What have I done?

I finally managed to upload my site today:

www.rogermonroephoto.com

I’ve since reduced the background size from what you see here- yeah it’s huge.

I’m most concerned about the grey, washed out low contrast look that permeates all of the pages. Because it is on the entire page and not just the photos (which were converted to srgb) , I’m assuming it’s not a color profile issue…Did I have something else set incorrectly in the inspector?

Some possible clues…

• Looks great on my work monitor, a calibrated NEC 2690 ( Spectraview ), but horrid on every other monitor. This includes PB, MBP and Cinema displays. The box is a mild off white which looks grey in many instances.

• The site was begun under FW 4 and finished in FW5

Is there any other info that would help to sleuth this issue?

Your assistance is much appreciated.


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I had a look at one of your images in photoshop (I don’t know how you have made them) and I get a vastly different result if I do an auto light balance with my setting in photoshop. I then export tit via save for web and save it as a .jpg yours at the moment are .jpeg
I have sent you the image I did and the settings to your email address have a look and see if that makes a difference.
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Max,

Thank you for your efforts with the images. The one you adjusted and emailed looks better on my MBP. This is the correction that I would have made.

However I still think that the issue is a global one, as the entire page including graphic elements, suffers from the contrast degradation. Are you seeing that on your monitor, or is it just the images?

The site and images are perfect on my monitor, but not on any other. Is it possible that this is because I’m working on a wide gamut monitor by chance?

As for my image workflow, it is as follows:

• export as tif from Aperture into PS for final sharpening etc.
• convert to 8 bit, and to srgb (from Adobe rgb), save. I do not export as "save for web- FWIW
• import into FW5 as a tif.- not jpeg.

On that point, what is the difference between .jpg and .jpeg ?

Lastly, here are the settings of the pages.

The central box is a:

• jpeg
• bilinear, progressive, Anti-alias, and Alt text are all checked.

I know what progressive does, I think I know what Anti-alias does, but I’m not sure what Alt text and bilinear do…

Thank you


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I would say if all looks great on your Mac but on no other mac/pc then you really need to view your webwork with something like a general set up.
I have all my macs calibrated but when it comes down to exporting any images intended for the web, I always view and adjust those images with the intended audience in mind
and in my case its generally PC people with IE6 or 7
that’s why I tend to use Photoshop so when I export to web I view the output in a split screen with one side set to standard windows colour.
At least its going to give me a fairly good idea of how people will see the end result.
The difference between jpg and jpeg is an extra e… :o) the actual file is the same as far as I know, unless you start exporting to jpeg 2000 which is not supported by browsers as far as I know.
Its just my preference to make all file extension the standard 3 letters like png and gif. Other people will probably know the ins and outs of the extension convention so I will leave it to the experts on that one though if you are interested here is a link that describes image or graphic file formats.

alt text is what you would like to see if the image is not seen (if you turned off images in the browser) or what you would like search engines to read. For example image.1.jpg means absolutely nothing but imac.jpg does and so may help with search engines.
Bilinear is just the way the application smoothes out textures or edges when you enlarging or reducing the image.


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IE- uggh… :slight_smile:

I have another monitor that I can hook up to my graphics card. I assume that “windows colour” is plain old sRGB?

Is there an advantage to “save for web”? I plead ignorance.

Speaking of IE, the white box that the images live in, did not show up on my wife’s Pc (IE) at work. Any ideas why?

Thanks again


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