matte vs. glossy for framing a print?

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by jimmy_e, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. Hi all,

    I'm thinking of framing this B&W print below, 52" x 10", but am
    undecided whether to go with the glossy or matte finish. Any

  3. I couldn't get your links to work. I prefer glossy for the higher Dmax but I think behind glass it is tough to see the difference between the two.

    Hope this helps.
  4. Quite a link you've got there. Try instead.
    I don't know if it makes a huge difference for that print. It depends on how they make it.
  5. I think glossy looks a little sharper, but it depends on what you're going for. If the print is more nostalgic, it may not matter so much.
  6. Mentally, I equate glossy with snapshots and matte with a more professional quality.

    Go with matte.
  7. I think Ansel and Edward just turned over in their graves.

    When I think of matte I think of senior portraits. Unless you did Plat./Pall. printing the majority of all great printers used glossy. It wasn't until people started using inkjets that were unable to produce archival prints on glossy paper. That has changed and many previous matte users are now going back to glossy/satin.
  8. Glossy prints are slightly more vibrant than matte, but behind glass, they produce more reflections. Under these circumstances, one may consider matte preferable.
  9. Unless you plan on wearing cotton gloves when framing the print, I'd go with matt. Matt doesn't show cleaning scratches readily either.
  10. For color prints, I find luster/semi-gloss/gloss papers have wider color gamuts and finer shadow details than matte paper. Not sure how they compare in b/w prints.

    For matting and framing Super B size prints (13"x19"), I prefer matte paper over the others. Free floating matte papers appear to be perfectly flat, while the other papers would have ripples when viewed at an angle. The only way to rid the ripples is to dry mount the prints. There is at least one product on the market for that purpose.

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