matte vs non matte screen for photo work

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  1. Check 6 macrumors regular

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    How many use a non matte display such as Imac or LED Apple Cinema Display or Thunderbolt ( I know the Mac Pro has no Thunderbolt card) for Aperture and photoshop instead of a Matte type display similar to the older 30" Apple Cinema display
     
  2. darkcoupon macrumors regular

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    I use both as I do photoshop work in a variety of different places from time to time. At home I still have a 30" cinema but some studios that I go to only have the new Apple displays so I make due. Glossy displays honestly aren't too bad as long as they're not facing a window or a really bright light source, but if you're really annoyed by glare you're better off with matte. I'm personally more worried about color accuracy than glare, though.
     
  3. Loa macrumors 65816

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    Hello,

    Expanding on what darkcoupon said: glossy or matte should never be a concern for photo work. Both will only work well if you organize the lighting, light color and wall reflections in your work space. Control those things and the amount of reflection won't matter.

    Loa
     
  4. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    3rd'd. Manufacturer and panel type is more important. Your environment dictates the rest. If you can control it then get what you prefer. The whole inaccurate color argument for glossy is because of the cheapo stuff they sell at Best Buy. Painting up a pig so to speak. The people who think matte is pro and glossy is not are the same people who thinks Mac's are "better at graphics". Listen not.
     
  5. jablko macrumors member

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    If everything else is equal (color depth, panel type, viewing angles, etc), then the matte display is the better choice for print production.

    However, I'm not sure that holds true for processing content for the web or other on-screen use. Considering that glossy displays have become the norm these days, you might be better off seeing it on a screen closer to that of your audience.

    I know many people with two-monitor set ups go to great lengths to make sure they match exactly, but personally I prefer to have a high-quality matte screen and a mid-range glossy screen set to PC standards so I can see things both accurately and as the rest of the world sees them, depending on the task at hand.
     
  6. Loa macrumors 65816

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    Why?

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  7. derbothaus, Oct 30, 2012
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    Yes. Why? If everything is equal then everything is equal. One is not better than the other. If you print on matte paper maybe the matte would be better. And if output was a glossy photo maybe the glossy would be better. Matte actually hides the true pixels behind a cloak of hazey gunk. Some of it is not an issue like with earlier Cinema Displays, NEC, Eizo, etc. But a matte Dell IPS is a gnarly hazy mess of a matte panel.
    Also the industry is moving all the high quality panels to more gloss and less matte (see AH-IPS) They know how crap the matte can be. So pretty much with anything. Buy quality and you get a good image. Sacrifice or buy based on matte is better because... and you get what you pay for.
     
  8. xav8tor macrumors 6502a

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    Can anyone recommend a good 27 or 30 inch (or SMALLER if there is such a thing) 2550x1440 LCD with multiple inputs that I can use with two or more computers (e.g. a Pro and a Mini or a PC) that has a glossy screen, or a least a matte finish that is barely there?

    I LOVE glossy screens for lots of reasons, mainly the "pop" it gives vids and pix. I've read the Dell U2711 gets great reviews and is found in post studios all over the world. But then, here, and elsewhere, I read people saying it looks like you are looking through fog...or, as you said, a gnarly hazy mess.

    Apple display is not a contender due to the single input and move to TB. Only one of my four current Macs has Thunderbolt. All else is DP or DVI (and HDMI for 1080p stuff). I don't want an MDP ACD and have to go through the hassle of finding a manual switcher that works well.

    I've searched like crazy and come up with nothing viable. Budget up to 1,400 and nothing cheap. Pro quality only.
     
  9. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Look for the new AH-IPS and Samsung PLS stuff. They are using a semi-gloss that is matte enough to lower reflection but not give a gunky cast. So far this Dell is the only IPS 27"er out but more will be shipping I would assume.
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...ltrasharp-u2713-27-ah-ips-monitor-review.html
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2713hm.htm
    Damn, actually this looks real nice. I may even "get a Dell". Super nice pixel response 900:1 calibrated contrast ratio and they got it down to .14cd/m2 black level at 120nits. Can't wait for the new panels to make it into NEC/ Eizo stuff.
    Samsung has one. The Samsung S27A850D but it had manufacturing issues early on and a new unproven PLS tech.
    Samsung has an S27A650D that is A-MVA and semi gloss as well.
     
  10. darkcoupon macrumors regular

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    Never heard of a monitor smaller than 27" with that resolution apart from the rMBP. I just came across this monitor on Amazon. 27" 2560x1440 resolution, and has four video inputs, all of the reviews say it has pretty good picture. Can't find any info on actual picture quality/color accuracy, though.
     
  11. pyzon macrumors regular

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    A wider color gamut is most important for photography therefore the 2711 would be better choice since it offers a wider gamut in adobeRGB which you are most likely processing and printing in, otherwise sRGB is best for screen display.
     
  12. xav8tor macrumors 6502a

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    The Dell looks to be the only thing close available now. I definitely want to avoid the U2711 due to the over the top AG coating. I don't care how good its color gamut is if I have took through a screen door. I haven't had the best luck with Samsung monitors, especially when doing work with text. The rumors about forthcoming large "Retina" screens are exciting for sure. 95% of my work product is screen viewing only, and if it is printed, it's by a client using who knows what for paper/printer.
     

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