Matte or Gloss?

7 years 5 months ago #264615 by Fiona
Is Matte finish the new gloss? :P I have a couple prints I'm ordering and on the fence about the finish of the paper. These are B&W portraits I've done. I will be framing both and putting behind glass. Now that I'm typing this I'm leaning towards the matte finish, just to have some texture. What do you think?


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7 years 5 months ago #264622 by internetchick
I've never been a fan of gloss.


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7 years 5 months ago #264625 by Darrell
I use to be a fan of matte finish, until a photographer showed be two pictures side by side, the colour depth with the gloss was amazing. I now use gloss 90% of the time.... B&W could very well look better with matte....

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7 years 5 months ago #264626 by crystal
Is matte finish the new gloss??? Well that is your opinion if that is how you feel. If you want matte, go with matte, if you want gloss go with gloss.

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7 years 5 months ago #264632 by icepics
I've always liked gloss better, especially with my B&W; I think it can enhance the sharpness and depth. But I suppose it's really personal preference.

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7 years 5 months ago #264683 by blinden
For b/w I like a matte surface like Smooth Fine Art or for added wow, Finestra Silver Metallic or Pearl.

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7 years 5 months ago #264706 by Ben Mayer

blinden wrote: For b/w I like a matte surface like Smooth Fine Art or for added wow, Finestra Silver Metallic or Pearl.



:iagree: matte :thumbsup:


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7 years 5 months ago - 7 years 5 months ago #264737 by Henry Peach
I've always preferred semi-matte. Like luster, pearl, type E surface, glossy fiber baryta papers, etc...

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7 years 5 months ago #264751 by Joves
Well to me it really depends on what the subjects are that you are printing as well. I too if I am going towards the duller finish stay with the pearls and luster papers over a straight matte.


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7 years 5 months ago #264888 by NickSano
I don't care for gloss finish to much myself. I'm more into the flat finishes. If you want a gloss look, you can always put the print behind glass.


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7 years 5 months ago #264891 by Darrell
Have to disagree with Nick, not on what he likes ....but a gloss print is not the same as a matte finish behind glass. :beerbang:

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7 years 5 months ago #264894 by Joves
Well glossy does have its place. For example when I was using grainy B&W film, glossy was the paper of choice. The flatter papers took away the edginess of the effect. Then there are subjects you want a hard edge on, and that is where glossy is perfect.


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7 years 5 months ago #264896 by Darrell
:agree:

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7 years 5 months ago #264897 by boriqua latina
yup i agree too with joves answer...


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7 years 5 months ago #264921 by icepics
I discovered ferrotype plates not too long ago and have started using those after I run prints thru the fixer to get a shiny glossy finish (w/traditional photo paper that is). I have been trying out various inkjet papers with different finishes and I agree, it depends on the subject and your style/preference.

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