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Monitor for photo editing - glossy vs matte screen
In a photo magazine a reader asked which type of monitor is best for photo editing - glossy or matte (flat) screen. The answer was glossy. Do you agree with this answer?..

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I have had this discussion before..

I believe that glossy looks better than matte, as it has more vibrance and depth to it's colours. That doesnt mean it's a bettter monitor though..

The trouble I found with glossy is with reflections. If you have a light source anywhere near you, it's on the screen and VERY annoying. You can also see your own reflection in the screen all the time too, as the light from the screen lights up your face. In perfect conditions glossy is better, but most of us dont have perfect conditions..

I have a matte screen, it's a 28" ViewSonic one. Its facing a window, and I can use it all day long without any problems. If I had a glossy one I would have to use blackout curtains to see anything on the screen..

My advice to people unsure which to buy, is to go into a PC store and look a them all on the shelf. You will see how reflective the glossy ones are. To me, that little extra punch isnt worth only being able to see the screen in perfect conditons..

The most important thing of any screen is to set it up correctly. I use a Pantone Huey calibration tool for mine..

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Comment #1

I was using a Samsung 19" monitor (SyncMaster 931C - matte surface) that I felt had a really nice picture... that is until I started using a new computer that came with a 22" wide screen monitor (Dell) with a glossy surface. My computer is setup in the basement away from any windows. If there would have been a direct light source (ex. windows, light bulbs), reflections would have been a major issue with the glossy surface. I do find that images are a touch brighter and more vivid on the glossy monitor..

Overall, I would have to say that it would simply come down to personal taste (and computer location). Some folks might prefer the matte to glossy. Like previously mentionned in the other post, visit a local computer shop and have a look at the various models on display in order to make a better decision...

Comment #2

The possible problem with reflections on a glossy screen is something I didn't think about. Thanks for pointing it out..

I believe a 22" monitor will be a good size for me. Anyone have specific makes/models to recommend?..

Comment #3

BigBen08 wrote:.

The possible problem with reflections on a glossy screen is somethingI didn't think about. Thanks for pointing it out..

I believe a 22" monitor will be a good size for me. Anyone havespecific makes/models to recommend?.

Just look that it has no TN Panel. TN Panels are the cheap and low quality panels that are usually only 6 bit per color channel instead of 8 bit and so cannot get a true 16.7 million color image (only 2(6+6+6) instead of 2^(8+8+8)). They try to simulate it with rather bad methods like affecting the adjacent pixels or cycle the colors very quickly to achive more but it's just not the real thing (even if they falsly claim to have 16.7 million colors, thats just a marketing trick)..

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TFT_LCD..

Comment #4

Speaking of Huey...does anyone else have problems keeping that thing attached to the matte screen during calibration? I have to use the eraser on the end of a pencil every time, even after cleaning the suction cups and screen. Very annoying. I'm sure it would stick to glass better...

Comment #5

I just hold it into place with my fingers. Its only on for a minute, so not a problem.I think it would stick to a gloss screen better as they are usually glass.I would feel a bit uncomfortable pressing it onto an LCD screen..

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