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Melanie K. Carr


What kind of monitor should I invest in? Would a 22" wide screen distort images?

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8/29/2007 2:39:51 PM

Robert E. Gaughan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  Hello Melanie,

The 22' LCD would be great. And if you do any photo editing like using programs like Photoshop.. the bigger the better... more room to work. As for distorting your images.. no..

Just set the resolution the max native of the monitor.. for instance, I have a 19" LCD. I set it at 1440 x 900.. the native resolution for a 19" wide screen. Everything is perfect..

Good luck.. and happy shooting


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9/1/2007 6:15:38 PM

Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  The size of your monitor is less important than the resolution of the monitor, monitor dimensions, and how many monitors you have ;-)

I think it is not entirely reliable to simply set monitor resolution to max. It really depends on the video card you have, and the size of the monitor, its dimensions, as well as the resolution the monitor is capable of. Some monitors will accept sizes that are not really appropriate. What I consider appropriate is that an image will look correct proportionally when viewed at print size comparing a displayed ruler (Photoshop's ruler) at the same size as a real ruler. This applies both horizontally and vertically.

Personally I use two CRT monitors (19") side by side to give me a wide view, fine resolution, and little distortion. To get the same resolution out of a single monitor and card, I would have to have a 30" screen, at a cost of probably $1800 just for the two CRTs cost $180 total, with shipping off ebay, or about 1/10th the cost of an equivalent flat screen. I might go for the 30" cinema display on my next system because I can use the desk space, the prices are coming down, and the quality is going up, but for now what I have is more than simply practical, it is economical.

What you see on screen is not really an arbitrary selection -- and don't feel bad, as most people treat it that way as they are never told any different. There is a better and even a correct resolution for your screen, and you can find it with good sense and the right approach.

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9/2/2007 5:44:54 PM

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