Messing Around

I’m tweaking my colors. I noticed on the CRT at work the former green I used looked like shocking lime. That isn’t how it appeared on my laptop screen. I played around and found a slightly green off-white shade that looked fine on the CRT but was invisible on my laptop. So I’m still playing. Just in case you wondered what’s up.

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3 Comments on “Messing Around”

  1. Robin Says:


    It is more likely that the colors you see on your laptop are more “true” to what you had in mind than the CRT at your place of work. It is rare that you will find two monitors that display colors the same way. A lot of how the monitor displays colors will depend upon the age of the monitor in question, as well as how many people have “tweaked” the color and gamma settings, either directly on the hardware, or through a software program.

    Newer monitors (post late-90s) often have a way to adjust color settings using buttons on the front of the monitor that access a settings menu. If this is the case with your monitor at work, you could check the RGB settings and the color temperature settings. The temperature setting may have been adjusted by another user to the warm range. A cooler white point often makes a vast difference in the hues we perceive on our monitors. Most of the laptops I’ve worked on default into the cooler range. RGB settings are normally set on some type of “slider” that you tweak up or down using those same menu access buttons.

    If there is no way to adjust these settings on the monitor itself, sometimes color settings can be adjusted in the video card’s settings under the ‘advanced’ settings in the Windows control panel under Display.

    There is often a way within the menu system to return the monitor to factory defaults. It is often easiest to do this before tweaking settings to your own taste. Color settings are personal, so if you alone will be using this monitor, adjust the settings to YOUR liking.

    In a nutshell, before adjusting colors in your HTML, try adjusting the settings on your work monitor.

    Every web designer would like to believe that the colors he worked so hard to coordinate for a site are viewed exactly the same way by every visitor to the site. Unfortunately, because of all the ways that a user can tweak settings or because most viewers accept the factory defaults, and which vary from make and model, and because there are inherent technological differences between brands of monitors, this will never happen!

  2. Diana Says:

    I found this same phenomenon after receiving a new laptop for Xmas and visiting my blog. The colors were beige-y and flat while on my desktop they were lovely and rich. When I changed them to look good on my laptop – yikes. Electric Psychedelic on the desktop.

    I honestly don’t know which end of the spectrum is more representative, or to which computer monitor I should play to.

    (Thanks for your comment on my blog this morning. January blahs still linger for now, but I’m hopeful!)

  3. Kathryn Says:

    Thank you, Robin, for the excellent advice. Much appreciated.