In This Chapter
^ Setting up your work environment ^ Getting rid of visual distractions ^ Testing and optimizing your hardware ^ Calibrating your monitor efore you start a massive makeover of your images in Album, you might consider first taking inventory of your work area to see if it's conducive to image editing. I mean, you (or a delegate) spent a considerable amount of time setting up your computer, digital camera, and scanner to perform their assigned tasks, right? Similarly, consider setting up your workspace as an extension of your imaging equipment.
Not convinced? Well, let me add that setting up your workspace is free, easy, and takes very little time. I guarantee you'll get better-looking images as a result. As an added bonus, I throw in a couple of other tips in this chapter that help you manage your image-editing workflow.
After you have your workspace in ship shape, it's time to make sure your monitor is calibrated. The second step in working with digital images is to make sure that what you are seeing on-screen is as accurate as it can get. After that's been done you can move on to viewing, editing and sharing your photos with confidence.
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