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Today I have my first prints to the 1200 (since upgrading to full PS 5) that are a dead ringer for the monitor image! Hooray!! This with the monitor contrast at half (50 out of 100) before running Adobe Gamma, then leaving it there throughout. The brightness setting ends up at at 20 (out of 100) when I begin Adobe Gamma at contrast 50. The difference from yesterday is that I've made more accurate color management choices in RGB setup and the printer dialogue box, thanks to Ian Lyons and his article on configuring the color management system in Photoshop 5 at http://www.magix.com.sg/users/kltham/ . I recommend this and his earlier article, Using the Photo 750/1200 with Photoshop 5 to any Windows users still struggling with this stuff. Lipmanson and Moss both report monitor settings that differ considerably from my current however, and I'm still not sure if corrections applied to an image on my (mis?) calibrated monitor (by running Adobe Gamma with the monitor contrast turned down considerably from the recommended maximum) will read the same on another calibrated Photoshop 5 system. Answers/opinions welcome! Thanks, Dave J. Lipmanson wrote: > >I had the same experience with Gamma. Thought I had set the screen >brightness to where the manual recommended, and every print turned out >too flat. Screen looked great. Someone on the list posted, on his site, >his directions for calibrating with Gamma, in which he said he found >setting the brightness much lower than what Adobe recommends, for >purposes of calibration only (!!!!) yielded much better results. This is >correct. After calibration, turn the brightness back to your comfort >level. Prints are now a perfect match to the screen. Marvin Moss wrote: > > I also use a Dell P990 Trinitron to monitor my new Dell 500 and have > found that setting the contrast at 100% & the brightness at 32% will > match my PS.4.0 calibration and gives optimum prints on all Epson > papers (especially photo paper SO41141) with my Epson 850. > The Adobe Gamma settings can even give you a finer tune if needed. > > >Dave King wrote: >> >>> When I follow the instructions in Adobe Gamma to first turn the contrast all >> the way up, the resulting prints are way off, and the monitor image looks >> too intense. When I start Adobe Gamma by turning the monitor contrast down >> to the half setting (50 out of 100 on my Dell P990 Triniton), the print is >> much closer and the monitor is tolerable to work on. The monitor is still >> about a 'grade' more contrasty than the print, but if I pursue this route >> further by starting Adobe Gamma with the contrast even lower, I think I can >> bring things into line. >> >> But I'm wondering why the recommendation is for the monitor contrast to be >> that high to begin with? To bring Adobe Gamma into line from that starting >> point the 'brightness' control has to be turned down almost all the way >> (about 10 out of 100)! And the rendering of images on the screen at that >> setting doesn't approximate any reflective print I have ever seen. >> >> Are there inherent problems using the contrast turned down approach? I also >> would like to deliver accurate 'tagged' files to be used on other color >> managed Photoshop workstations. - Please do not include an entire message in your response. Delete the excess. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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