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Old 03-26-2013   #1
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What is considered a "good" monitor for editing and will you see printed results as they are on the monitor?

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Try Dell IPS monitors, if you have the budget Lacie monitors are quite good.. Asus PA238Q is also quite a good monitor
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I wonder if HP 2011x are considered good.
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My idea of a good monitor is one what works. I use Samsung 24" LED monitors and calibrate them with a Spyder Pro

23" LED Monitor - Flat Screen 23" 1920x1080 LED Monitor | Samsung S23B300B
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I just received a 27" Budget Korean IPS monitor delivered 30 miles downstream from my doorstep for $339 total. So far it is working fine.
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Read this.

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I just received a 27" Budget Korean IPS monitor delivered 30 miles downstream from my doorstep for $339 total. So far it is working fine.
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Is that a Catleap? I have heard about those. am really curious to see how they work..
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Mine is a bare bones ShiMian. The Catleap also had very high ratings but was more money and the big drawing card is overclocking which I had no need for. Impressed with the color, clarity & power use so far. Calibrates well with SpyderPro 4.5
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TN monitors are cheaper to make and sell at a lower price than IPS monitors. TN screens are common on laptop computers. IPS monitors are what you want to use for photo editing.

The image colors, brightness, and contrast will vary with TN monitors. The quickest way to tell if a monitor is TN is to look up at the image with your eyes located right at the bottom of the screen. Typically the image will almost look like a color negative.

IPS monitors have very wide side-to-side and up-and-down viewing angles where the colors, brightness, and contrast will vary little. This is why they are superior to TN screens for photography editing.

Here is a site that lists current IPS monitors.

Comprehensive List of S-IPS/H-IPS/e-IPS and other IPS Based LCD Monitors

It is basically impossible to make an image on a monitor look the same as a printed image. Light is transmitted through the screen but reflected off the print, and the appearance of a print will vary with the brightness and color temperature of the light used to view it. What you can do is keep the differences as small as possible and learn how to work with those differences.

To keep the differences small you should be using both a color calibrated monitor and a color calibrated printer. The best tool for this is the X-Rite ColorMonki Photo, which can color calibrate both your monitor and your printer.

If you use a custom printing service then you only need to color calibrate your monitor. I recommend the X-Rite ColorMonki Display or either the Datacolor Spyder4Pro or Spyder4Elite - not the Express.

Use the advanced features of your color calibration software to guide you through manually adjusting the monitor brightness, contrast, and individual R, G, & B values before letting the software finish the color calibration.

Get the printing service to send you both a digital test image and a printed copy of that image on the paper of your choice. Once you color calibrate your monitor you can view the digital image and the print at the same time, adjusting the print viewing lighting until the print looks as much as possible like the image on your monitor. Avoid the print viewing light falling on the monitor screen and avoid any reflections on the monitor.

Send off a couple of representative images for printing them compare them with the images on your monitor.

You will likely find that you need to adjust the image just for printing. Typical is that you need to set the image brightness a bit too high for viewing on the monitor in order to get the best looking print. The dynamic range of monitors and prints are also different so you may need to adjust this. Sometimes colors also need to be adjusted slightly. Different kinds of printer paper and inks can have dramatic effects on prints.

You might also try the Image Proofing functions of Photoshop and Lightroom but the results can be somewhat variable depending on the printer and paper.

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Great advice everyone...thanks


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