[Chimera-users] Consistency of surface color

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon May 5 11:31:47 PDT 2008

On Mon, 5 May 2008, Bui  Khanh Huy wrote:

> I have a problem with color consistency on Chimera. The surface color of
> my model from my Windows server is different than that from my linux
> server. Even when I connect from home to the linux server, the color
> render is also different from those two above. I use the same session
> for all of them but the color comes out quite different on different
> machines. Is there anyway to avoid this inconsistency?
> Regards,
> Huy

In general, the colors you observe on the screen will be different on 
different computers.  If you want them to be the the same, you need to use 
the the same monitor in the same ambient light conditions.  Even two 
different monitors of the same model give different results.

To improve the color consistency of your monitors, you need to calibrate 
them using a colorimeter.  See the wikipedia articles on color 
mananagement[1] and color calibration[2] for more information.  Using a 
color management system and color profiles helps match colors when you 
print too.

 	Good luck,

 	Greg Couch
 	UCSF COmputer Graphics Lab

[1] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_management>
[2] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_calibration>

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