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Old 02-16-2005, 05:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I do most of my editing on a IBM thinkpad and I just don't seem to be getting the colors right. They look great on the GretagMacbeth EyeOne color managed LCD but when I view them from another computer either I'm way to red or the photo is rather flat. I try to use a grey scale calibration photo (from GG) to set the angle of the LCD screen where it should be but I guess that's not working.

Any ideas on how to set the right angle consistantly or edit consistantly on an LCD monitor? I assume the larger desktop versions have the same issues.

Also my Trinitron 19" desktop monitor is almost 5 years old and has lost fine details and some colors seem faded. I think it's just too old. I haven't shopped around for monitors yet. I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for a good desktop monitor.

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Re: LCD Monitor calibration and Monitor selection
Old 02-16-2005, 05:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This will do for a new CRT. They also have calibrating tools, but a Spyder might be less expensive.

http://www.lacie.com/products/range.htm?id=10041
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I use a Spyder to calibrate. I used to use an LCD but even though the Spyder can calibrate one I was never happy working on an LCD and it was a 17" Sony. So I went back to a CRT, I use a Samsung. I calibrate it to my Epson 2200 printer.

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Old 02-16-2005, 06:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The words color management and LCD do not go together. LCD's rely on a back-light. This thin device is not and can not ever be controlled. I work with two highend 19" LCD's and a 20" CRT. I have had nothing but nightmares with the LCD's.

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Old 02-16-2005, 10:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have the Spyder Pro 2. How do you calibrate it to your printer? I have an Epson R300.

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a laCie 19" beside an older Dell 19" the laCie is a kicka$$ Monitor that I would recomend to anyone. At Home I have an LCD beside a fairly new ViewsonicP95f I calibarate both home and the studio with an older Spyder. I prefer the laCie but I'm not sure I like it $100 more than the Viewsonic. What ever you get be sure and get the higher end Pro monitors that use the aperture grill rather than the shadow Mask.
Also when buying a calibrator be aware of the problems outlined in this article:
http://www.shootsmarter.com/infocenter/wc026a.htm
we have the CV Spyder and it ain't the best.
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When I say I calibrate to the printer it means just that. Not being sassy but I have found that what works for my printer does not make the best image for online. I spent time judging which temperature presentation and contrast calibration created a print that I liked. I would hold the print next to the screen and when I got what I liked it was easy to go to the same setting from that point on. However if I want to post the image I normally drive contrast up 10 and brightness down 10 and sometimes Saturation up 8.

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Andre,

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check out the LaCie monitors. I already own a GretagMacBeth EyeOne for calibration.

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Old 02-17-2005, 11:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Mike,

Thanks for the advice. From both here on GG and form others most have problems with LCD monitors. I only have one friend who is a video/graphics art professional and he recomends flat screens.

I know the early LCDs had lots of problems in using them for photo and video editing. I wonder if the technology has now progressed to such a point that they are getting close to CRTs?

Regardless it doesn't help with my IBM notebook LCD which I can't seem to get right. I still think it may have something to do with the angle of the monitor but how does one consistantly get that the same. I don't know.

I may have to go back to my desktop CRT.... and a new one at that.

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BSA,

Thanks for sharing your experience. From that I would say that the LCD technology has not reached the state of being capable of replacing a CRT just yet. At least not for photo/video editing.

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