Gee but I hope this will end up a sticky…j/k,
Really I just wanted to share with everyone the importance of a properly callibrated monitor and video card. Technically this isn’t really a painter specific issue. But that doesn’t make it not extra-important to painter users.
Here’s the deal, I’m working on my very first Painter pic, that is to say the very first one I will finish, I have plenty of unfinished digital paintings, but not a single finished one.
People kept posting in my WIPs of the piece, things i just couldn’t wrap my brain around. Things like pick a light source, and use more color. Well low and behold, I was checking out an unrelated thread and found out what was wrong, I was using painter and everything else for that matter with a video card that had the gamma set ridiculously low, so deep rich jewel tones looked black, and what I thought were deep rich jewel tones in my pic, were in fact pastels, sheer pastels. Such an obvious mistake, and yet I’m sure we have all made it at least once.
I followed a link to find the solution, and I’m sure a quick google search of how to callibrate a monitor will give you some answers, really the link I used only offered half of the solution, the monitor half. The video card half, lay in the advanced section of display properties, setup. You know the part where you set the number of colors and screen resolution. Click on advanced, and look around in there, I’m sure it must vary from video card manufacturer to video card manufacturer, but there is most definitely a section for setting the color, being hopeless without a map, I just checked link all colors, and pushed them up untill I could see a pattern of distinct shades, all the way to black, the color picker in ms paint will work for that.
After that I simply adjusted the gamma to be a little warmer, because I like a warm screen.
No this isn’t a clear and concise tutorial, I couldn’t find one of those, no mattter how hard I googled. What I’m hoping this does, is make all of us who haven’t taken a good look at our monitors and video cards, stop what we’re doing and take a good look at how they’re set up. You will save yourselves much hard work and heartbreak if you do.
Ooh, like a little public service announcement all my very own.
Wait just a second, no this doesn’t only apply to Painter, but I hope Luna will let this thread stay, and not give it the boot. The reason is simple, many people join CGTalk just for the application specific forums, and though Painter doesn’t have as many fans and users as photoshop(yet:)) it does have fans and users. Among those fans and users are people who are completely new to digital painting. I for one painted often with real paint, and these issues simply don’t apply in the real world. The other forums probably have a thread very similair to this one. I just think it’s important.
Please Luna, PM me if you have to delete this thread, or move it, I really do mean it as a way to share with fellow Painter users. It’s probably the first thing you learn when you go to school for becoming a digital artist, unfortunately, I’m having to teach myself, and I know I’m not the only one. Lots of folks are teaching themselves, everything from basic computer building and use, to how to use specific apps. Okay, you see this paragraph? If this can stay delete it, or tell me to, since it’s really asking permission, after the fact, but still asking.