DC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 11 Posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5400 times:
I've been having a few problems with viruses on my laptop computer recently and have had to get the hard-drive formatted.
When everything has been re-installed, I've noticed that the colours on the monitor seem very subdued.
How can I tell quickly whether or not they are accurate? Some photos look fine, but others really dark. I have tried unsuccessfully to use the calibration program before and I'm a bit scared of messing things up using it and not being able to get back to suare one, or accurately determine what are the correct settings.
JumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2481 posts, RR: 38
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5278 times:
Make sure that your colors are set correctly.
1-Go to your desktop find an empty space
2_ right click on the desktop click properties.
3-go to the last tab on the top of the box and click on settings.
4-make sure that the colours are set at the highest settings.
Example 16bit or 32bit.
Anything below that would look off color.
Hope that helps.
Flyfisher1976 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5242 times:
Quoting LHRsunriser (Reply 2): I find that a laptop isn't the best place to edit in the first place anyways!
Actually my monitor has a high-def LCD widescreen...great for editing photos. I would even venture to say that it rivals the $750 Sony LCD that I bought for my office just 6 months ago.
Quoting Fergulmcc (Reply 1): one I know is the Adobe Gamma one which is quite good.
I've never had much luck getting this calibration program to work. The part with the three colored squares...I can never get the lines to disappear. They don't seem to really change at all when I move the slider(s).
DC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5228 times:
I've just had a look at this thing now in daylight.
There are 3 dials that control Gamma, Brightness and Contrast. These can be done for the three colours individually, or for RGB altogether.
There is a box with an image in it to see what is happening. This can be set to the 'Calibration Image', which is a bowl of fruit, or there are several graphs, colour maps, or you can have the individual colours on their own at 100% or 75% (what does this mean?).
Sulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5218 times:
I'm not sure that's Adobe gamma - it's quite possible you may not have installed it, I didn't with PS 7.0. Read the helpfile in PS to see how it's done (I can't quite remember; it's not hard).
Keep it simple. Use the RGB adjustment first - it's easiest. There should be a brightness adjustment graphic as well (A dark grey box within a black frame) - use your monitor brightness control to adjust that.
It takes a big man to admit they are wrong, and I am not a big man.