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SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration- <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 15 Dec 2009 13:44:20 -0700
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Oops, did it again - 'reply to sender' sent reply to indv. e-mail instead of 
listserve. Sorry Janet.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "ball" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: [SCIART] Background color in botanical watercolors

> Janet,
> I know that unless monitors are color calibrated each will have slightly 
> different color display but I don't know if there is any particular bias 
> by brand or monitor type. I still hear that old CRT screens still have 
> better color and resolution than flatscreens, but just like 35mm compared 
> to digital cameras, they are improving. As Bruce suggested, using color 
> calibration software would probably improve color consistency to match a 
> standard (temperature, value, and hue? - Pantone, etc) no matter what the 
> brand. Then you have similar issues with color calibration between monitor 
> color and printer output. I suspect newer laptops have better screens and 
> graphics cards; my Toshiba laptop has been extremely dependable but is at 
> least 6-8 years old and relatively small (9x14) LCD. And I'm sure our old 
> Toshiba laptop isn't equipped with hi-res graphic card and has a 32bit 
> operating system so wouldn't have the color range of newer 64bit systems 
> with better graphic card.
> The choices now seem endless but many of the computer websites (like 
> have tools and user support to help with the decision based on 
> intended use ('off-the-shelf' may be cheaper but may not be best choice 
> for you). Also check with illustrators on this listserve that use 
> computers to create their work and archives for more suggestions. I would 
> suspect you may need to look at a more expensive, high-end laptop to get a 
> larger, higher resolution monitor and better graphics card and needed 
> RAM - also consider that you can get more for the $$ in a desktop if you 
> don't need the portability of a laptop.  We are now spending summer/fall 
> in MT, winter/spring in southwest OK where we have a cabin with off-grid 
> solar power, and travel more so I will be looking to upgrade to high 
> quality, energy efficient laptop sometime in the near future - so I would 
> also love to hear suggestions.
> -Sue
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 10:14 PM
> Subject: Re: [SCIART] Background color in botanical watercolors
>> Hi,
>> I haven't been following this whole conversation, so I might be off track 
>> here.  Are you suggesting that your Toshiba laptop might have an abnormal 
>> color scheme?  I've been shopping for laptops, and possibly noted a 
>> slight difference in yellow/green hues on the Toshibas.  I'm just trying 
>> to find out if this is the case.  My Dad has an older Toshiba Satellite 
>> and I think he thinks there may be a slight color issue.
>> Thanks,
>> Janet
>> On Mon, 14 Dec 2009, ball wrote:
>>> Bruce,
>>> Others also commented that the background color is almost imperceptible 
>>> on their

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