|While it is wonderful that we can finally present all our beads in full color, the
frustrating truth is that the color that you see on your computer screen is most likely
not the true color of the bead. Why is this? Well, there are many factors - here are just
- Are you using a Mac or a Windows machine (or something else)? Each platform tends to
render colors differently.
- What color bit-depth is your computer set to? If it is set to 16 colors, you are
absolutely not seeing the correct colors. If you are viewing at 256 colors, you might be
seeing something close. If you are viewing at more than 256 colors, you have the best
chance of viewing colors correctly.
- What are the brightness and contrast settings of your monitor? These can make images
appear much brighter or darker. Also, if your monitor has a color temperature setting,
this can also make a huge difference (if you see a setting which is usually 6500K or 9300K
then you've found it). We use a setting of 6500K when we scan and process the images.
- We are not graphic professionals. We scan most of our beads quickly and do minimal color
correction. Basically, we're trying to give you a good idea of what the bead looks like.
Transparent and greasy colors can be particularly difficult because the scanner light is
very intense which causes the bead to appear to be brighter than it actually is. We try to
compensate for this when required.
OK, now that we know the colors are inaccurate, what about the size? In almost all
cases, we are making no attempt to match the image size to the bead. In fact, we
deliberately increase the size for seed beads so that you can see the colors. It's really
tough to see the color of a 13/0 bead on a computer screen if the image is true-size.
Also, your platform makes a difference again. Macs use 72 dpi and Windows uses 96 dpi.
This means that the same image will appear to be one size on a Mac, and another size on a
Windows box. Your resolution settings in relationship to your monitors physical resolution
will also be a factor. Basically, don't trust any of the images as far as size is
concerned. Trust the product description instead.