Choosing The Best Screen For Design, Art & Photography

Design is thoughts made visual and to get the best out of your creation, you need the best monitor that you can afford. When you are a photo-editor, graphic designer or an illustrator, you can’t grab just any monitor off the shelf. Anybody who is into digital art will know the importance of having a well-calibrated monitor that is high on performance and resolution. There are several options available, but you need to know your requirements before you choose. Not every LCD monitor will suit your needs and add life to your creations.

Even though we are attached to our phones and tablets, for creative work to be showcased at its best, a good display is essential. So for anyone working or starting to work with colour-critical imagery, UX, graphic design, branding or advertising, here are 4 things to look for while buying a screen.


Colours and gray-scale

Colours are the bread and butter of all designers, especially creating the right colours. So, having the right monitor will help generate the right colour, giving the designer the right perception to create the perfect image. Regular LCD monitors lack the ability to produce the right colours proving to be a drawback. It is important to calibrate your monitor to produce the most accurate colours.  The screen should have a look-up table value of 10-12, 12-14 bit, in order to be able to calibrate often. Multiple calibrations helps you get 99% RGB accuracy.

The right viewing panel

Screens these days can be either LCD or LED, which is based on TFT technology. However, there are various other options available within the sub-categories, such as IPS, which produces LCD panels and can create accurate and consistent colour from all angles. Also, AMVA has an extra-high contrast ratio, which creates less colour washout as compared to previous technologies. Besides the TFT technology, the bit value also makes a difference. A 10-bit panel can create more than one billion colours, which will be the perfect tool for all your colour correction needs.

Picking the right size

A screen size between 24-inches to 27-inches is a good option, but a 32-inch monitor ups the game. A 32-inch screen is not only great for people working with video and VFX, but also for graphic designers and UX developers to compare their work with ease.

Certain BenQ monitors, such as the BL3201PT designer monitor, which has a unique dual-aspect ratio feature enabling the 32-inch screen to be divided into two 19-inch displays with a 4:3 or 5:4 viewing area.


Changing Resolutions

Another key factor while choosing is the screen resolution. As a digital artist, you are probably looking for a screen that has a native resolution of at least 1920×1080 (Full HD) or even higher. A quad HD (QHD) resolution will produce 3K (2560×1440 pixels) or 4K Ultra HD resolution (3480X2160 pixels). An upgrade of this type will ensure higher pixel density during the editing process.

Price is right

A key factor in choosing a monitor is the price. Unfortunately, high-end, good quality screens are don’t come cheap. However, picking the right brand for your needs can bring the cost down considerably. But try not to shave too much of the price or you may end up compromising on quality.
Choosing the right screen will bring your visuals to the forefront. Here are few models that help soar your design dreams- Dell UP2516D, Dell UP2716D or NEC PQ272W (99% Adobe RGB); ASUS PA279Q.

Pick your favourites or shop around for your perfect fit and begin creating.

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by techtalks @TechTalks February 7, 2017 12:44 PM UTC


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