it was all so simple on my last computer system. somehow, apparently magically, i could scan something, alter its colors, and it would print just like that on my epson printer. i could then reasonably count on that print resembling the actual in-print final product that featured my illustration. but no more.
my lappy 486 has a beautiful widescreen, with bright brights and crisp darks. too bright and too dark, apparently, for an illustrator who needs color-matching. so, one of my great joys recently has been in tweaking the monitor color settings, the photoshop color management settings, and my printer's settings to all play well together. i suppose i could figure this out like the pro i am if i decided to learn all of this. no, really, click that link, scroll down and try to figure out what the hell is being talked about. i dare you. and part of the reason i'm daring you is because if you can figure it out you can come over and tweak all my settings for me. i started reading it, then closed my browser and took a nap instead.
i don't think it's beyond understanding, i just don't have time at the moment. and of course, that's when you actually need to know this sort of thing. after a significant amount of fiddling, i've managed to approximate my old work environment, at least to where i'm confident my rose-palette illustration won't reproduce chartreuse in print.
my lappy's screen, however, is not quite so bright as it used to be. on the other hand, i noticed it was super-saturating some dvd scenes, so i suppose that should've clued me in that something was not quite right.
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