I was wondering if someone could help me understand why the colors of my illustrations look different on the dreamstime website....than how I actually created them.....they appear "duller"........I'm new to this....so I'd appreciate any help!
I think it could be my monitor......I use a 2008 iMac but the monitor color profile must not be as good as some newer monitor screens?......can anyone recommend a good device for calibrating my monitor?
Mac monitors are pretty good. Have you ever gone into System Preferences - Displays - Color - Calibrate? That's a good place to start and should be checked now and then before you invest in a color calibration tool/software.
If the colors look different in the application than they do in a browser IN THE SAME MONITOR, then it may not be your settings.
Are you creating your illustrations in RGB or CMYK. What color profile are you outputting to? What software are you using? How do JPEGS appear when you open them directly, say in Photoshop or macs preview window?
If you see a difference between the file you edit and the file you preview through browser online on the same monitor, than something is ignoring the color profile of your image. Usually "duller" or "desaturated" image means, that you have image in AdobeRGB color profile, but the profile is either not embedded in image, or Browser is not color managed (and ignores the profile) Color-Unmanaged browsers treat everything as sRGB so AdobeRGB image shows incorrectly... The color-managed browsers can treat AdobeRGB image as sRGB image when you do not embed the profile in your image - resulting in color shifts...
So the questions are: 1. are you embedding ICC profile in your images? 2. what browser do you use? (safari should have color management enabled, In other browsers you have to install it via plugins) 3. and last but not least :) - does DT preserve profiles while generating thumbnails?