Originally posted by kita
I have noticed that images on a mac are lighter but that's more of a problem for those of us designing on a mac (you create a picture that looks great only to see that on a PC it's much darker, sometimes too dark.)
This has little to do with OS, and more to do with colour profiles.
Mac OS lets you specify an RGB colour space using Colour Sync (.ICM profile) which is displayed all the time. ie; you can easily tweak your monitor's colour and rely on it displaying the same. This profile is also what you would (hopefully) use in Photoshop as your default RGB colour space. PC's on the other hand, only apply the "Adobe Gamma" (that's as close as we get to ColourSync) to images in Photoshop. Our general OS is an uncontrolled colour space!
The problem is further exaspirated by designing on LCD's and viewing later on CRT's. Due to the pathetic contrast ratio of CRT's compared to LCD/TFT, images always seem darker and less vibrant on a CRT.
1. Create a colour profile, taking into account the lighting that is around your monitor (none of us actually use pure
daylight fluro's. Most good ones are around 5500k).
2. Set it in Photoshop as your default working space (you'll need to tick Advanced Options in Colour Management to select a user defined colour profile).
3. Convert all imported images with embeded profiles to your profile; save all files with your profile embeded.
Well, talk about off-topic! Can you tell I come from a print background?