gloss or matt?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Troy Piggins, May 23, 2008.

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    Troy Piggins Guest

    I've never printed out one of my photos for display/viewing by
    others. Dumb question - which looks best in your opinion? No
    glass on front of it, just the photo mounted in a frame. I was
    thinking gloss.
    Troy Piggins, May 23, 2008
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    ^Tems^ Guest

    My personal choice is glass, recently i got the same image in gloss
    and matt and ended up giving the matt one away cause i didn't like it.

    If you are looking for low price - high quality images give Hydro (old
    regular here) a go at

    $5 for a 12x18 or if you order 20 they are $2 ea.

    I order 20 and flogged them off to friends for $10 ea.
    ^Tems^, May 23, 2008
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    PixelPix Guest

    I love gloss for it's crispness, but hate it for it collecting dust
    and fingerprints.

    I hate matt... period! Matt often kills an image IMO.

    So I go for in between with a "lustre" which gives a nice semi-shiny
    textured surface. When I artmount I find that it works really well
    with a gloss lacquer.


    PixelPix, May 23, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Thanks for the pointers. I'm not doing a large no - only one of
    each of 3 prints. Not for profit. And shipping costs from Syd
    to Bris will kill it. Might go to old Harvey Norman :)
    Troy Piggins, May 23, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Thanks mate. Gloss it is.
    Troy Piggins, May 23, 2008
  6. your probably more successful than Douglas then :)
    Atheist Chaplain, May 23, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Can't we have just one thread without that name getting dragged
    into it? :(
    Troy Piggins, May 23, 2008
  8. sorry :-(
    Atheist Chaplain, May 23, 2008
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    Doug Jewell Guest

    I normally prefer neither and go for an inbetween finish
    that Fuji call "Lustre". Note that what some labs call matte
    is really lustre anyway (Rabbit and Harvey Norman both call
    it Matte).

    Each finish has it's advantages and disadvantages.
    Gloss is the sharpest of all the papers. Great for punchy
    colours and images with lots of fine detail. The downside of
    gloss is that it shows dust and fingerprints like crazy. If
    you are framing it, you should use a mat so that the print
    doesn't directly touch the glass, or it will look ugly.

    Matte tends to have more subdued colours than gloss, and
    doesn't look as sharp. It doesn't show fingerprints or dust
    as much so it is good for prints that aren't behind glass or
    that will get handled. If behind glass it can touch the
    glass without looking bad too.

    Lustre is kind of half way between gloss and matte. It's
    "punch" is pretty similar to gloss, but like matte it
    doesn't show dust or fingerprints as bad. It isn't as sharp
    as either, but for a large print that usually isn't an issue.

    I find that some of my images work best on different papers.
    As a general rule things with bright, punchy colours will
    probably work best on Gloss or Lustre, while if it has more
    subdued colours or B&W it may work better on Matte. But like
    anything there are exceptions. Some of my B&W's look better
    on gloss than on Matte.

    If you are printing large (about 11x14 or bigger), I
    personally wouldn't bother with Gloss and go with Lustre
    instead, because at the typical viewing distance you won't
    really notice the grain in the paper (more so as the print
    sizes get bigger), but you will notice a fingerprint, dust,
    or the marks when a gloss print sticks to glass.

    My opinions of course - YMMV.
    Doug Jewell, May 23, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Doug - excellent comments and advice. Thanks so much for the
    detailed reply.
    Troy Piggins, May 23, 2008
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    Annika1980 Guest

    Most of your "world-recognized sought-after Professional photographers
    with 25 years of experience" prefer canvas prints. That way you don't
    have to waste money on good cameras or expensive lenses.
    Any old Crapasonic P&S will do.
    Annika1980, May 23, 2008
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    Noons Guest

    Troy Piggins wrote,on my timestamp of 23/05/2008 11:10 AM:
    B&W: matt
    colour: gloss
    Noons, May 24, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Thanks mate.
    Troy Piggins, May 25, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    You just can't help yourself baiting "you know who" in a thread
    that just didn't need it, can you. Really, was that necessary?
    Troy Piggins, May 25, 2008
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    Rob Guest

    Troy Piggins wrote:

    "you know who"

    Is that another alias?
    Rob, May 25, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    You know.
    Troy Piggins, May 25, 2008
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