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[EDIT: Solved. Apparently you can "calibrate the monitor" (I will continue using this in technology-illiterate quotes, as I am dubious about this foreign term being an actual thing that people know about), which fixed my issue. I wanted to use it in Web mode, which made the pictures look right, but it cast this heavy blue sheen over everything. My brother showed me how to dial that down, and the shade immediately went away and seems to have made the internet browseable again. Will the "screencap happy" tag ever get used again? DOUBTFUL. Stupid inconsistent color displays. I don't know how people fearlessly create Photoshop masterpieces all the time when apparently YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT WILL LOOK TO OTHER PEOPLE.]

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Quick question: please go my journal itself and tell me if the subject lines are black or gray. I genuinely can't remember but I don't want the hassle of switching monitors again right now, and I'm convinced this is yet another error with my horrible new monitor (I've gone back to using my TV for the past week, but it's such a pain in the ass to have to switch it out so I can actually watch TV that I'm trying to course-correct. Only every time I go back, it looks worse).

Seriously. This thing hurts my eyes. It's like even the text is fuzzy and pixelated to the point where I can see, like, shadows of color lines. I've messed with all kinds of brightness/contrast options, but it remains infuriating that pictures with dark colors are so black you can't even see what's happening unless the brightness is at about 80, but then everything else looks utterly washed out until you dial it down to 20. The two sets of pictures I'm comparing have identical brightness/contrast when viewed through my original monitor and my TV-as-monitor. This should not be happening.

Oh! While you're here, would you take a look at this this pic and tell me what the contrast looks like to you?

Now compare it to this version, which is how much I had to lighten it just to make it look normal to me/the same way it did when I posted it originally.

And then tell me which one looks better to you.

Original version
Second version
They're about the same


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 20th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
The subject lines are gray. The contrast on the original version of the photo is a little darker, but I think it looks perfectly all right.
Mar. 20th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
Thanks - I think they were always gray (I know my sidebar tags are), I just temporarily lost my mind. Appreciate your comments on the picture differences.
Mar. 20th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
Subject lines are gray. The original version looks dark to me. The second one looks better IMO. With your computer monitor, did you ever check to see if you were viewing things in the appropriate resolution? (I'm guessing yes, but just in case not, I thought I'd bring it up)
Mar. 20th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
Damn. Now I'm afraid to ever post pictures again since clearly you have all upgraded to crazy high tech features.

I did have the right resolution on here. But on the bright side, while writing this I called in Mr. Computer Wizard brother to demand explanations for this BS, whereupon I learned that you can do something called "calibrating the monitor" (I AM A TECHNOLOGY-INFIRM GRANDMOTHER) that instantly fixed all my issues. So while I remain afraid to ever post pics, at least now I can use the web again. Thanks for weighing in! I may demand more polls on picture brightness/contrast in the future.
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