Hey guys, I was wondering if I could get a little feedback on something that was concerning me, is my color palette too dark? It’s reeeeally hard for me to tell as I can only really see off this one monitor – which looks fine – but I am concerned that others may see my work a lot darker on their monitors.
Feedback on this would be awesome, seeing as I really have no way of knowing. If it turns out to be too dark I’ll try to keep that in mind for future works.
Awesome comic; just catching up.
The palette is a difficult question. Obviously the “dark side” ( :-D) is a sign for the comic, and it is used for good effect.
Personally I generally don’t like it, it makes for a harder read even when it looks nice, so don’t take my analysis too seriously. Comparing the first pages of the comic and the latest, there’s not much of an average difference IMO. The general hue may even be lighter due to using an increased dynamic span (which I think is the case).
_But_ it works out as darker shadows. And (half-)shadowed faces are now hard to “read” respectively may look distorted, the first and fourth frame on this page being excellent examples of each in turn. Maybe the solution is to avoid that light setting for faces specifically if possible.
I’m kind of confused, so the colors are too dark and hard to read, and the shading looks distorted? I’m not sure I understand what you are getting at.
As for my color choices, I always try to keep my knowledge of color theory in mind when I choose the palette for my images. I always try to keep them balanced, and slightly desaturated to suit the tone of the comic.
I was only really just wondering how bright the comic was on other people’s monitors…
The comic looks fine on my monitor.
Holly, sorry. No, the colors aren’t hard to read, the shadows (colors? or not) make some *faces* hard to read & look distorted. Apparently others don’t have that problem, so you just sit back and continue your poll IMHO. You are 2:1 “looks fine”, that’s fine so far, ain’t it?
(And mine is a minor ‘plaint prompted by your question, natch).
Hello Holly, the best you can do is to set and use Color Management System (CMS) on your computer. Then others who also use it will see the colors more and less the same as you do. The rest will see the colours acording to their personal color setting of their monitor and you can do nothing about it. So as long as you use Color Management System you do not need to worry about how others see your colors, becouse it will be problem of their CMS noncalibrated monitors :).
I have my monitor CMS calibrated and your colors are fine.
(P.S.: Sorry for may crappy english:))
Actually Holly – YES it is too dark! I’ve been adjusting my screen for a few minutes now, and I have to adjust it everytime I read this comic. I figured it was supposed to be that way on purpose because, well they are out in space and all, but it wouldn’t hurt to brighten the colors a bit while their in a space station like this – you know that’s probably why George Lucas had the Empire ships all with white hallways. Everyone’s uniforms are black and gray.
Yeah, I totally get what you mean. I guess I just haven’t thought about it because it looks pretty normal on my monitor. I’m keeping this all in mind for future pages. I’m just hoping at this point it is at least readable.
I’m going to reformat the comic for print anyway, so at that time I’ll brighten up the pages and overwrite the files online. I’ve already done half the comic and some of those early pages are freakin dark, lol.
This was kind of a wake up call for me, I honestly didn’t know I was making it too dark. I figured that space would be dark, but I think I can make it work a lot better if I brightened up some of the colors. The next update on monday should already look a bit better.
Right… I don’t know how CMS is implemented, but my WCS system (Vista) uses the same ICC profiles. Unfortunately I can’t play with & change the standard right now, because I need to reinstall the system to do that. (It’s Windows after all, this time it held out for 6 months before it was damaged; must be some sort of record. ) Sigh!
OK, it’s not the brightness that needs to be adjusted but the weighted luminance (gamma), which apparently draws on physiological color response to change “brightness” independently of color (“chroma”). Which is funny if this is ICC standard calibration. OTOH you never know what Microbrain/Macrosoft has implemented…
It looks just fine! The dark tone of the story and of the world is represented beautifully with this colour set.
So you should not change it, it is good.
Looks good to me! Keep it the way it is!
In my monitor it seems perfect… Not too dark to read, just dark enough to give the right ambiance ^^
About the darkness level, I think it’s fine for inside many buildings or ships (especially as I get the impression that Resistance facilities aren’t top-of-the-line, or in perfect condition, and so subject to power saving and a few burned out lights), or at night. A few bright, sunny daylight scenes wouldn’t go without appreciation though.
My only complaint would be that the backgrounds seem a bit drab. I know I’m pretty behind, so maybe you have made changes to these pages, but the comics don’t seem dark at all. Everything is easily visible for me, and I like the style (it is what caught my eye in the first place).