So I don't exactly own the latest or coolest piece of equipment. In fact my monitor is not the best colorbalanced piece out there, but it has suited we well the past year. BUT, when at work or at a friends house I occasionally come across a flatscreen monitor, and take a peek at my portfolio and comics I am saddened how bleak my work appears. But is this true or is it the god dam flatscreens fault.
As I see it, flatscreens have an odd look at darker shades, making black pure black, and then #111111 to appear as the equalent of #555555 on my stationary monitor. Or perhaps my own stationary is the fault, making the darker shades way to dark. But here's the thing. When making a piece to be printed, the final result look much more like the stationary monitor displays it. Infact, every time I have used a flatscreen, I've had to adjust the brightness to make a proper print.
The dilemma comes now; what to use. Because quite frankly, flatscreens and laptops are every mans tool nowadays, so making imagery to be well presented on a flatscreen would be ideal for web publishing. Do I really have to alter between the two to make web contra print publishing? And what to so when the work is supposed to work both on screen and on paper, as in pdfs?
How fortunate the man with none..
Sketchbook - Crits are painful, but love hurts. Pride is but a bitter vice and humility is a virtue.
there is no easy solution.
your work will look different on every computer because there is no color standard for the web.
there is, however, a majority.
you can learn a lot by reading here:
- Dan Dos Santos
The only thing you can do - especially when working for web AND print to get a neutral balanced monitor. This means hardware-calibrated and today there are Flatscreens out there that do the job really well (I love my Eizo CG210N ). The chance to get a good calibratable CRT is declining more and more. Additionally to the monitor you need a calibrator. For amateur purposes I heard the Pantone Huey is doing well, for medium demands I´d recommend the Gretag EyeOne. I don´t think here are any prepress pros that need more expensive ones ...
Your stuff will look on every other non-calibrated monitor different - it doesn´t matter if flatscreen or CRT because there are masses of different things to change the view. This isn´t a problem of the web but of the hardware - RGB is always a standard and in a perfect world e.g. every #111111 should look the same.
The only thing you can do is keep your data neutral that at least you know that the colours are o.k.
Welcome to the wonderful (and highly annoying) world of colour management ...
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