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So Bummed...
I worked really hard on a website design this morning. But I opened the same file here at work, and the colors are all wrong. The reason? The stinkin' sun. The office at the new house faces the east, and it gets very, very bright in the mornings. Like, sunglasses bright, even with the blinds closed. I need to get some curtains in there ASAP. Maybe an LCD display would work better, too. That's something I need to look into.

Maybe I can just throw a levels adjustment layer on this design and bring up the blacks.


Current Mood: shaking fist at the sun
Current Music: U2 - Beautiful Day

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From: drastic_actions Date: March 15th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

gretchen mentioned you liked the simpsons

jarrett From: jarrett Date: March 15th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: gretchen mentioned you liked the simpsons

¡Muchas gracias!
yellzer From: yellzer Date: March 15th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)


sorry schmooey...we'll take measurements tonight and head for target
From: just_joolie Date: March 15th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Curtains

What a good girlfriend.
angelsdemise From: angelsdemise Date: March 15th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, that stinks!

I personally love Sean's LCD monitor...everything looks so crisp and just... better. I saw an open box one at Best Buy in Arden for a reasonable price... if you're interested you might check it out!
From: just_joolie Date: March 15th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow how weird.
From: dark_wolfe Date: March 16th, 2005 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Ya know, my first "big monitor purchase" was an AppleVision 1710 (17" at the time was like... beyond huge). It was like $800 (but I got a discount).

Anyways, I remember this thing came with this little "wand" that was used to adjust for abient lighting... a circle (with a hole in it) at the end of a stick. You'd hold it up to the screen and run the calibration software to adjust until the outter circle was a perfect color match to the inner circle. The software even let you save profiles and have them auto-switch at particular times of the day.

I always thought it was pointless, I just closed the curtains :-)
particle_man From: particle_man Date: March 16th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Pointless until you think about printing the files and then you send the color profile as part of the print package to the printer. The colors come out exactly as you wanted them. Or if you've got several computers in different environments working on the same project and want to make sure that the colors are identical on all the machines. That little "color wand" can be a lifesaver.
From: tehiv Date: March 16th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Save your breath... most web designers are clueless when it comes to color and for good reason - it doesn't matter what colors they use. The dumbass end users (and usually the clients too) have cheap ass monitors, so they are getting nice bright purples out of your Reflex Blue anyway, so why bother.
particle_man From: particle_man Date: March 16th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol, you've probably got an excellent point. Since almost all the work I do is for print I guess things are a bit different. :)
From: tehiv Date: March 17th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, all I do it print too. I tried to get into web and just can't get into it as much. With all their RGB and tiny files... bleh... :-)

From: tehiv Date: March 16th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
On another note, changing monitors isn't going to help... it's still going to be in a less then ideal setting. And the calibrator that was mentioned probably sits right against the screen (most suction cup to it) and does not take ambient light into account. Sure it's a great start to have the monitor right in the first place, but where it's located matters.

And again, you can't know how the users are gonna see it anyway.

Buy a hood for it. http://www.compushade.com/
Those are kind of cheesy, but a good idea with the retractable feature.


jarrett From: jarrett Date: March 16th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
That hood looks mighty silly. I'll be installing some dark curtains today. We'll see how much that helps.
From: tehiv Date: March 16th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I probably wouldn't get one like that, but that's the first I've seen that is retactable. There are nicer ones available. Lacie sells monitors with built in hoods and there are hoods available that are a lot like theirs. I'm not sure you can buy hoods from them though.

Pantone may sell hoods...

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