Sunday, June 9, 2019

A Nearly Undetectable Revamp

Another mildly painful lesson I’ve had to learn over the years is that the color controls on a display are frequently set wrong.

Most phones and tablets do not offer the ability to adjust things like the hue, contrast, and saturation. As a result, the manufacturers had to correctly calibrate their displays during production. Since phones usually got it right, I had been using them for color balancing my images.

But computers and TV’s have displays that are supposed to be adjusted by the user, unfortunately the user frequently does not do this. I’m not sure if this is due to technophobia, a lack of aesthetic, or a devotion to trolling at the deepest levels, but a lot of people insist on looking at badly calibrated screens.

When viewing my comic on other people’s monitors, I frequently noticed that the color saturation levels were far too high. Initially I dismissed the issue as a few isolated issues that I could safely ignore. In my hubris I surmised that the bumpkins simply didn’t know how to adjust their monitor correctly, and blew it off.

Well I’m not blowing it off anymore. When the idiots outnumber you, you need to take their deficiencies into account.

Earlier this year, I started desaturating my comics prior to posting them. It was a rather brutal 40% reduction in the color level, but something had to be done to ensure future viewers would not be subjected to the intense color bleeding caused by their own malfeasance.

Maybe you noticed the change, but one thing I’ve noticed is a sharp decline in people who wrinkle their nose at mere sight of the comic. Perhaps I finally stumbled upon one of my own deficiencies, and I’m finally starting to see where I was wrong.

No, I’m not about to ramp up the saturation levels on my monitor, but I am going to make sure that I check my work on multiple monitors from now on. I also took the liberty to desaturate the entire “Pathos in the Plumbing” series. I even edited the older posts so that everything was more behaviorally uniform.

I also changed the menu link for “Pathos in the Plumbing”, but there’s still a slight problem. Over time the link becomes obsolete and has to be updated. I’ve asked for help with this one in various forums, but the answers I get are never helpful.

Well, I hope I didn’t bore you too much with this week’s rant. I really didn’t feel like getting anything off my chest, so instead you got to read my whining about website woes.


Kudos

This week’s jokes were contributed by George. He recently had some health issues, but he says he’s doing well, and I look forward to getting many more jokes from him in the future. Just another thanks to Glenn and TOR for pitching in. Flush Twice is always in search of new jokes. Our submission page is one way to contribute, but my email, flush2x@gmail.com, is also a great way to send me the jokes.

Many thanks to all who have helped out.

Pax,

-f2x

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