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Monitor Calibration
My boss is certain that all other computers display colors like hers...
seoArt




msg:3135824
 5:51 pm on Oct 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

We have a small web design firm with a few different artists and about 8 computers in the office.

We recently installed PANTONE'S huey to correct the colors on our monitors so that we are producing sites with accurate color. It seems to work great on the three computers we installed it on, but there's one problem....

Our boss will not convert. She is "positive" that the rest of the world's computers display colors the way hers does, and that the huey has screwed our colors up.

I've explained to her my understanding, which is that the huey calibrates our colors to display accurately, and that ALL monitors are off, some more than others. At least with ours calibrated correctly, we will be somewhere in the middle, with our sites looking the best on the more accurate displays.

I know, of course, that the bottom line is pleasing our clients, and there will be many times that we have to change colors based upon what they are seeing on their computers.

I would like to hear other's experience with this issue, and I will sureley get the boss to check out the thread. Thanks.

 

seoArt




msg:3139967
 4:41 pm on Oct 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

From Boss;

Employee asked to review replies again.

Thanks for your comments; I do feel we are doing the right thing by having many different computers with various settings so that we do not risk sending poor quality (orange) work to a client.

ronburk -- Boss already has a deep understanding that all are different (as mentioned in first email).

to lexipixel -- You did not read my note... We have 8 computers here.. and the 3 with Huey look different than the others. I want it that way. :)

lexipixel




msg:3140078
 6:14 pm on Oct 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

We have 8 computers here.. and the 3 with Huey look different than the others. I want it that way. :)

- seoART's boss

seoART: Boss is happy. End of discussion?

seoArt




msg:3140153
 7:46 pm on Oct 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

Guys, I did exagerate a bit in hopes of getting some good responses, by saying, "My boss is certain that all other computers display colors like hers..."

The reality is that the boss is very reasonable, but the gist of everything I said about our disagreement and confusion on this issue is accurate.

The repsonses to this thread have been extremely informative. As I stated before, I think that I was hoping that the "huey" would be the "magic bullet" that solves our monitor calibration / color issues.

It seems now, that it is more suited for print graphics, and even for print - it's not the "magic bullet." There are many other factors that affect color.

I think the solution is built around what everyone has contributed. Check colors on many different computers including lcd, crt displays, macs, and huey corrected computers, in an attempt to build sites with color that displays as accurately as possible on the different machines.

This is not a perfect science. :(

timster




msg:3140162
 8:00 pm on Oct 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'd suggest factoring the future into your color calculus.

When computer game companies work on a game, they use top-notch hardware to approximate the typical hardware users will be using when their games are released.

If you err on the side of color correctness, improvements in monitor technology will work in your favor.
--
On a side note, regarding oodlum's comments: I don't believe modern Mac web browsers (Safari and FF) don't have the "washed out graphics" issue. The browsers will either mimic Windows gamma, or else let Mac OS X correct it. (The tips about creating web graphics on a Mac are good though.)

[beesbuzz.biz ]

oodlum




msg:3140893
 12:22 pm on Oct 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hey I'd completely missed that development - thanks. All the more reason to set to 2.2, or the graphics created in PS etc. will look different even on your own browser. Actually, I think that used to drive me nuts and I couldn't work out why.

g1smd




msg:3142446
 5:28 pm on Nov 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Did anyone mention yet that no matter what you do to calibrate your equipment, that none of the eyeballs viewing your output have been through any sort of calibration at all?

They are all different too. Heck, even my red perception is different between both of my own two eyes.

jessejump




msg:3142977
 12:56 am on Nov 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Don't people go by the hex number when deciding or communicating colors?

Monitors are unreliable and so are human eyes, but can't people pick a hex color and go with that?

fischermx




msg:3143000
 1:39 am on Nov 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Wait a minute... is the boss a she?
Because women see the colors different.

doug56_53




msg:3143137
 4:13 am on Nov 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

My experience is: if the client's logo has the right colour all the other colours will look ok for him/her as soon as they are well coordinated and balanced.
I never had a monitor well calibrated even having a "spider" at hand all the time. I only calibrate them when a print job involves skin colour. Telling the truth - I only calibrate the left one, leaving the other(s) with the average brightness/contrast for the same reasons all the other replies mentioned.
You are lucky - my boss changes her monitor calibration every time her work is not looking the way she wants;)

Doug

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