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Glossy Or Matte? Let The Debate Begin  
User currently offlineChris28_17 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1439 posts, RR: 9
Posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

Okay, im ready to hear some opinions about getting pics developed as glossy or matte... as far as the picture is concerned i prefer matte, but for scanning I've had better luck with glossy. So my question, is my better scanning luck with glossy just a hit and miss thing, or can i confidently get my pictures done in matte finish and still get good results on my scanned bi-product???


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User currently offlineFastGlass From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

A matte finish adds a miniscule layer between the actual image (on the paper) thus degrading sharpness. Others say that glossy paper promotes reflections from the scanning light source. I personally prefer glossy, but I normally don't scan prints so I will let other flatbed experts offer opinions...

User currently offlineJasonm From Australia, joined May 2000, 238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2217 times:

I don't scan prints either anymore but I DID prefer matte for scanning. It just seemed to produce a better image on-screen.

User currently offlineRol From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

Glossy prints are sharper, more brilliant, they seem to be clearer and it doesn't matter anything in scanning them. So there's no reason to use matte prints.
Roland Cartarius

User currently offlineVictech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 546 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

As for my $0.02, I like glossy to scan, matte to look at. I'd do away with glossy altogether, but as for scanning, I'm too cheap to buy a film scanner, and I've been hard pressed to find one for under $1000 that supports both APS and 35mm.

User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5615 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2186 times:
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Glossy for me  

Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland

User currently onlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30401 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (15 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

I have to go with the majority here. Matte for looking at and glossy for scanning. I feel the texture on the matte surface is what is degrading the sharpness of my scans. I blame it partly for some of my scans not comming out as sharp as I would like.

Anyway in the next couple of weeks I hope it is a moot point...I am getting a slide scanner.

User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 843 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (15 years 9 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2139 times:


I believe you can buy a new Nikon Coolscan 3 (LS30) for under $900 (without rebates).

It 's a VERY nice equipment, 2700dpi, ICE (removes dust and scratches, and it works, I have this scanner!).



I seriously think I just creamed my pants without any influence from any outside variables.
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