Instructor Garry T. Stasiuk
I currently use a Spyder5Elite to calibrate my Mac Retina LED Monitor.
I print on papers with known color profiles for the Canon and Epson Inkjets, and an HP LaserJet Pro. So far, pretty good!
To see how well your monitor matches the printer, use this test print file. Use the Adobe NO Color Management utilty.
Download the appropriate attached file
Print the picture, let it dry for several hours (up to 24 of them) and then compare it to your monitor…
How do you know that the color recorded by your camera is the same as you see on your monitor and in the picture you print?
It is a complex subject, books have been written about it, PHD's won, and you can spend lots of money for equipment to ensure colour accuracy.
We'll try and keep it simple. The answer is Color Profiling.
Observe the chart below
On the top bar at the left, If you cannot see different shades of black at positions 0, 1 and 2...
at the bottom right... different shades of white at 2, 1 and 0
It's time to calibrate your monitor!!!
Set the monitors Contrast to 100%, Brightness to 25%. (If those numbers don't work. Lower the contrast and brightness even more!
Below are links to three Monitor Calibration Tests from Dry Creek Photo.
This image is from The Monitor grayscale test from Dry Creek Photo.. If you see an obvious color cast...
Consider the following for a more detailed Simple Solution
Testing your monitor and setting the monitor controls
First. Make sure your monitor has been on for at least 10 minutes and darken the room where you have the monitor located. Make sure there is no window light, or room lighting reflecting on the monitor screen. Also make sure your monitor is running at it's intended native resolution. (Check the manual or search the internet using the monitor name/model number… to find out)
Simple Test Chart
Can you see each individual step?
Are the colors continuous without any breaks?
Recommendation: Set the monitors Contrast to 100%, Brightness to 25%. If those numbers don't work. Lower the contrast and brightness even more!
Really good over all article and tests can be found here...
Lagom Monitor tests
The Web Site is "The Lagom LCD monitor test pages"
Another set of tests is available at FlatpanelsHD
If you have Windows 7+, You'll find calibration software in the Control Panel
To start Display Color Calibration
Open Display Color Calibration by clicking the Start button , and then clickingControl Panel. In the search box, type calibrate display, and then clickCalibrate display color. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
In Display Color Calibration, click Next to continue.
or try this software PC only, (it's free and easy to use) called Calibrize (2.0)
In System Preferences Choose Hardware > Displays
In the requester Choose The Color Tab.
Then select the tab… Calibrate and follow the steps carefully.
Calibrating by hand/eye and software can be frustrating and time consuming.
There are different kinds of monitors. The chances are the monitor you have is a cheaper "All Purpose" type monitors, that uses a display technology called "TN" (Twisted Nematics). Better, more expensive monitors that display more and accurate colors use a technology called "In Plane Switching" (IPS). This web site, PChardwarehelp.com lists CURRENT available IPS monitors.
ALL Mac monitors use LED / IPS technology.
To get better and more consistent results you should use an IPS monitor and a calibration device that will generate a color profile that your graphics card will use to generate the correct colors for display the screen. A good calibration device will sample your computer room's ambient light and correct what you see displayed on the monitor every 10 minutes or so...
Here's what to look for…
Panel Technology You Want in a Monitor
Check out the links on the right top under "Monitors for Photography"
If you are thinking of buying a used one, make sure that it works with your Monitor! Older devices were set to work with LCD/RGB monitors, most new monitors are LED’s
$109 to $89 (Depends where you purchase it)
XRite webpage for Monitor calibration devices
Take a color test here… http://www.xrite.com/custom_page.aspx?PageID=345
$129 to $89 (Low prices Usually around Black Friday)
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