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sebpayne
Feb 22, 2006, 05:21 PM
After uisng my PowerBook G4 12" for a few days, it occured to me that the colour seemed off compared to my Formac 1740 connected to my Mac Mini. Here are some images of the two;

Mac Mini
http://static.flickr.com/24/103191868_aeb7f6ca88.jpg?v=0

PowerBook G4 12"
http://static.flickr.com/28/103191900_8915173f6d.jpg?v=0

Both running Mac OS X 10.4.5 and using the standard profiles (Display on the Mini and Color LCD on the PowerBook). Do I need to start creating custom profiles - I just want my site to look good (as welll as my photos).

It looks as if the PowerBook is a bit too yellow when compared to the Formac and the header looks too green. Any suggestions urgently!!

Thanks

Seb



chaosbunny
Feb 23, 2006, 04:17 AM
Custom Profiles are always a good idea. I calibrated my pbs screen with the monitor settings in the system adjustments (sorry if this is the wrong word, haven't had Os X in english for a long time) and my Eizo using the calibration Software that came with it. Unfortunately you won't be able to get both screens to look the same, since the Formac, depending on when you bought it, is of course much brighter and has more contrast than the smaler pb screen. So the best thing you can achieve is having approximately the same colors but brighter on the Formac and a little bit darker on the pb screen. Removing a little bit yellow on the pbs profile might do a lot.

But to me there is also a big advantage when using 2 screens that do not display colours exactly the same. When designing websites you will never know what kind of monitor the person who will be visiting them has. You can check if your design/photos look good on different screens no matter if they are a little brighter or darker or something.

sebpayne
Feb 23, 2006, 04:39 AM
I can understand having the colour slightly different on both machines but it seems to yellow on the PowerBook. If I choose sRGB, it looks better but then the 'silver' look of the applications like Safari and Finder look too blue. Are there any simple tutorials I can use?