Matte / Anti-Glare Screen Solutions and Type Design

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Wade Jenson's picture
Joined: 18 Jan 2007 - 5:25am
Matte / Anti-Glare Screen Solutions and Type Design

Hello all,

I recently purchased a Macbook Pro and went for the antiglare screen – unfortunately it only comes in high resolution (not Retina) and there was no way to scale up the UI elements without compromise of quality... I exchanged it for normal glossy screen.

I'm looking for solutions to decrease glare and have read some reviews of various options; however I'm concerned about the loss of quality (blurriness, prismatic effect) with respect to doing type design.

What are your experiences? Does a anti-glare film decrease the quality enough introduce problems – i.e. for proofing text and so on.


Mark Simonson's picture
Joined: 3 Dec 2001 - 11:00am

The glossy screen will give you a sharper image than a matte screen. It’s a trade off. The best you can do is minimize the glare by controlling the lighting in your environment and the screen’s position in relation to the lighting.

James Michaels's picture
Joined: 6 Mar 2010 - 12:54am

I have a 15" MacBook Pro with the optional antiglare screen and love it. The resolution makes UI elements smaller but for me it hasn't been a problem, but I suppose that can vary depending on the application you're using. But most folks these days seem to want a glossy screen as it has deeper blacks and other advantages.

As Mark says, controlling lighting and position can help. Also I've seen some folks buy (or make) a black screen hood to block overhead lights and side lights.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

A laptop often gets used in environments with lighting outside your control, so to me a glossy screen is bad news. I have no personal long-term experience with anti-glare add-ons - that could be a good solution. The 17.3" Dell Precision I've been looking at getting has a 1920×1080 matte display, and it's great.

Most people want a glossy screen for the same reason they want a 16:9 aspect-ratio: they watch movies. Type design is sort of diametrically opposed to watching movies. :-)