Matte vs Gloss for photography and graphic design?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sarawr, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. sarawr macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2010
    Which is better for photography and editing as well as graphic design?

    I read the matte is more true colour which is what I would need.

    Any one who is into photography and graphic design, what screen would you suggest? Is it worth it?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    This topic comes up weekly.

    Long story short, it's personal preference. You're going to calibrate your monitor anyways, so it's just a matter of whether you think reflection will be a big deal or not. "Worth" is not a quantitative quality, so I don't know how you expect people to answer that.
  4. g33 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2008
    London, UK
    I went for the anti glare and I dont think I would get another MBP without it. Yes it doesnt look as good as the glossy but at least I can use it without moving my head to awkward angles to see what I'm trying to do on the screen :) Is it worth it? Perhaps, but Apple do charge a lot for not much....
  5. autacraft Guest

    Matte is your friend, trust me, you'll be completely blown away!

    I cant believe Apple even fit their portables with gloss when they have this screen available, its waaaaaaay way superior, point blank!

    Well worth the extra and you'll never ever go back to gloss once youve tried it

    oh, by the way, I'm a graphic designer/photographer!

    Good Luck!
  6. Timur macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2008
    1) Matt is *never* and has *never* been more "true" color, but it resembles printed paper and projected screens better. In fact glossy is more "true" color because it doesn't mess with the lightwaves as much as matt (aka *rough*) displays/surfaces.

    Furthermore the room reflections on matt surfaces resemble random "white noise" more than the explicit reflections on glossy ones. So if you cannot control your enviromental reflections matt may offer less color "pollution" from outside lightsources.

    2) If your target is mostly home-screens (aka mostly glossy displays nowadays) and glossy photo-prints then you better go glossy. If your target is printed media and cinema (or matt photos) then better go matt.

    3) BUT, keep in mind your own working conditions, too. The "matt" finish on Macbooks isn't very matt anyway, in fact it's a very good balance between matt and glossy. The "old" matt finishes of many computer screens of the past is horrible, especially if you are looking at large patches of uniform colors and while moving your head/eyes only slightly (rainbow/twinkling effect).

    Having worked with both I like the matt finish on the Macbooks better, especially because you cannot turn the laptops as bright as the Imacs to compensate for reflections. The main problem of Apple's design is *not* the glossy display, but the glas plate they put on to it. It's this stupid glass that causes most of the reflections while the glossy display underneath works quite well (glossy = it's treated to somewhat handle reflections).
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Bottom line, pick which one you like.

    You're going to hear a very passionate argument for either type. It really boils down to which one you prefer.
  8. deus ex machina macrumors regular

    May 28, 2010
    Some might even argue that a TN screen would not offer the truest colors. What ever you select, consider spending some effort calibrating.
  9. sweetice2007 macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2007
  10. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    Go to the Apple Store or resellers store. Look at the screens and see which you prefer. I do graphics and photography. And since I see things different and prefer my screen to look a certain way... I went to the Apple store, played with Adobe Suites (PS, IL, etc) and any other Graphics and photography software on their computers. And picked the one that fit my needs. :apple:

    Go to the store - open finder - click on Adobe Folder - play

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