I wanted to give this topic a bump because I am still dealing with this color profile business. I had a very odd thing happen today that is a perfect example of why it’s so important.
This last weekend I had a friend view my current derby shirt. She said my colors were very dull, and I mentioned that for the past year Ive had a lot of trouble getting my colors right. She messed with my settings a bit and it was better, but still dull. >_<; I work on a Dell PC with a wide-gamut Dell monitor at home.
At work I use a Macbook and a Dell wide-gamut monitor. Since I began the job, I noticed my colors were very drab and weird. I just figured I was losing my mind and couldn’t color anymore ^^;. It seemed like no matter what I did, Pshop just wouldnt give me nice, bright colors. It was as if everything was being displayed in CMYK. Blehk.
Today, I found myself at my wit’s end with the color trouble. When I asked a friend, she said she had a coworker with the exact same issue. Turns out it was a hardware conflict that is specific to Macbooks outputting on a Dell monitor. 9_9 Long story short, we ended up changing our displays to show less pooptastic color. The upside is everything looks way nicer. The downside is…is that right, or is it just a unicorn? (i.e. pretty but not real) I do most of my work for games, so if work looks super bright it’s ok. But shirt art is intended for print, not to look pretty on the web. Am I fooling people with my bright colors, or will the nice brightness also translate to print? <–mind thoroughly boggled
Anyhow, I wanted to reopen this topic. Ive read multiple articles on this today and it all just kind of leaks out of my ears. @@ Id like to encourage some of our resident shirt experts to chime if possible. Please tell us what type of machine you work with, and what type of monitor you use (PC or Mac, doesnt need to be specific brand or numbers or anything). What do you use as your color space setting on both the monitor, and your paint program of choice. This is actually very important stuff and can drastically affect how your artwork is being seen around the web, and in print format on a tee. @@;
EDIT: We ended up changing our displays at work to a specific setting called “Game” or “Multimedia”. This shows a much brighter, more saturated screen. Here at home Ive set my display to Adobe RGB, and my colors are now rich and bright again. In Photoshop, Ive left the default space of SRGB. I have no idea if this is going to burn holes in my retinas or not, but it sure looks prettier.