I’m confused and have a lot of questions.
Background: It used to be that an in-the-ballpark gamma was enough for me, but recently I began doing more art on my Tablet PC, and having no way of knowing what colors I was actually using got to be too much. I bought an i1 (eye-one) Display 2 and calibrated/profiled both my tablet and my external display. Windows 7 is now set up to use those profiles as defaults, and while I’m still having trouble with my graphics driver unloading my LUTs, I can work around it for now.
1.)Dual Monitors: Windows 7 allows me to specify a default ICC profile for both displays, but it seems to me that many applications are not able to switch back and forth as the application window is moved to one display or the other. It seems that allowing programs to choose “system default profile” actually results only in use of the profile of the primary display, causing colors to be displayed differently across monitors even if the LUTs make the desktops look the same. Is my understanding correct? And if so, is there a way to fix this?
2.)How does the LUT and color management in applications interact? The LUTs, I imagine, cause the displays to render color values in a certain way. If I now view a tagged image in a color managed program like Firefox or GIMP, do I still need to specify the ICC profile of the display being used? I would have thought so in order to tell the program how my display acts, but I’ve found that enabling a display profile seems to result in some color cast. Does using an LUT as well as a display profile result in a double application of the color correction? Yet disabling the LUT didn’t seem to fix everything, either.
3) How can I work with images created in non-color-managed applications? My favorite painting program, ArtRage, has a frustrating lack of color management. So now, with my LUTs loaded, my art looks almost identical across both displays and in un-managed programs. However, if I open the image with a color managed application like the Windows Live gallery, the colors will no longer match - not the original, which I expected, but not even across displays, either. Changing the display profile whenever I move the window to correspond to the display I’m actually viewing the image on does not result in identical colors. Is there some way I can process or tag my original image so that it can be displayed consistently with the same results as in my unmanaged program?
I’d really appreciate some help and clarification. Thanks!
[ETA: If this helps clarify: If I open a tagged sRGB file in Windows Live Photo Gallery (color managed), it looks nice on my primary display but too reddish on my secondary. But my graphics card seems perfectly capable of using independent settings for each display.]