CRT or TFT - for digital imaging

  minter 20:52 28 Aug 2003

I do a lot of digital photography/imaging and am going to update my monitor. At present I have a 17" CRT but am thinking of going for a 19" monitor.

I have been told by a couple of friends that a TFT monitor is no use for the likes of Photoshop, and to purchase a CRT.

Does anyone know why I should not purchase a TFT screen.

Is it worthwhile increasing from 17" to 19", or a waste of money.

  minter 20:58 28 Aug 2003

Oops, sorry - wrong forum.

  wee eddie 21:06 28 Aug 2003

TFT's have a more limited control of tone and colour, which may be critical when you are working on a digital presentation.

CRT's, my advertising are hard at work in the back office. TFT's are only for Receptionists

  hssutton 22:05 28 Aug 2003

I've been using PS for the past few years, now on PS7. 90% of my PC work is photographic based, I switched from a 19" Nec CRT to a 17" TFT and I just love it, Mind you all my work is non-professional.

  Patr100 00:28 29 Aug 2003

If you are workjng in a professional field where accurate calibration and prediction of colour is important then a good CRT will probably have the advantage but for general everyday use you will probably not notice the difference.

  Filch 13:13 29 Aug 2003

With a TFT you will probably find it difficult to get the screen image and the print image to match and it won't be consistant from image to image. A CRT can be calibrated to match. Calibration programmes can be expensive, but Adobe Gamma which comes with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements does a good job. But each paper you use must be calibrated. A TFT can't be calibrated. However, with a bit of trial and error a TFT can be used with acceptable results. Much depends on the TFT and the printer being used. This assumes you are using Windows - if using Apple and Photoshop there won't be much of a problem, if any.

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