Message Edited by CSimet on 10-21-2004 04:14 PM
For what you're trying to do, your best bet is to invest in a monitor calibration system. Laptop displays are difficult to get under control for image editing due to the fact that there are no separate RGB adjustments. You can get reasonably close though if you use calibration software with a good spectrometer. You might want to check out the Spyder Pro http://www.colorvision.com or GretagMacbeth’s Eye1 packages www.i1color.com
I use the EyeOne Photo system. It does a pretty decent job at calibrating laptop displays, and also gives you the ability to create profiles for your printers and paper combinations. It's a bit expensive but well worth the money if you're serious about color.
Also I should mention that I've found that despite my most determined efforts, Photo Paint is simply not as 'color savvy' as Photoshop. In my opinion, unless something has changed since version 9, Photo Paint's internal color management simply doesn't compare with Photoshop. Just my 2 cents.
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Thanks for the help, but (LOL) $300 - $1400 for a calibration device!?!?!? I was just looking to get it close with the SW profiles. I don't print my own, but I'd like to correct my photos before sending them out to a lab/service to have them printed on real photo paper. I wonder if anyone performs the calibration as a service... you take the laptop in and have it done without the need to buy any device. I guess I'll keep looking. Tx. again.
BTW... I agree with the Photo-Paint statement. I've got PaintShop on the way... Photo-Paint has been a great tool for what I paid for it (<$200), but its like swimming upstream... might as well join the rest of the digital imaging world and learn PaintShop.