Hello! I am a graphic design student and I have two very big problems that I could use help with. I've already tried to fix it myself and I've been all over the Internet (it could be that I haven't asked the right questions). If I can solve this without having to replace parts or spend money, I'd be eternally grateful to you guys as I am the steretype of broke college student.
1. I use multiple computers when I'm working on projects. My laptop has a fixed resolution of 1600 by 900 and will ONLY use widescreen resolutions--it won't let me adjust that. It has an AMD graphics card (or software--not sure which). This results in two headaches: if I draw something on here, save it to a flash-drive, then put it into a school computer, the image is elongated and everything appears stretched out horizontally. If I draw something on the school computer and then bring it home, the image is vertically too skinny. I suspect that they use a 16 x 10 resolution since all the monitors are very big. Is there some sort of workaround I can use to make my images look the same or almost the same across multiple computers? The software I primarily use is GIMP though I also use Adobe programs occasionally. I understand that aspect ratio is a big player in this as it's 1:1.78 or something--the trouble is knowing where and how to compensate for that.
2. My screen frequently pales out colors. I have tried adjusting my colors, gamma, brightness, and so forth both through AMD's "Control Center" and through the Windows configuration, but I can't get the colors to be consistent. If anyone has specific numbers on what I need to type in there, I'd greatly appreciate that--I definitely want to see the same thing my clients are seeing and it would probably result in less eyestrain. Again, even if I can only adjust GIMP itself and not the rest of the computer, that would be okay, too. The biggest offenders are fleshy and earthy tones--many of the people I draw on the laptop appear sickly and pale even if their colors are quite rich on the other ones.