All computer monitors are different. In addition to variations in brightness, contrast and color even between similar monitors, Macs and PC's operate in entirely different "gamma" ranges - images that look right on a normal Mac (1.8 gamma) may look dark on a PC (2.2+ gamma); an image balanced for a PC may look washed out on a Mac. My images were created on a Mac but balanced to a gamma (2.0) somewhere between the two systems.

In addition, monitor images are severely affected by ambient light (the brightness of the room the monitor is in) with images appearing brighter as the room becomes darker. In rooms lit by daylight the change is considerable over the course of the day. These images have been created in a darkened environment and ideally should be viewed in a similar one. It should also be noted that monitors have a warm-up period in which the screen and images steadily become brighter.

The background color of the pages on this site are a neutral gray. If they appear either greenish or reddish then the color balance of your monitor is off.

On my monitor I can see each of the tones of the grayscale below, with the white appearing white and the black appearing black.



Three groups of images are used below to illustrate my monitor's gamma, color saturation, and color balance. The center image of each group is the same and is the image that looks the best on my monitor. Should you wish to see the images as I see them it may be necessary adjust your monitor so that the center image of each group is the most natural.

Gamma




This image is somewhat dark and muddy on my monitor



As intended



This image is somewhat light and washed out on my monitor



Color Saturation




The colors of this image are somewhat saturated or garish on my monitor



As Intended



The colors of this image are somewhat unsaturated or gray on my monitor



Color Balance




This image is somewhat magenta or red on my monitor



As intended




This image is somewhat green or yellow on my monitor

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