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11/14/2009 05:49:50 PM · #1
just curious.....
Has anyone ever thought about changing the background color of the site pages?
The light green is innocuous for forums and such but, imo, doesn't always flatter our images.
11/14/2009 05:53:00 PM · #2
Originally posted by PennyStreet:

just curious.....
Has anyone ever thought about changing the background color of the site pages?
The light green is innocuous for forums and such but, imo, doesn't always flatter our images.

Light GREEN? Ummmm..... perhaps you might like to consider calibrating your monitor.

The light GREY on this site isn't the most exciting, but it is wonderfully neutral to let the photos shine without distracting. Black backgrounds get harsh on the eye because of the strong contrast, bright ones would distract...... nah, this is perfect!
11/14/2009 06:07:46 PM · #3
Originally posted by Beetle:

Originally posted by PennyStreet:

just curious.....
Has anyone ever thought about changing the background color of the site pages?
The light green is innocuous for forums and such but, imo, doesn't always flatter our images.

Light GREEN? Ummmm..... perhaps you might like to consider calibrating your monitor.

The light GREY on this site isn't the most exciting, but it is wonderfully neutral to let the photos shine without distracting. Black backgrounds get harsh on the eye because of the strong contrast, bright ones would distract...... nah, this is perfect!


I agree on both points. Not only does the "green" not flatter the photos but if your monitor is not calibrated it will effect your entries as well because you will post-process to adjust the colors when you may never need to. Maybe just a different bordering color would add some excitement without distracting from the photos...
11/14/2009 06:36:10 PM · #4
Originally posted by Beetle:

Originally posted by PennyStreet:

just curious.....
Has anyone ever thought about changing the background color of the site pages?
The light green is innocuous for forums and such but, imo, doesn't always flatter our images.

Light GREEN? Ummmm..... perhaps you might like to consider calibrating your monitor.

The light GREY on this site isn't the most exciting, but it is wonderfully neutral to let the photos shine without distracting. Black backgrounds get harsh on the eye because of the strong contrast, bright ones would distract...... nah, this is perfect!


If my monitor needs calibration, I'd be happy to have someone tell me how to correct it (although I have tried).... but to me the color is more green than grey.
I always post my image and then look to see how it will look on the page. I haven't ever changed it because of how it looked, but I have made a decision at least twice to go with a completely different image.
11/14/2009 07:41:26 PM · #5
Can you do a screen capture? Hit print screen and save it to a file in photoshop or other image software. Post it here. That way, we can tell if your monitor has an issue or the color coding in your operating systems is messed up.
11/14/2009 09:58:00 PM · #6
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/100000-104999/100831/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_833601.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/100000-104999/100831/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_833601.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
let me know what you think. Thanks.

Message edited by author 2009-11-14 21:58:25.
11/14/2009 10:05:37 PM · #7
Looks grey to me, but your browser's menu bar is sort of an odd bluish green.

Having been part of the color selection process back in late 2002, I can assure you the background is neutral, 10% grey (the color of a metering card).

~Terry
11/14/2009 10:27:26 PM · #8
Originally posted by ClubJuggle:

Looks grey to me, but your browser's menu bar is sort of an odd bluish green.

Having been part of the color selection process back in late 2002, I can assure you the background is neutral, 10% grey (the color of a metering card).

~Terry


thanks, good to know. Maybe my eyes do see green when others see grey.
I believe that is a physical possiblity.
11/14/2009 10:34:16 PM · #9
Originally posted by PennyStreet:

thanks, good to know. Maybe my eyes do see green when others see grey.
I believe that is a physical possiblity.


That is a possibility, and could indicate a mild form of color-blindness, especially if the site looks green to you on more than one monitor (if it's just one, I'd suspect an uncalibrated, aging or defective monitor). Have you ever been tested for color-blindness? If not, it might be worth talking to your doctor or to an optometrist.

~Terry
11/14/2009 11:26:48 PM · #10
Uhhh... guys? A screen capture won't show you what her calibration looks like! The computer captures the coded values of the pixels, NOT the profile-shifted view she sees. Try it: change your profile to some wacky color and take a screen grab. When you change your profile back, the captured image will look normal, so we're seeing her screen with OUR profiles applied.

Penny, if you're seeing green your calibration is almost certainly off. Try one of these. Better still, get a hardware calibrator (Huey, Spyder, etc.).

Message edited by author 2009-11-14 23:59:57.
11/15/2009 12:05:42 AM · #11
When I upgraded to CS3 it didn't have Adobe Calibrator installed. So I extracted it from an older version and now have a stand alone Adobe Calibrator and it works great. I know it not as good as a hardware tool but good enough.

I doesn't hurt to have the latest video driver installed as well.

Message edited by author 2009-11-15 00:06:14.
11/15/2009 09:35:37 AM · #12
That was the point. If somehow, the default colors were switched by some sort of program, the screen capture would have revealed that. Since the screen capture revealed the light gray color, then either a software calibration is off, or there is a problem with the monitor (or settings) itself.

Originally posted by scalvert:

Uhhh... guys? A screen capture won't show you what her calibration looks like!
11/15/2009 10:37:13 AM · #13
//www.toledo-bend.com/colorblind/Ishihara.asp

Message edited by author 2009-11-15 10:37:19.
11/15/2009 11:54:52 AM · #14
I'm still working on trying to figure this out. I can see all the numbers in the color blind test below.
My video driver is definitely current. This was a great monitor six years ago but maybe I need to upgrade.
I will try still another calibration tool first. Thanks for the help!

Message edited by author 2009-11-15 11:56:46.
11/15/2009 12:06:06 PM · #15
Take a picture (with your camera) of your monitor with DPC site on it, and make sure you see the same colors on the LCD screen of the camera and the monitor (the white balance could be wrong while taking the photo and hence make the photo of the monitor actually look different from the monitor itself, so If needed adjust the right white balance on your camera). Then post the unedited photo here. This way we can tell you if your eyes are kind of "defective" or otherwise it's your monitor which is defective...
11/15/2009 12:27:31 PM · #16
Originally posted by PennyStreet:

I'm still working on trying to figure this out. I can see all the numbers in the color blind test below.
My video driver is definitely current. This was a great monitor six years ago but maybe I need to upgrade.
I will try still another calibration tool first. Thanks for the help!


Hi Penny!
There are different levels of color blindness not measured by that little test. I found out my husband was slightly color blind when he couldn't see the green in our granite tile - he thought it was gray, and he could read all the numbers in that little test posted above. While this is just the opposite of your problem, it shows that there are different kinds of color blindness and you may see colors a little differently..... or there is a problem with your monitor. Hope you get this sorted out as it does affect the way you edit your pictures and view others images.
Good Luck!
11/15/2009 12:58:07 PM · #17
Why dont you just get a friend to look at the screen and tell you what they see?
11/15/2009 01:26:03 PM · #18
Originally posted by marcusvdt:

Take a picture (with your camera) of your monitor with DPC site on it, and make sure you see the same colors on the LCD screen of the camera and the monitor...

Good idea.
11/15/2009 01:58:24 PM · #19
It must be something on your end. The website uses "background: rgb(221, 221, 221)" which is gray. Could be calibration or your eyes. You could always try opening PhotoShop or something similar and filling a square with the same numbers.

Also, why don't you try posting what you think is gray?
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