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Old 12-29-2013, 12:27 PM
johnnymarch johnnymarch is offline
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Monitor Sharpness Inconsistency Issues


I am writing to try and seek some help/advice on a issue I am having with my sharpening output.

I recently picked up an ASUS PA246 which is calibrated via ColorMunki, which is connected to a MacBook Pro, which I use for all of my retouching/processing in LR5 and CS6.

Next to that screen I have a 27" iMac which I mainly use for web viewing and use, as i don't have any software installed on the machine.

My issue is that when I complete a photo, it is perfectly sharp and crisp to my taste, I upload the photo onto the web, and viewing the web on the ASUS, everything looks great.

The problem is that when I then view the photo on the web on the iMac, everything seems soft to me. Everything also seems soft on other Mac devices. Even the font on my website seems soft to me.

Is there a setting within the monitors I am missing?

I am worried that the ASUS is actually over sharpened, so that when it looks good to me, the reality of my output is soft once it leaves my hands.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Sample work can be viewed at:

Thank you
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:26 PM
Flashtones Flashtones is offline
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Re: Monitor Sharpness Inconsistency Issues

Nice work. Looks sharp on my Macbook Pro.

I'm not sure what browser you're using, but go to the view menu and make sure you're viewing at actual size. Typically keystroke: CMD+0
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:31 PM
klev klev is offline
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Re: Monitor Sharpness Inconsistency Issues

It could be differences in dithering, but your concerns aren't completely off the mark. Some displays are sharpened too much. I think over-sharpening looks worse than under done sharpening, so be careful. You can become acclimatized to one thing. I mean even if it looks too sharp on the ASUS, it will naturally look soft on others by comparison. I glanced through the work. I don't see any problems related to sharpening. I can see a lot of room for improvement, but it's not an issue of sharpening. It's more like specific stuff. One of the skintones is awfully magenta. Some arms and things detract attention from the face and eyes. Addressing those kinds of things would bring far more emphasis to the right areas than excessive sharpening. I don't really dislike them. I just wanted to point out that they don't feel soft, but there are things that could help the right parts stand out more.
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