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Viewing Colors

Why Do My Fabrics Not Look Like My Screen??

If you use two monitors, you may have noticed that one monitor shows color a bit differently than the other. On one screen the fabric may look brown, on another it may appear to have a red tint.

 

 

So why does this happen? The answer comes down to four things:

1) Pixels – tiny dots in digital imaging that come together to form a picture

2) RGB color– red, green, and blue pixels that come together to produce a variety of new colors

3) Bit depth – the number of bits used to indicate the color of a single pixel; the higher the bit depth, the more RGB pixels on the screen and the more accurate the color

4) Display resolution – the number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed


The pixels are in some pattern of red, blue, or green depending on the bit depth, a.k.a. how many can fit on the screen. If one monitor has a higher bit depth than the other, it will affect the resolution, which in turn, affects how visual content, namely color, shows up on the screen.

Why is the Color of the Same Image Different When Displayed on a Laptop and Mobile Device?

The same image will look different on a laptop and mobile device because the resolution is different on both devices. The visual dimensions of the display vary depending on the size of the screen.

The pixel size for a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, for instance, is 1440 x 2960. On a 13-inch MacBook Pro, on the other hand, it's 2800 x 1800. The Samsung is way smaller than the MacBook, so the pixels can only take up so much space. That difference is naturally going to make an image look a different color on each screen.

The age of the screen will also play a part in your color viewing. We have noticed as computers age the color seems to be less accurate. If the exact shade is important we recommend viewing the fabric of interest on a few different screens before making your purchase.

What Does This Have To Do With Fabric?

We use Apple products to take photos and upload directly to the website to eliminate contamination from many upload sites like Dropbox or Google drive.

As always, you are welcome to email us for more pictures if you want a better view.