the smallest one) I have been printing them in matte rather then glossy. They are all night shots with neon lights etc. Would they look better in glossy??
  2. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    I don't know much about the printer you are using or how important the longevity of these images are but here are just 2 things to consider

    paper base - bright whites vs natural vs warm --> impact bright whites (just know that bright whites are done by chemicals added to the paper)

    Glossy has more impact but has glare and shows fingerprints quicky
    Matte will not have the Dmax levels that Glossy has but appears to be more natural.

    Given that you are doing a more "graphic" topic of lights at night, you might want to go with a low gloss type finish with minimal texture. Your instructor might appreciate it more.

    (this is all very abbreviated but I assume you just wanted a quickie opinion)

    - Phrehdd
  3. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2005

    You'll get details in your shadows. Just don't rub your fingers all over the prints.
  4. liquid stereo macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2005
    Saint Paul
    Fan of Premium Luster

    I print on Epson and their Premium Luster paper is my favorite.


  5. numbersyx macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2006
    Seconded - beautiful mix of glossy and matte. Followed closely by Ilford Smooth Pearl Paper.
  6. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Generally speaking, you'll find glossy paper is best where maximum definition/contrast is required. Matte paper yields a "smoother" result and is good for portraits etc. Semi-matte or luster tend to fall into the "halfway-house" category and this is the type I tend to use the most of.

    Best results are usually obtained by using the brand of paper recommended by the manufacturer of the printer.

    In the final analysis, you are the the only person who can answer your original question! - just try out the different types and you'll soon spot the one you prefer.
  7. stevo8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2007
    yeah luster is great, if they dont offer it I usually get glossy for all my 4x6(unless it will be pressed against glass and then anything 8x10 or larger where it will be in a frame I get matte cause it tend to help show the deatail through the glare if there is any.

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