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

Mac OS:

Test image for printingPrint the picture, let it dry for several hours (up to 24 of them) and then compare it to your monitor…

A Simple Solution

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!!!

Here's How
Set the monitors Contrast to 100%, Brightness to 25%.
(If those numbers don't work. Lower the contrast and brightness even more!

More monitor tests

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... graygradient

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!

More Accurate Tests with Solutions.

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

Calibrating Your Monitor with Software.

A: For the PC:

If you have Windows 7+, You'll find calibration software in the Control Panel

To start Display Color Calibration

  1. Open Display Color Calibration by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clickingControl Panel. In the search box, type calibrate display, and then clickCalibrate display color.‌ Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  2. 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)

B: For the Mac

In System Preferences  Choose Hardware > Displays

In the requester Choose The Color Tab.

Then select the tab… Calibrate and follow the steps carefully.

The Next Step:
Get a Good Monitor
Buy Calibration Hardware.

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...

Types of Monitors

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"

Basic Calibrating Devices for Just Profiling Monitors


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

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$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)

dataColor website for Spyder5Express

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