I am hoping someone can help me better understand color calibration, specifically, how to manage oversaturation.
I'm new to color management and this has been a ver frustrating last few weeks. I got a new IPS panel, 27", 8-bit monitor (Viewsonic 2770) to use with my older laptop (2010 macbook air), for pro photo editing (I know I need a better laptop). I calibrated the monitor using a Spyder 4 pro, but it never seemed to look right (though I've been used to my MBA screen). At first there was a visible green cast, which diminished when I played with the ambient light. Then I finally had to play with user color after calibration and tune down the reds and greens a touch because the colors seemed way too warm. Finally, I felt I had a somewhat accurate color representation comparing to sample images and on other screens. However, the colors were way more saturated overall on this monitor than on my MBA (I use Lightroom) and the yellows, for example, appeared almost neon. I chalked it up to the MBA screen being older and perhaps undersatured, so I tuned down my images on the Viewsonic, however, when I got some prints back today from new edits on the IPS monitor, they were way undersaturated. Printing from the laptop previously had returned pretty accurate results.
Am I doing something wrong? The colors look ok on the monitor, though very bright, but terrible in print.
I've been thinking about these possibilities: When I created an ICC profile, I did it in 'native' mode. Should I have calibrated in sRGB mode? Is Lightroom using the correct color profile? I tuned up the brightness past the recommended amount a bit to edit (recommended: 180, tuned up to 200) - could this affect saturation (image darks seemed ok in the prints - only colors were dull)? Gamma is 2.2 as recommended, 6500 white point.Should I change these, reduce the gamma to 1.8?
PS: I used the Lightroom in-app printing service which allows you to create photobook from within Lightroom and then automatically converts, uploads, and send to Blurb, the printing service.
Any advice about how to manage oversaturation on screen, or undersaturated prints would be appreciated!