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Sara Shortt

Seeing pictures accurately on the monitor

I have a laptop at home that I use to edit my photos with Photoshop Elements 3.0. My internet at work is 100 times faster so I usually save pictures on my flash drive and bring them to work to upload onto my website. I've noticed that my pictures look different depending on what computer I'm on - home, work, parent's computer, etc. I want to be able to see my pictures accurately when I'm editing them on my computer, but I'm not sure that what I'm seeing is what I'll be getting when I have them printed. I have a laptop at home and a monitor at work. Does that have something to do with the difference? Any help would be appreciated!

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1/5/2007 12:25:07 PM

Bob Fately   Sara, welcome to the wonderful world of color calibration!

What you are seeing is common - different monitors (CRT and LCD) on different computers may well show different sets of colors when being fed the identical image data. This is why devices like the Spyder exist; to give you the ability to calibrate your monitor (and match that to the printer - since printers often have the same problems). And if you e-mail a picture to someone, that person';s monitor might show yet a different color pallette.

So, short of calibrating your home, work, parent's and any other monitors (an unlikely prospect) you may have to settle for calibrating one and just accepting the differences in the others. If you are getting your prints form the sae source, one simpler way of doing this might be to get a bunch of prints made, then adjusting the color levels on your home computer's monitor to where the images look the same as the prints.

Otherwise, you can do it the right way and get a calibration system - you might want to start by checking out a book on the subject.

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1/5/2007 1:43:27 PM

Donald R. Curry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2006

I had a similar problem. I purchased the Spyder 2 calibration system and it fixed the problem. What I see on my monitor is what I get on the printer. Although, as has already been said, the photo will look different on any monitor that has not been calibrated. That is a scary thought when you think what our photos on BP might look like on other monitors. We go to a lot of trouble to get just that perfect look and it likely looks entirely different on someone elses monitor.

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1/5/2007 4:58:04 PM

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