So I got a second monitor and it's color greatly differs from my current one. The new one is a Samsung PLS monitor, the older one an ASUS model (no idea which); both have a Full HD resolution, the first one is connected over HDMI, the latter over DVI. Both are in a ~200 € price range, so no professional design monitors with fully adjustable displays.
At first sight, my old monitor looked better in comparison (much more vibrant, generally a bit brighter; also, this might have just been the force of habit). However, this one has several display modes, of which the 'scenery mode' was selected. In the 'standard mode', the overall look is much closer to the new monitor. So I'm assuming this scenery mode just adds some vibrance and similar adjustments to make the picture look better for consumers - which might not be what I want for design work.
By adjusting both monitors manually, I got both to look somewhat similar, which means less vibrance and saturation than I'm used to. However, I'm kind of confused now, I'm actually not sure if these settings are actually better for design work than the 'scenery mode' which subjectively looks better to me.
Not sure how to put it into words, but here are my questions:
- Is it beneficial to adjust my two monitors so that both look roughly the same? Or should I adjust both individually so that they 'look best'? (This way, I would actually see how my design looks on different monitors, wouldn't this be beneficial at least for screen design? I don't do print design anyway ...)
- How do I know which settings are 'best'? I can of course adjust my old monitor to fit my new monitors appearance, but how can I know what are the correct settings - if such a thing even exists - without some kind of reference? How far can I trust my subjective perception? (I ran the 'calibrate display colour' helper provided by Windows 10 on both monitors, but that didn't help that much. I've cranked up the brightness of my new monitor, but the background of this page, for example, still looks kinda grey-ish even though it's close to white ... or that might just be my perception, because I'm used to the vibrant and brightened scenery mode of my old monitor ... I'm so confused.)
- I have an nVidia GTX 970. In the Control Panel's colour options, I can choose between 'Other applications control colour settings' and 'Use nVidia settings'. If I choose the latter, I can adjust Brightness, Contrast and Gamma on OS-level (as opposed to the monitor settings itself). Is that a good idea or should I always leave the other applications in control, as to not interfere with Creative Cloud Software?
Sorry I know those questions are kind of convoluted, I'm just confused because I never had a second monitor to work with and now I'm not even sure I can trust my own perception, so I have no idea how to find optimal settings ...