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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.
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. :)
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. :(
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.)