Whats better for photo editing, matte or glossy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by glocke12, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. glocke12 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2008
    Is one screen better than the other for photo editing?
  2. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    If you are just comparing matt vs glossy and not the resolutions, I would go for matt. Less glare and reflection when you are out in the Sun or in a bright lit environment.
  3. greg400 macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    I disagree. Working with a matte screen in direct sunlight is down right unbearable. You won't be able to read anything. Glossy on the other you will see reflections but at least the screen will be viewable.
  4. GregGebhardt macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2010
    Glossy has some reflections but there is nothing sharper for photo editing. The matte screen is not as good for me and I used them for years.

    The glossy screen has more vibrant colors and is preferred by me for my Photoshop work
  5. sp3ctre macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2008
    Harrogate, UK
    I much prefer the anti-glare for my photoshop work, but if you are indoors it is simply a matter of preference.
  6. Macchino macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2008
    I find the viewing angles on glossy better as well.
  7. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    actually, the real question is what you do with your images.

    1. if they are only going to be viewed on that screen, then either will be fine

    2. If they are for print, then matte is the better option as the greater perceived saturation provided by glossy screens is not transferred. i.e. what you see with glossy isn't actually what you have in print
  8. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    No it's not.

    In direct sunlight, both matte and glossy suck. Matte will just become impossible to see, while glossy will just become a full mirror. You'll not be able to read anything on either.

    Glassy will always have some form of glare or reflections because of the glass Apple shoves on top of the glossy screen.

    Go with matte. No glare to have to angle your display against.
  9. greg400 macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    Right, it will become a mirror but you will still be able to see what you are doing. As someone who has used a matte MacBook Pro for 4 years I can say that working with it outside is just impossible and horrible. Glossy screens, while they do become a mirror, you can still see the screen.
  10. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    No you can't. I've used a glassy uMBP for a year and matte prior to that for years, and matte now.

    In direct sunlight, the glassy screen will become obscured with reflections to the extent that you can't read anything on the screen.

    No laptop screen will be usable in direct sunlight.
  11. greg400 macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    To save myself from a 12 page flame war of both of us going yes you can and no you cant I'll respond with this:

    Either way these people claiming matte is better for sunlight have never actually used one in direct sunlight.
  12. Sn0wball macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2009
    Ok then, what would be best for being outside under a parasol when it's very sunny? Where the ambient surrounding light is still very high, but somewhat diffused by the parasol?

    I tried glossy under a parasol but it was still literally a mirror reflecting everything around/behind me, making for very difficult readability on the screen, even at full brightness/contrast. I wondered how matte would be.
  13. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I'm not claiming it's better! I even said matte will be unreadable. My argument is that so will glossy.

    Using any laptop display: glossy or matte, in direct sunlight, will mean both are unreadable.

    Saying glossy will still be readable in direct sunlight isn't true, the whole display will be obscured. The screen just isn't bright enough to compete with sunlight.
  14. boostmiser macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2010
    Read the dpreview.com photography forums. Every pro there says matte is the way to go. Glossy inflates the contrast and will not match your prints. Plus difficult to use with high ambient lighting.

    I've got a glossy netbook and can't stand the glossy screen. I often sit with a window behind it and it's a real strain even at high brightness levels. I use a matte screen at work and it's perfect under fluorescent lighting...no glare whatsoever. My opinion is matte all the way.
  15. SteveSparks macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    St. Louis, MO.
  16. apw100 macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2010
    Jacksonville, FL
    For photo editing, matte is the only way to go, and I can't believe that anyone would argue otherwise. Unless you have direct sunlight coming from behind you, which would be a stupid place to edit photos, the matte screen will always have superior visibility over the "glossy" screen.
    Also, matte screens tend to be easier to calibrate using color calibration hardware.

    There is a reason why NO professional monitors(Eizo, NEC/Lacie, etc) have a glossy(glass) screen.
  17. Jeremy.Gray macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2009
    Just taking a quick read through here, I haven't noticed anyone saying that glossy is actually a bad option because it makes colors more vibrant.

    When I am doing my photography work, I want my screen to be as representative of final print as it can be, and when my screen is producing higher contrast or more vibrant colors, that becomes difficult. Matte for me, all the way, always.

    But, to each their own. As long as the display you use primarily for photography gets calibrated, I guess it doesn't matter much. Happy buying!
  18. tekmoe macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    I haven't had any issues with my photo work using a 13" MBP with glossy display. I use Aperture 2 mainly but also some Photoshop from time to time. No issues here. I bought a 17" i5 last night with the glossy display as well. I think they are great.
  19. enzojauregui macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2008
    this question has been asked so many times, there are several people who would prefer one over the other with respect to reflections. what you want though is something for photo editing, which i believe is something done better on matte screen. glossy screens tend show colors that pop ,which many would prefer when watching movies and some other things, but not so great with photo editing since colors are not close to reality. this is not to say that matte is great with it though, but comparing the two, matte would be better in this aspect. they at least approximate how they'd look when printed. i'd still prefer doing it with an external display though.
  20. H00513R macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2010
    I prefer matte for my eyes, but for vividness I would go glossy.
  21. Azathoth macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2009
    Both are TN screens, so they are not really suitable for photo editting. Glossy has better contrast, as long as the reflections in anything other than a perfectly dark room don't drive you crazy.

    Both can be calibrated.

    Note that colour critical work *cannot* be done on a TN screen - so don't worry too much about it - just consider if you find the reflections of your hands on the keyboard distracting.
  22. apw100 macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2010
    Jacksonville, FL
    That is true, I'm a little annoyed that Apple won't put 8-bit IPS panels in the MBPs.
    That being said, even a TN panel can be used for everything but color correction. When I am in the field, I mainly need to insure that the exposure is represented correctly before I send the photo off for printing. As long as the TN panel is calibrated for this, it should do the job.
    Luckly I have a pro monitor at home, so I'm good!
  23. rwdebes macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007
    cmon who started the topic.. if you edit/work with images , use photoshop and work with design/edition why bother asking ?? you already know the anti-glare will be best... at least you SHOULD know that working with image edit..
  24. rwdebes macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007

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