The tips on this page will only take a few
minutes, and will assist you in
adjusting your monitor for the best internet viewing of this and other
Please note* the following tips are purely
subjective and in no way should they be considered to be a replacement
for professional calibration equipment or services, but are presented as
a guideline to better enhance the rich colors, deep tones, and fine
details that are associated with much of our artwork.
Our site was design to be viewed using the
Resolution - 1024 X 768
Color Depth - 32 bit or 16 mil
colors or True Color
Gamma Setting - 2.0 or 2.2
While the above settings are not required,
your viewing experience may be greatly enhanced by making some minor
Color depth is the number of colors your
graphics card and monitor are capable of displaying. If your monitor is
properly set, the top band will display a smooth transition from color
to color without banding or speckling like the two lower bands. If this
is not the case, or if all three bands appear the same, you will need to
increase the number of colors that your monitor displays. Generally, you
will find this setting in the "Control Panel" of your software.
Contrast and Brightness
Adjust the Contrast and Brightness levels on
your monitor to maximum. In most cases you will leave the contrast
setting on maximum and not change it again.
White Level Adjustment:
You should be able to distinguish a slight
difference between all four white point levels. If they appear the same,
turn down the contrast until all four swatches are identifiable.
Note* do not adjust the brightness for white levels.
Black Level Adjustment:
Reduce the brightness until the 0% swatch
looks black and is barely distinguishable from the 10% swatch. For
reference, the dark area around the swatches is not black. Note* do not
adjust the contrast for black levels.
While this calibration is mostly subjective,
in the two images below each square represents a standard web color. If
any of the colors do not appear accurate, you should adjust you
monitor's color / tint settings (See the manufacturers documentation if
you need assistance).
In the square below, the upper left quadrant
represents pure black and the lower right quadrant represents pure
white. The two remaining quadrants should be neutral gray.
Note* If you notice a pinkish or bluish tint
to any of the swatches that does not belong, adjust your monitors
temperature setting (again, see the manufacturer's documentation if you
** Unless you are VERY serious about
calibrating your monitor, there is no reason to adjust your monitor's
You must use software to adjust your
monitors gamma settings. Looking at the graphic below at a distance of
about ten feet, judge which swatch appears to blend most with the
surrounding background. The number associated with it is your monitors
gamma setting. It should be around 2.2. If this is not the case, and if
you wish to make gamma adjustments, we recommend consulting your system
documentation or seeking professional assistance.
For most people this is all that needs to be
done to better enjoy your display.
The text box you are viewing should appear
as a dark gray background with bold white text, while the
rest of the page should appear as dimensional shades of gray and black.