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Thank you, Laurie, for a very thorough discussion. I think Rob Meier was referring to the use of Shift-Tab to hide the tools when using only one monitor rather than two, thereby obviating the need for the second monitor. OH! would I LOVE to have an Apple Cinema so I could have everything on one! Konrad Poth ********************************************* ----- Original Message ----- From: "Laurie Solomon" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Friday, May 24, 2002 12:38 PM Subject: RE: Two-Monitor advantage? (was LCD Monitors) > I have found on my two monitor systems that it is easiest to keep the > desktop with the image on it on one monitor (the primary monitor) and the > tools and palettes on the other monitor (the secondary monitor) when working > in Photoshop. From a work flow point of view it simplifies things requiring > a mere turn of the head or eyes from one monitor to another in contrast to > having to remember keyboard shortcuts, take my hands off the mouse or > digital tablet pen to use the keyboard, or the like. > > One needs to keep the image that is being worked on displayed on the primary > monitor one many - if not most - systems and the tools and palettes on the > secondary because it is usually the primary monitor that is the one that > serves as the basis for monitor calibration and color management with the > secondary monitor typically merely duplicating that of the primary monitor > whether or not they are identical. Thus, the secondary monitor display > consequently may not be accurrate in terms of calibration and color > management profiles for that monitor - especially if it is not an identical > make, model, and age monitor as the primary one. The only item among the > tools that could be negatively effected by keeping it on the secondary > monitor is the color palette which might be off color if the secondary > monitor is not color corrected identically with the proimary monitor. > > The only question I would have about using Rob Meier's suggestion is what > would one display on the secondary monitor that would require one to keep it > free of displaying the tools and palettes so as to require one to hide them. > I can think of only two major reasons for using his suggestion and a few > minor ones. > > First, one is not working exclusively with a single program (e.g., > Photoshop) but with a number of programs that are being kept open and in use > such that the desktop on the secondary monitor would be used to house and > display theses other open programs while keeping Photoshop open on the > primary monitor. > > Second, one is keeping a display of the original image on the secondary > monitor (or possibly a soft proof) as a reference for correcting the working > image on the primary monitor in which case one would want to keep the > secondary monitor as free as possible of distracting tools and palettes. > > Among the minor instances, the possibility that switching ones eyes from one > monitor to another monitor may somehow result in causing ones eyes to be > fooled and not remain in adjustment due to different brightnesses and > contrasts between the two monitors which could cause some distortion in the > recognition and seeing of differetn subtle shades, tones, and colors. > > > > -----Original Message----- > From: firstname.lastname@example.org > [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Konrad Poth > Sent: Friday, May 24, 2002 8:42 AM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Two-Monitor advantage? (was LCD Monitors) > > > In response to a question I asked about setting up a double-monitor system, > I received the replies below. > > Rob Meier recommends just using Shift-Tab to hide the tools rather than > shifting the eyes between two monitors. > > I would like to hear from those who use two monitors - or who have tried > that system and reverted - as to the advantages and disadvantages. Does it > enhance your workflow? Is it more cumbersome than practical? Why not just > use Shift-Tab to hide/show tools? > > Konrad Poth > ********************************************* > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Robert Meier" <email@example.com> > To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Sent: Friday, May 24, 2002 1:57 AM > Subject: Re: LCD Monitors > > > > > > --- CDTobie@aol.com wrote: > > >> In a message dated 5/23/02 9:24:01 PM, email@example.com writes: > > >> 3. How does one setup a 2-monitor system, say a 19" for the > > >> working image and a 15" to hold the tools? Special software or > > >> video card needed? > > > > > Its important to find out of the dual card accepts seperate LUT data > > > from the > > > computer for each monitor connected, otherwise it is not possible to > > > color > > > manage both screens in any way. > > > > If you use your 15" screen only for the tools I think you should be > > fine if you can calibrate only one of the two monitors. If you need > > both monitors for critical work then Tobie's advice is important. > > Also note that if you are using PS you can hide/show all the additional > > windows with [Shift][Tab]. Depending on your preferences that might be > > more convenient then moving your eyes between two monitors. > > > > Rob > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. 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