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Matte Paper?

Postby juggernaut4 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:10 pm

Hi, Guys!

I figured that since you've been to the ISEF many times, you probably know what I'm looking for.. I would like the mounts on my display board to look semi-professional. I think Amber said something about construction paper mounts, the "typical" display board.. and that's what I'm doing. However, I don't want to just print my white sheets on regular printer paper. So, I thought about laminating, but that won't do, since it will reflect stuff. But I found something else called "matte" paper. Apparently, it's photo paper that is NOT glossy.. Do you guys know if this is any good? Or should I just go with the regular printer paper? Thanks!!!


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Postby juggernaut4 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:49 pm

Actually, I just went to Office Depot... And saw materials like vellum or canvas.. So, I suppose I'll change my question to: Do you suggest any kind of material that would be suitable for display board mounts? Materials include, but are not limited to: printer paper, matte,canvas, etc. Thanks again!


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Re: Matte Paper

Postby benjaminpollack » Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:19 pm

At ISEF, students come with all different types of boards. For your method of printing I do suggest the matte paper over normal printing paper or glossy. Glossy tends to not photograph well and the lights in the exhibition hall are really bright so you don't want the judge to not be able to see your board. Also I suggest a spray glue for the backing as normal Elmers glue tends to leave the paper with glue marks and glue sticks cause the paper to peel off eventually. A note of caution with the spray glue: Use the product in a well ventilated area (next to a window or even outside)

Some students go to Kinko's ( or a similar type of store) and have their board professionally printed. The only problem with this method is that it is extremely expensive.

To answer your question, matte paper is a great option. Personally I think it provides a really clean and professional look. I am sure the judges will agree. There is no single right way of making a board. As long as it looks professional and presentable, it will be great.

The following site may also be of some help:

A side note: Make sure your board complies will at ISEF SRC guidlines (e.g. no flags, all photos are cited, etc.)

ISEF's policies are as follows:

Good luck!!!
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Postby tdaly » Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:14 pm

Highly agree with what Ben says. Matte paper is a great option for your board.
All the best,

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Postby Amber_MIT » Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:23 pm

I used matte paper and it worked very well. I agree that glossy is too shiny and harder to see. For more information about boards for ISEF click here:

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Postby juggernaut4 » Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:58 pm

Yay! Thanks guys. (oh, and amber, I have thoroughly procured the display boards site.. in fact all my boards are based off it. It's very helpful!)


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