PeanutPip Posted August 18, 2016 Share Posted August 18, 2016 (edited) Hi- So I needed to get a new computer because mine was having issues. We ordered the iMac with the 5K retina display. After setting it all up, I calibrated using the Spyder4Elite HD. The monitor calibrated at much brighter than my old one. I figured with the 5K display, that had something to do with it. I turned down the brightness by a notch or two anyway, as it was just too bright for my eyes. I began editing away and loving the results. I finished a few sessions and before I order my clients' prints, I decided to order a few test prints. I ordered form ProDPI, my normal lab (I also ordered from Miller's & Artsy Couture just to see their results), but ProDPI is my go-to lab for most prints and products. The test prints just came back and they are dark and dull. So I turned down my monitor brightness to match. But now the images on the screen are also dark and dull, naturally. When I bring the monitor brightness back up, they are bring and full of light (and yes, I understand the difference between the LCD monitor and a print) but now I'm trying to adjust my already edited images to have the brightness and luminosity they had before I turned down the monitor. What is the best approach to BRIGHTEN the images, without washing them out?? I'm trying all sorts of adjustment layers and various actions for brightening and bringing up mid-tones, but I feel like everything just looks too washed out or too warm. I don't want to simply lighten them up or warm them up, but want them to have the BRIGHTNESS they do when the monitor is turned up. Edited August 18, 2016 by PeanutPip Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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