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how to find out the correct color

I work with dual monitors.  My MacBook Pro laptop and then an additional Gateway monitor.  When I view colors in on one computer it is different on the other computer.  How can I find out what the true color is and what my audience will be viewing when they view my website.

For instance on my Gateway monitor the default canvas color looks gray but on my MacBook Pro its look more tan.
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brightsusan
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ConUladhCommented:

The gatway monitor is hooked up to the macbook, correct? I ask because you refer to 2 computers but only describe one (the macbook)

The displays will never match, have a look at the attached article:

http://installingcats.com/2008/05/20/led-screen-color-balance-macbook-pro/
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brightsusanAuthor Commented:
Your are correct, I have the Gateway as an additional monitor hooked up to my MacBook Pro.

So are you saying that I should "trust" the Gateway monitor for the correct color?  I just want to make sure that whatever color I design it to be is what it actually appears to everyone else.

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Everyone else has monitors that vary in color.  I have at least 20 of them and no two are the same.  Even two that are the same make and model are slightly different.  If color is Really important, then you may need to view your images on more than one monitor to see what happens to them.

I don't know how well it works with modern flat screen monitors, but Adobe does have a color calibration process and software.  Here is a link to their PDF: http://www.adobe.com/education/pdf/cib/ps7_cib/ps7_cib17.pdf   Color calibration and management can be a big problem sometimes.  It's even more important in printing.  I believe Pantone is the 'world standard' in print color: http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/index.aspx
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