Saturday, March 5, 2011

Setting the Monitor Color

In my last post, I discussed color management for a computer monitor.
Most of them have the buttons on the monitor itself to adjut the different color channels.
Most of us set what looks best to us - what pleases our eyes.
Some uses prefer a brighter screen, some want it a bit dimmer.
Some like a "warmer" hue, while others prefer a "cooler" one.
But fiddling with the monitor buttons fo the color does absolutely nothing for the color really.
That is all contained in the computer itself, and there are all kinds of color profiles that the computer can be set to use.
Most users don't have any need to be concerned with them - the preset one is just fine.
But for those who need correct color for art, designing, graphics, photos, video, or a host of other reasons, they need to be right on key - so what they are seeing is what the viewer on the other end is seeing too.
I used a device called a Spyder, to calibrate my monitor.
It is attached right to the screen and it uses it's own software to figure out the settings with some interaction from me by adjusting the monitor settings.
It worked well on one monitor - there wasn't much difference in the colors I had been viewing.
The other monitor just wouldn't adjust right - according to my eyes.
All the settings said it was correct - but my eyes couldn't deal with the "too blue" hue that was the final result.
I set that computer color profile to the one I had been using previously, and when I viewed my work on the color corrected monitor it still looked good.
So, not too sure where I stand with this device - I will continue to watch both monitors to see if there is any difference.
At least I know one of them is correct.

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