Work Environment

Light Work with subdued and consistent lights. Overly bright lights make the monitor appear dim and reflect light off the monitor. Dim lights can make the monitor appear overly bright and lead to eye fatigue as they move from the monitor to adjacent objects. Variations in room liqht will also chanqe the appearance of imaqes . . ,

A monitor hood is effective on your monitor. Standard 60-100-W tungsten at blocking room light bulbs are good room lights. You will also need a good, bright light for viewing your prints near your monitor. See section "Components of a Good Print" on page 108. You can also keep reflected light off of your monitor by buying or making a monitor hood.

Colors Use boring, gray colors for your computer desktop. You should set the colors of the computer screen to be mostly neutral (grays, black and white); vibrant colors on the monitor make it difficult for you to accurately perceive colors.

On Windows, open the Display Properties from the control panel; set the Appearance to Windows XP style and the Silver color style.

On Mac OSX, run the System Preferences app and select the Appearance preference. Choose the "Graphite" appearance.

Finally, keep overly vibrant and distracting colors away from your direct field of view. Your walls don't need to be flat gray, but avoid hot pink. (Many professions do use light gray walls.)

Gray color schemes

The colors of your work environment are more important than the specific adjustments for your monitor.

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