Front Project example straight on

front and rear projection

pros and cons of front and rear project projection systems

This is a simple and quick guide to front and rear project screens giving visual examples with pros and cons of the set-up.  We hire screens and projectors, please see our hire section for more information.

Front Projection is simply projecting from the front onto the screen behind. The screen is solid white and the projector light shines onto the surface and the reflection is seen 

Front Project example straight on
front project side on


Simple set-up

screen can go right up against wall 


Presenter can cast shadows in front of the screen 

In brighter environments image can be washed out easily Rear projection screens are translucent like tracing paper and the projected image is absorbed by the screen and shows an illuminated image on the screen. Projector is mounted behind the screen often using a short throw projector or lens to minimise the distance.

rear project screen
rear project screen with drape kit


Screen has little in front of it so audience can sit right up to front.

Presenter doesn’t cast shadow as screen is lit from behind

Image brightness and contrast can be better in lighter spaces than front project


screen needs to be positioned away from wall as projector needs generally 0.8x the width of the screen to the depth for short throw lens

If using a standard lens distance can be as much as 1.2 times the width of screen to depth from wall.

Often a more complicated set-up and alignment of projector.