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Plum Purple Widetone Seamless Background Paper 2.7x11m
Plum Purple Widetone Seamless Background Paper 2.7x11m
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* FAQ Backdrop comparison paper vs vinyl muslin velvet problack
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* FAQ Backdrop comparison paper vs vinyl muslin velvet problack
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We get asked a lot - whats the best backdrop? The answer is always - it depends. Different background materials have different properties. We've prepared a summary.

Paper :
Traditional paper backdrops have many advantages. Savage manufacture the widest range of colours, 68 in total. Paper is ultra smooth so can be gelled (lit with coloured lights for effect) and will still look great. The main downsides are it comes on long rolls and is relatively fragile so must be looked after. Still many photographers favourite.

  • Portrait Smoothness : Excellent
  • Texture for macro : Excellent
  • White : 3 shades, can be blown out or let fade back
  • Black: Smooth, can be gelled easily
  • Transport: roll, needs care
  • Care : not washable

  • Vinyl :
    Vinyl shoots very similarly to paper but is much more durable and is washable. It gels really well and is available in the most popular shades of white, black, green and grey. Its lovely to shoot on but is more costly than paper.

  • Portrait Smoothness : Excellent
  • Texture for macro : Good, some texture visible in extreme closeups
  • White : Smooth, can be blown out or let fade back
  • Black: Smooth, can be gelled easily
  • Transport: roll, tougher than paper
  • Care : washable

  • Muslin :
    Another traditional material, muslin is a fine weave cotton fabric. Muslin is easy to transport and is best scrunched into a bag (random creases are better than huge deep folds). It works well in white and black if well lit but is not as good in plain midtones unless you are happy with the wrinkled look. Mottled muslin is often shot in soft focus to help disguise the wrinkles. All traditional muslin backdrops are a little translucent but this doesn't matter if they are lit correctly.

  • Portrait Smoothness : Wrinkled, editing often needed
  • Texture for macro : Poor, texture will be visible
  • White : Ok if well lit
  • Black: Charcoal colour, needs editing
  • Transport: easy - scrunch into a bag
  • Care : washable

  • Savage Lightproof Muslin :
    This muslin has a heavy rubber type backing making it lightproof. The backing also means a lot less wrinkles than other muslins making it much more pleasant to work with. The Lightproof Muslin can be folded as the folds fade pretty well once the backdrop is hung. The handpainted range of mottled backdrops have a beautiful feel.

  • Portrait Smoothness : Very good
  • Texture for macro : Some texture will be visible
  • White : Ok if well lit
  • Black: n/a
  • Transport: easy - fold into a bag
  • Care : spot washable

  • Poly Velvet :
    A modern material which is especially good in black as it shoots darker than most other materials. Lighter shades can display a little texture but if lit correctly this is minimised for high key and irrelevant for chromakey. The fabric wrinkles less than muslin but it never perfectly smooth like paper or vinyl.

  • Portrait Smoothness : Good, some creasing
  • Texture for macro : poor
  • White : Ok if well lit
  • Black: jet black & smooth
  • Transport: best rolled, may crease a bit if folded
  • Care : spot washable

  • Velvetine :
    Jet black and essentially no texture make this a lovely backdrop to work with. Unfortunately it only comes in one size.

  • Portrait Smoothness : excellent
  • Texture for macro : excellent
  • White : n/a
  • Black: Jet black
  • Transport: roll - 1.30m only
  • Care : not washable, however roll is 6m long

  • Problack :
    This shoots almost as dark as velvetine but is available in much larger sizes and can be scrunched or folded into it bag as it doesn't crease. The ultimate black backdrop for the mobile shooter.

  • Portrait Smoothness : Excellent, doesn't crease
  • Texture for macro : fuzzy
  • White : n/a
  • Black: Very dark
  • Transport: easy - folds into bag, won't crease
  • Care : washable


  • Translum :
    Smooth, translucent white backdrop matt plastic roll similar to frosted glass. Can be backlit or front lit to produce very even results. Unfortunately it only comes in one size.

  • Portrait Smoothness : excellent
  • Texture for macro : excellent
  • White : translucent - back or front light
  • Black: n/a
  • Transport: roll - 1.35m only
  • Care : washable

  • Savage Floordrops:
    Thick, rubber backed material sits dead flat and has a matt digital print on one side, not shiny like most printed materials. Can also be used vertically (eg suspended with Super Clamps). Great for portrait work

  • Portrait Smoothness : excellent
  • Texture for macro : not recommended
  • Digital prints shoot "true to life"
  • Transport: roll, 2 sizes
  • Care : vacuum or spot washable

  • This product was added to our catalog on Friday 09 August, 2013.
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