Remember the what color is the dress debate from a few weeks ago? Well, it turns out that I have those kind of nasty debates with myself all the time over color in my projects. Color makes or breaks a project which is why it can be extremely frustrating. I spend hours and hours getting the color of a project just right, only to have it look completely different when printed, or photographed, or viewed on the computer. Gah! I've actually bought two online classes just because they had a part in their syllabus called color. Boy was I disappointed to learn in both of those classes that there really isn't a trick to color. You can learn all the tricks in the world, and it will never print exactly how you want it to. The designers suggestion was to do what you can and then let it go. Double gah!
So what can you do? Here are some of the few things that I've learned about color on my own.
5. Calibrate your monitor through your monitor AND through your intel graphics and media control panel (for Windows). Or just own a Mac. I hear those monitors are great with accuracy of color. But if you aren't as lucky, you run into problems like the one below.
-Photo A is the original file that I designed in Illustrator. I changed the colors of this print hundreds of times (I'm not exaggerating) before I even printed it.
-Photo B is a screenshot of how the photographer's photo of the print looked on my monitor. I realized that my monitor was way too saturated. The only way to turn down the saturation of the monitor was through the intel graphics card. I also had to adjust just the yellows and reds on my monitor. It took lots of going back and forth.
-Photo C is what the photographer's photo of the print looked like on her screen and on mine after I fixed my monitor. It looks much better, but still not like the original file or oddly enough, like the physical print that she was actually photographing. It was confusing to me how the photograph of the print could look so different than the print itself. And very frustrating.
-Photo D is the photographer's photo of the print after *much* tweaking in Photoshop. Now it looks more like the original, but still not exactly the same, sigh. At least it isn't the nasty yellow colors of photos B/C.
Moral of the story? Selecting and adjusting colors is a huge part of a designer's process. And it's usually a frustrating, time consuming, and pricey process (especially when you have to reprint items until the colors turn out right--more on that story tomorrow).
Please share with me what you have learned about colors! Do you have any time saving tips? Or good classes to take/articles to read? I still have a long way to go on understanding color in the digital world.
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