I am working on a 300+ page book that contains a lot of photos that I have converted from color to grayscale in photoshop. I am using a laptop computer and I cannot judge the quality of the photos on this laptop monitor. What is the best monitor for gauging what the finished product will look like? It is a hardcover book that will be offset printed. I do not know if this particular printer uses computer-to-plate technology or if it is "old style." Thanks!
If you are talking about judging the tonality of the grayscale images there are 2 color profiles that affect the display of a grayscale image. The monitor's profile-- the profile that is created when the monitor is calibrated and describes your monitor's display. And the gray profile that is assigned to the image, if no gray profile is assigned Photoshop's working gray profile is used. By default it is 20% Dot Gain. The accuracy of your grayscale image display depends on how accurate your monitor profile is and the accuracy of the gray profile. You can choose the default 20% Dot Gain but it might not be the press profile.
Makes sense. Thanks so much!