Matte or Glossy?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by FrenzyBanana, Jul 7, 2009.


Matte or Glossy?

  1. Matte

    19 vote(s)
  2. Glossy

    9 vote(s)
  1. FrenzyBanana macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    lets say glare is not an issue
    and i use the color profile adobe RGB

    which screen (matte or glossy) will match the photo print?
  2. thr33face macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    this poll desperately needs a "duh" option.
    your screen and its colour-profile aren't the only variables in this game.

    to get the monitor image matching to the print you need to calibrate one of the two (or maybe both) so they match.

    but i'm not an expert on this, so come hopefully someone else will detail the necessary steps.
  3. secretpact macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007
    I prefer matte computer screens. If your talking about photo prints I think the glossy ones are nice too.
  4. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    If neither of them are calibrated then none of them will.
  5. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    Whoops... I voted before I read. I assumed you were talking about prints, and voted for glossy. With screens, I'd prefer a matte, calibrated option.
  6. FrenzyBanana thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    thanks for the reply people

    do my photo prints will have deeper colors, whiter whites and richer blacks if i use glossy macbook pro and calibrate both mac and printer?
  7. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    based on my experience with a 24" iMac, matte is better. the gloss made everything oversaturated compared to my 20" Cinema.

    printing vs not printing is irrelevant, except for the fact that extreme color accuracy isn't important if you don't print since you don't need to worry about the paper. the most pathetic of monitor screens have more dynamic range than a piece of paper.
  8. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    I have a 17" UMBP (glossy) and a 22 IPS monitor (matte),
    Both monitors after calibration LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME. Colors, saturation, blacks, whites.........except one has my reflection in it.

    As long as you calibrate both screens they should be very close.
  9. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

    Apr 14, 2001
    Sendai, Japan
    The gamut of printers is (when you use a decent glossy/matte screen) always smaller than that of the screen. It's an inherent limitation of printing technology (which you will also have if your monitor has wide gamut and matte finish).

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