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    Monitor Color Accuracy

    Over the past year Ive been having some difficulties getting my colors to look right universally over all monitors. I use a 17" MBP to do most of my painting. I will complete a piece, then look at the same piece on a different monitor and now, wow it looks like garbage! Like amateur work with no sense of blending or color and light knowledge. A lot of it looks so washed out, and I end up having to repaint the whole thing on a different monitor.

    Does anyone else get this? What are some solutions? Why does this happen?


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    Try calibrating you monitor, it has given me a few headaches too, but the best little tool that has helped me is this one :

    http://www.photofriday.com/calibrate.php

    Try fidling with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReneOchoNueve View Post
    Try calibrating you monitor, it has given me a few headaches too, but the best little tool that has helped me is this one :

    http://www.photofriday.com/calibrate.php

    Try fidling with it.
    Holy crap my monitor wasn't calibrated well.....thanks for this.

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    yeah wow my mac monitor was so off...thanks so much, even though I have to go back and re paint some pieces, this will end up saving a lot of time in the future.

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    Thanks for that. Four of the whites were indistinguishable on my screen. Now everything looks a bit gray, but my eyes will adjust I guess

    P.S. gosh... I never noticed Facebook had light blue backgrounds where you write your comments... it was pure white for me... my screen was really off
    Last edited by Vari; May 31st, 2011 at 04:42 AM.

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    Hmmm... I really need to do this to my pc at home, but for some reason I cannot find a setting on my work pc that will show the 4 different whites...

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    If you have some spare cash, these little gizmo's are pretty nice: Spyder

    They also take the ambient light in your work space into consideration.
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    Having done so myself, I can highly recommend investing in a nice monitor if you're planning to do a fair amount of digital work. Decent color accuracy is essential and some monitors can only be calibrated so far (but definitely try no matter what).

    I've got a 27" Dell Ultrasharp, and let me tell you... it's a sexy, sexy thing. It also came pre-calibrated for srgb & adobe rgb. It cost me a hefty chunk of change, but I love it.

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    It has been bugging me lately that I need to do this. The two least expensive devices I have found are:

    Pantone HueyPRO
    Spyder3Express

    Both sets of Amazon reviews have some very negative comments saying they had problems using them with two monitors, or with Windows 7 64-bit. I guess I'll take the plunge and purchase one and see how I go.

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    It was only after sending out a couple prelimiar sketches full of gray smudge that i realized my monitor was terribly calibrated, rather embarrasing , it happened again after updating my video drivers, the whites were looking yellow, i very much love that tool.

    I tweak the settings under the nvidia control panel , not trough my monitor butttons , i never get it right that way.

    I bought a new monitor recently after my old one broke, decided to spend some extra dough and get a nicer one, can totally agree with that, it worths it to put up the money.

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    Here's some more advanced (complicated) tools to check your monitor.
    http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/
    of course, you might consider investing in the so called spyder which will do the thing automatically..

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    These are awesome guys, thanks. I've had this same problem and it turns out my monitor was not calibrated as well as I thought.

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    If you're using a Samsung LED/LCD, you might want to download their MagicTune application. It's quite useful for calibrating your Samsung monitor. And it's free!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprogis7 View Post
    yeah wow my mac monitor was so off...
    hmm i always thght Mac monitors didn't need to calibrate.
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    are macs monitors really that good compared to PC? everyone says they are but they seem just the same as everything else :/

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