Photoshop for Photographers

Instructor Garry T. Stasiuk

Huey Pro

I currently use a Huey Pro to calibrate my LCD Monitor and my laptop display. It only works on LCD Monitors!

I print on papers with known color profiles for the Canon i9100. So far, pretty good!

To see how well your monitor matches the printer, use this test print file. Use use the Adobe NO Color Management utilty.

Download the appropriate attached file

Mac OS:
ACPU.dmg
Windows:
ACPU.zip

See
Ink Jet Printing

Right click on the thumbnail to download the test print.

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


Calibrating 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...
and
at the bottom right... different shades of white at 2, 1 and 0
It's time to calibrate your monitor!!!

These are three Monitor Calibration Tests from Dry Creek Photo.

  1. Monitor Black Point Check
  2. Monitor Luminance Sensitivity
  3. Monitor Grayscale Test Image

This image is from The Monitor grayscale test from Dry Creek Photo.. If you see an obvious color cast... graygradient

consider the following

A Basic Simple Calibration

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

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Can you see each individual step?

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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.

Go to the web site listed below, and go through each page.  Read the information on each page carefully!

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.

C: Have a Graphics Card? ---Generate a color profile.

Most modern monitors (2007) are calibrated to use the sRGB profile.
If you have an NVidia Graphics card check out "gamma-calibration" at Logom's website...

On this page Logom has instructions for setting and fine tuning the Nvidia video card driver.

 

The Next Step: Get a Better Monitor and Buy Calibration Hardware.

Calibrating by hand/eye and software can be frustrating and time consuming.

Monitors
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 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"

Calibration Hardware

Here's a chart listing what's available, Monitor Calibration Solutions

Note:
New monitor panels use LEDs, older ones use LCD. Older calibration tools will only work on LCD monitors. And, Remember, this is just one part of your total color management scheme and check out the reviews in the right column, Profiling everything.

Monitors for Photography More Links
Monitor Profiling Only
Equipment Reviews
Terrific Video Tutorial
From Luminous Landscape

Profiling Everything
An LCD Monitor Review