You probably have a load of asks right now but I'm curious!! Do you calibrate your monitor(s)? Do you have more than one monitor? And if you do calibrate them what do you do that with? I'm curious because I've recently gotten a new monitor and even with the aid of several guides online (as i can't afford a colorimeter atm, im a Poor College Student) I haven't been able to get the color accurate...
No worries about the asks—- I’m just going to sit here and answer them all at once.
Color calibration is a bitch. People at my school will tell you I’m the print center nazi. I’m picky about it— I hate how monitors are calibrated. I can’t stand any of it. Because there is no right way to calibrate a monitor for art. Thats why working digitally blows.
There is no sure fire way to get stuff 100% right, but there are things you can do to make your stuff look better on whatever type of screen you work on.
Here’s some things I do to keep myself sane: -Keep several monitors at home. If you have doubts—- plug another one in and see how your stuff looks.
-If you are a mac user, chances are your colors will be too bright on a PC. If you are a PC use, chances are your colors will look more vivid on a Mac. I find that if my stuff looks good on a Mac monitor— it will look good on any monitor. I USE A PC. But I will ALWAYS find a mac monitor to double check my colors.
-If you have a monitor you are calibrating for a home printer—- Print out an image. Then, take the print, hold it up to your monitor, and adjust your settings on the monitor until they match the print. Boom. Calibrated.
Tricks of the trade that will make your work look good on any monitor:
-When you start a new file in photoshop (or any other related media, if the option is available) hit the ‘advanced’ button. Then, choose “Do Not Color Manage this Document.” Sometimes, certain programs will allow your computer to read files differently— I learned this the hard way. If you tell the program not to ‘color manage’ your document, then all systems should be able to read the information just fine. Sometimes there might be problems printing on SUPER HIGH QUALITY Epson printers—- but if you’re printing on something like that, you should get test prints first ANYHOW.
-When you save a file to be put on the web, drop down to “save file for web and devices.” This will save the file in web colors only—- so it won’t look strange to anyone, anywhere in the world!
Sadly, monitor calibration is a bitch. No two monitors are the same— literally, I walk into a room with 20 computers almost every day, they are all the EXACT same comps, yet—- they all display colors differently.
You’ll get used to dealing with your new monitor, just make sure to check your work on several different computers until you become familiar with your monitor’s personal ticks.
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