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thanks and thanks again!

A huge thanks to everyone who posted comments, emailed or called about my monitor troubles! I got some really helpful info and leads; and got an orphaned CRT from a friend of ours which is much newer than my trinitron. I am still processing some of this information and deciding what to do in the long term, but in the short term here's the plan:

the Trinitron is hooked up and while I will have to recalibrate it every day I can make it display colors in photoshop that match my output, so it's staying put until our current job is done.

then, I hook up the "new" CRT and figure out which of these displays is going to work best for now; and if I want to go dual monitor and keep the CRT off when I'm not coloring to prolong its life.

I'm going to look into getting a calibrator; several people have recommended the Sypder2express, but I'm also interested in the Pantone Huey that Andy posted about (and Andy, sorry your comment got caught in the filters, I rescued it just now - thanks!) The Spyder has great reviews but I'm intrigued by the idea that the Huey will adjust to your lighting conditions continually.
then, finally, it's time to evaluate new equipment and just how much we want to put aside for it.

CRTs are probably going to be completely gone sooner or later, but LCDs that are using flourescent lighting will never display really good color. Plus there's that whole color-shifting-as-you-move your head thing; it's bad enough now when we're both looking at something on screen. People are swearing that the LED-backlit LCDs have amazing color range but I'm not anxious to rush into it. So we'll see. I'm also investigating the video card to rule that out as well. And quite honestly, it probably is getting near time for a whole new system. Ugh.

Anyway, thanks again to everyone! It's really been a big help!

What did you say?

after many years of color illo & photo correction work I've come to the conclusion that the best course of action is to rely on the actual numbers of the color build. With practice and patience you get a very good feel for what is going on in CMYK just by the numbers... sooner or later, every monitor and every final output will let you down at the worst possible moment... but the numbers never lie. best of luck!

we have a similar problem in my office: my boss didn't invest in good monitors and we all have multiple displays. A visiting client, a designer herself, was ranting and raving about the spyder2express just the other day and after her surprising demo, thankfully, my boss is ordering one.

The sad truth of the matter is that if you want/need a hassle free monitor experience, you have to buy one from Apple. They just make things that work and are quality. Plus they jettisoned those horrible 1 - 2/up - down/super confusing calibration buttons.

gambate ne!

Wishing you a happy mothers day !!!!!!

hi Sarah,you won my drawing!!! Could you send your snail addy? Oh and what size is your baby girl?

JPD: no way!! I'll email you shortly.

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