web colors: mac v mac v PC

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by thejadedmonkey, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

    thejadedmonkey

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    I made a nice looking website. Short, sweet, to the point. (mahalaw.com)

    The background, on my MBP with brightness turned up, is how I want it to look.
    The background on my mac mini is much more dull and gray looking. (CRT, VGA)
    The background on a PC is that same dull gray look. (LCD, VGA)

    What's going on here, and how do I fix it? I really like how I see it on my MBP, not how others see it on their other computers...
     
  2. radiantm3 macrumors 65816

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    Macs have a very high gamma out of the box. Personally and professionally, I use a monitor calibrator so my displays look a lot closer to the windows default gamma. It's impossible to get accurate colors across computers because every OS/display is going to be a little different.
     
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Yea colors are going to be impossible for the reason mentioned above. I have this same issue with my site.
     
  4. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, about all you can do is get a calibration tool to get your display looking as close to some sort of basic reference model as possible. Macs have higher gamma than Windows (so blacks are less crunched, which I prefer), glossy screens are more contrast-y than non-glossy... There's no good overall solution. It's gonna look a bit different everywhere.
     
  5. elppa macrumors 68040

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    Anyone with bootcamp knows colours look different when switching between the two OSs. It's just something you have to live with really.
     
  6. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a

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    Also

    use the standard webcolors in your wed page design software and not custom colors...goes a long way to help even colors out between Macs and PCs
     
  7. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    Not really.
     
  8. thejadedmonkey thread starter macrumors 604

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    Hmmm... thanks. I guess I'll just have to work on getting the colors how I like it with bootcamp. Thanks all for your help!
     
  9. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    If you use Fireworks to generate graphics it has a Windows gamma simulation mode. I would keep in mind that your screen at full brightness is probably way too bright to be considered average, even in bootcamp.
     

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