View Full Version : Judging Viewing Conditions

02-01-2012, 11:34 PM
Does anyone know if the judges always see the digital entries on a black background? Thanks.

02-02-2012, 03:42 AM
I thought that the backgrounds behind the images on the monitors were black, but then again, in thinking about it, I really never paid a lot of attention to the background while they were judging (either that or the brain cell that had that info stored in it is gone) so I don't want to put out bad info - I'll find out for you for sure and let you know.

02-02-2012, 04:09 AM
ok, thanks rick.

02-02-2012, 05:53 PM

I was on the print crew at my affiliate competition and our background was grey. I am not sure if that is the same everywhere. I hope that helps.


02-02-2012, 07:09 PM
I believe it is the same grey as it is for print.

02-02-2012, 09:56 PM
18% gray is the winning answer.

02-02-2012, 10:09 PM
...still waiting for a reply to my email to two of those who know the answer for sure...

02-02-2012, 10:14 PM
I'll ask Randy Mcneely as soon as I get back to the hotel Rick but we were discussing it this morning and I'm 99.9% sure he said 18% gray.

02-02-2012, 10:30 PM
I just couldn't remember (getting old and feeble minded) so I sent emails to Ron and Dennis to be sure. Ask Ron Nichols if he's there - he's our digital guru.

02-03-2012, 07:45 PM
I received a response today...

"It's dark gray. Probably around 75RGB."

02-03-2012, 08:06 PM
Def darker than 18% grey. At least two stops down from what you see in most print and curtain stuff.

02-03-2012, 09:59 PM
I had the question confirmed as well. I had assumed the 18% part but the gray part was right.

02-03-2012, 11:26 PM
Well, I'm always running from pillar to post at the IPC, so I'm in and out of the rooms all the time, but usually don't spend enough time in the digital room for my eyes to fully adjust - when you walk into the room from a brightly lit hallway, the background on the monitor looks very dark - nearly black - so after your eyes adjust to the dim light in the digital room, I guess the gray would become more apparent. That's why I asked our guru to confirm it...

02-09-2012, 03:03 PM
thanks, everyone. all the help here on the forum is awesome!