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Well for Christmas all I wanted was a calibration kit. I just wanted to be able to get my colors right on my laptop. Well, according to the salesman that my husband spoke to, it is pointless for me to calibrate my laptop monitor. That it won't really work and I won't really see much of a difference anyway. He said even with the other monitors we have it won't really be noticeable either. It would just get even more frustrating for me when editing photos. And then he said something like I'd need a good monitor that supports RGB or something like that. I don't know what he said since DH spoke to him but it was something like that. That basically I'd need a pro monitor, the really expensive kind, in order to get good results or whatever. And it won't really matter if my laptop is calibrated if I want to print photos at a local print shop. Not a professional place but a place that people can go to to print pictures if I ever practice on others, strangers. So he basically said to not waste my money on a calibration kit because it's not going to work because I shouldn't be editing photos on my laptop anyway but on a computer with a good monitor. He also talked to DH about printers because we have a photo printer, it's not professional but I get great pictures printed with it and I just printed out my christmas pictures and they turned out great! I don't get it. It's so stupid. My bubble burst. Now I honestly do not know what I want for Christmas because I was looking forward to getting calibrated so that I can edit and re-edit and basically finish editing pictures all the way back to September. :-? Ugh! I am not happy at all. Now I have to think of what else I might want for xmas. All I wanted was the kit. Sad *sigh* Oh well! Hopefully after christmas I'll start editing again and share pictures with you all again. But I hope you don't mind about my colors. It might be off by a bit or something. I don't even know anymore. The whole colors thing has been so frustrating for me and I just have to realize that my pictures aren't going to look great on all monitors no matter what. thanks for reading.

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I am sorry. I don't know if what he said was true or not. Our new laptop- the colors look AMAZING compared to any computer I have seen. :confused:

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as for laptops, I edit on a laptop and I think my pix look fine, most of the time, and I'm not calibrated. I only worry about brightness. If anything you can try a couple different print labs and see if any of them match and go with them. I was also told calibrators only adjust luminance on a laptop and nothing else if that helps you any :confused:

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I think he was being a typical sales person. Of course he is going to tell you, it better to get the more expensive stuff instead of a calibration kit. I edit pictures on my laptop and has not had any problems. I have not calibrated my monitor tho but I know it can be done.

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I guess my colors are ok. I mean, my own printer prints them out ok and the colors are always fine. It is only when I go to like a 1 hour photo place (that also you can send out) that I get my pictures back really red or just really warm. Think of something like wal-mart but not so cheap. I just go to the mall, to the photo place there. But I know those aren't the best places to go print your pictures, the big and nice and special ones anyways. Maybe snapshots are ok if you never edit them and just go and click and order. I don't get it though. I feel like I need to be calibrated in order for my pictures to be done "the right way". I don't know. It's just been talked about a lot on here and have been told that I *need* to be calibrated. It's kind of frustrating.

I know the guy was trying to be a salesman but he didn't pressure or even try to sell a monitor to us because we might be moving to the usa in a couple years. He said to just save up our money and buy one after we move. So I don't think he was trying to make a sale, I don't know though. Maybe he was and was disappointed. lol

Just kind of sucks not knowing if my colors are right or not. That's why I asked once if there is any way I can know if I am calibrated or not. Like some online test or something. And then someone said that if you haven't calibrated your monitor through one of those kits, then you aren't calibrated. See how frustrating it is??? I quit. Screw colors :-? I'll just go with what my eyes tell me and hope its good enough for everyone.

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So, was he trying to sell your DH a more expensive monitor instead??? It's absolutely rediculious to say that a calbration system won't improve your monitors.

Now...I have to say, I don't trust the colors on my laptop, but my calibration system isn't that great with laptop monitors...but it does a great job on my two desktop LCD screens. I in no way have 'pro' monitors, just regular LCD screens on my desktop and my prints from all the pro printers are SPOT on.

He's right though....if you're printing at a local cheapo printing place, it won't matter as much since often their printers aren't color profile matched anyway.

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I actually have read the same thing about laptop monitors, although I don't know what he's talking about with the desktop monitors.... All monitors are RGB and all printers are CMYK, but you can definitely calibrate them to look the same!

One of my exes worked at Rite Aid and ran the one hour photo. The workers can edit the color of the photos if they think it needs it and I wouldn't trust a Rite Aid worker to know that! Maybe they are "fixing" your photos that don't need it?? I know when I upload pictures to Snapfish you can check a box telling them not to color correct.

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I'm sorry your Christmas wish was crushed. That stinks! I know nothing about calibration and didn't know it even existed until I came over here. I'm just not atuned to color like you gals are.

Hope you're able to find something else you want and can help you out.

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That's not true. I have a laptop and my calbration machine (the Spyder) works amazingly. It tests my brightness and adjusts it as well.

It is true though, that it won't matter if you're just going to print at a consumer lab, because they don't professionally calibrate. Your colors could turn out to be anything from them.

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another funny thing is. DH asked them how most professional photographers around here print their photos. The guy directed him toward a really super expensive printer. A huge one. And the salesman said that most pro photogs here print their own photos with those printers. Umm yeah. WHCC delivers internationally too. A bit more expensive but they do it. I am thinking there has to be some prolab around here somewhere that I don't know about yet. I'm sure pro's don't print their pictures at the mall.

I don't think DH is going to get me the spyer express or anything like that at all, now that the salesman basically told him it was useless for me. Sad This really sucks ya know. I'd go down there myself to ask but it's all the way downtown and not really worth it for me. Not right now. It's so funny though...alot of people on here have said that the boards are a greenish color....they are a blueish color to me. Makes me think that maybe my colors are off. :-?

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The boards are two different colors depending on a few factors. Preg.org changed their colors a while ago and some people didn't like the color change so they made a change to their Firefox to get the old colors back.

I can't remember which colors are old and which are new, but mine are blue right now...recently they were greenish.

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when I calibrate on my laptop, I definitely see a difference ... but I don't edit pictures on it.

the color profile matters when you have it embedded in your image, and the printers use that embedded profile. so when you print your photos at home, your printer is using your system's color profile. since you have never calibrated, you're just using the default profile of your system. if your photos look good to you, then don't sweat it so much. the mall photo place won't use a color profile for their printing, so I guess that being calibrated doesn't matter as much.

however, I think it stinks that you're cheated out of your Christmas wish. Sad

the boards look to be on the bluish teal side to me. I use Firefox and haven't changed anything with it.

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the boards I would say are a light greyishblue colour, with the side bar being a bit more of a greyishbluegreen.

I know a few of the European girls on Props use WHCC for their printing