Even if colour matching has been successfully performed between on-screen and printed photos, to correctly check the colours it is necessary to adjust the lighting conditions and to control environmental light so that images are always evaluated under the same conditions.
6 simple ways to do this are as follows:
1. Minimise The Effects Of Outside Light
An easy way to do this is by fitting blinds or curtains to the window. It's also a good idea to position your monitor away from direct window light to minimise the effects outside light has on the colour of your photos.
2. Use The Correct Fluorescent Desk Lamp
Purchase a fluorescent desk lamp
with a high colour rendering index. These lamps feature light spectra similar to the sun (they have a colour temperature near 5000 K, the standard in the printing industry) and generate very little colour divergence between the LCD monitor screen, printed paper, and human colour recognition. With these lamps you'll be able to easily adjust the environment for viewing prints in a room with light fixtures that cannot be changed. Take a look at our article on colour temperature
for more advice on this.
3. Use A Monitor Hood
They may look a little weird, but monitor hoods
are a really useful tool as they help block out outside light and prevent reflections appearing on the screen.
4. Choose Decor Carefully
It helps if the room you're working in has neutral colours (one of the best colours is neutral gray) on the walls and floor so no colour casts are created. We know it's not as easy to do at home but if you do work out of one room frequently it's worth considering.
5. Be Aware Of The Colours Of Your Clothing
The colours of your clothing could reflect off the glass of your monitor and affect how colours appear on-screen so do check this before making adjustments.
6. Pick The Right Desktop Background
Achromatic gray is preferable for the desktop background
on your computer's screen. If your eyes grow accustomed to seeing reds, greens, blues, or other strong colours that are normally incorporated into photos, you may not be able to clearly judge the colours accurately.
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