ugh it's called led backlighting and last time I checked any pc targeted brand used it too, mostly because it allows going extra bright and it's really energy efficient.
Originally Posted by sparksel
macbook screens come with pretty horrid color calibration by some reason, but it has nothing to do with brightness.
you need to calibrate your screen.
depending on your screen's vendor, it might come with good (like hi-end dell screens), okay (any consumer level screen) or bad (most laptops, apple included) default settings, and calibration will help with making accurate color decisions.
(which will benefit your prints too)
second, hardware calibrators can measure and tweak your screen's luminance - and proper luminance is the thing you're missing, thus the dark prints;
typical recommended values for doing print work are around 80 cd/m2, while on-screen digital only content is better done with 130 - 140 cd/m2
(this might sound a bit unclear, but calibrating software gets it sorted quite quickly; what you need to know is that 140 cd/m2 is about 75 % max brightness on a current apple display; 80-90 cd/m2 is roughly half of max possible brightness.
things like led backlighting allow much higher maximum brightness than older screen models have done - which is what sparksel probably refers to - but printing has not really changed in that regard for like 20 years or so.)
and you don't need to mess around with cmyk unless you're working with a printing company and they can send you their own printing profiles for some diy color proofing.
it's not anything accurate, and home printers are actually supposed to print directly off rgb.
Last edited by ikken; February 26th, 2013 at 08:47 PM.
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