LCD Vs CRT in matching printed colors

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by David DeBar, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. David DeBar

    David DeBar Guest

    I use Viewsonic ViewPanel VP181 with photoshop and have been considering
    also attaching a Sony CRT (Multiscan E400) monitor to my computer. A friend
    of mine just told me that he finds that his ViewSonic flat panel displays
    more closely match the results that he gets Epson Stylus PHOTO 2200 printer.
    While he agrees that the color spectrum/gamma of a CRT my be superior to a
    flat panel, it's better to use a flat panel display as a predictor of what
    the final printed image will look like.

    Any comments?

    David DeBar, Feb 2, 2004
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  2. David DeBar

    n8 skow Guest

    Was this just a visual guesstimate by him or does he have factual data?
    There are many variables that affect a persons interpretation of color...

    n8 skow, Feb 2, 2004
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  3. David DeBar

    Flycaster Guest

    My opinion differs, while some others might agree, however there are many,
    many caveats to "the answer." What *you* think is the key since it's your
    money you're going to be spending. Try a few different set-ups and see what
    works best for you.
    Flycaster, Feb 2, 2004
  4. David DeBar

    res0r89p Guest

    Matching what appears on screen depends on several factors-monitor gamma,
    Mac vs PC gamma, setting IC Profiles for printer, monitor, scanner etc.
    Printed proofs on the final destination printer are the REAL test of your
    on-screen image. I've had the same image look different coming from
    different printers. Also, a video card with a dvi output will send a digital
    signal to the flat panel monitor without the digital to analog conversion of
    a CRT monitor. One predictor of printed output is to preview the image in
    cmyk mode and check the Gamut to see if any areas are out of color range for
    the printer.
    Peter Cowie
    res0r89p, Feb 2, 2004
  5. David DeBar

    David DeBar Guest

    What prompted my question was my friends enthusiastic praise for the
    MonacoEZcolor w/ Monaco OPTIX. My friends talked me into buying the above
    color calibration system then helped me create profiles for my Epson Stylus
    2200 printer and my ViewSonic ViewPanel VP 181. He then had me print a
    favorite color photo and compare it to the image in the screen. I must
    admit that the print looked VERY much like the LCD screen. Prior to using
    the Monaco System I had the digital signal coming out of my computer feeding
    directly into the LCD display, bypassing the brightness and contrast
    controls on the analog base that supports my monitor. The color match I was
    getting the old way were not to bad but there was room for improvement.
    Now, with the Monaco system, the match is even closer. Perhaps a CRT would
    look better yet but I wonder if I could tell? To use the Monaco system I
    had to pass the digital signal from the computer through the electronics in
    the analog base to gain control of the contrast.

    Thank you for your feedback,

    David DeBar, Feb 2, 2004
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