I'm doing a Web site for a friend which is basically a Flash module that loads and displays a gallery of her paintings (she's an artist). For the type (that appears in the nav bar links, her biography, and so on), she'd really like to use this brownish-gray color that she has picked out.
I matched the type using the color picker in Photoshop and created the Flash object, but now the type is not looking right on different laptops. (She created the type on her Mac, and I use Windows, so that may be part of the issue.)
I realize that, on the Web, designers cannot control how pages will be rendered, what the settings and resolution are of users' browsers, and so on. Not to mention the fact that none of our computers have been calibrated or anything. But are there any tricks that I should know about that will help at least get the color as close as possible among different browsers? I'm mostly a programmer, not a designer at all, so I'm wondering if I'm missing something obvious.
Thanks in advance...
Check out the save for web color shift issue and how to fix it. This may or may not be your issue, but everyone developing for web should use these settings.
All monitors are different and display colors and values differently. Even from one OS to another. There may nothing you can do about except for find a happy medium.
I assume that some graphic is in that color. If that's the case it's important that you use the same color working space. If she uses for example adobeRGB and you convert the image to sRGB then there will be some color shift.
I recommend you to read this article on Theme Forest.
However if it's not the image, why won't you just use the hexadecimal representation of this color? Ask her for this.