Dead matte papers look great behind glass because you only get one reflection, whereas with glossy papers you'll get two. Glass also increases the apparent dmax and contrast of the print, but you'll lose the charcoal drawing look.
Originally Posted by Richard Jepsen
IMO, its a shame that Ilford doesn't make Galerie in matte any longer, but Multigrade IV is really nice toned in selenium if you like cool blue-black tones, and it does split-tone nicely in sulphide/selenium providing you either sulphide-tone first, or you have a very good eye to catch the subtle change in selenium before it reaches the higher mid-tones. Selenium does 'cool' the sulphide toner though, i don't know why.
Matte MGIV FB also seems more susceptible to damage from poor handling, uneven drying etc; that said, treated properly you probably won't notice any problem - just don't let water pool on the surface as it dries!
Last edited by kevs; 10-11-2012 at 09:22 PM. Click to view previous post history.