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    Default How to calibrate monitor to photo

    Hi, recently i found out that the konica shop at marine parade was printing digital photos at $0.25. But the final print is different from the one seen on my monitor.

    I printed one of those calibration test pic at the shop and tried to calibrate my monitor to the shops print. However, the matte always photo has darker colors than the one seen on my monitor. eg the one on my monitor is
    @@@@@@ while the printed one is @@@@@@

    Is it possible to calibrate my monitor the exact standard as the shops output? I have tried adobe gamma and other 3rd party sofeware but still unable to get the exact color.

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    There are tonnes of threads on color calibration already.Tink u can do a search.

    Or why don't u do it the low-tech but effective way!
    - Print once.Bring it home,compare print and display.
    - USE ADJUSTMENT LAYERS. Tweak it so they are the same.
    -Save that adjustment layer in a psd file,name it ABC_lab.psd
    - Next time you are going to print at that shop, just place it into that photo before you adjust anything!

    In this way, you can customise to suit each print lab you use.
    No need Ex$$$ calibration tool, this and that..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wenjin
    Hi, recently i found out that the konica shop at marine parade was printing digital photos at $0.25. But the final print is different from the one seen on my monitor.

    I printed one of those calibration test pic at the shop and tried to calibrate my monitor to the shops print. However, the matte always photo has darker colors than the one seen on my monitor. eg the one on my monitor is
    @@@@@@ while the printed one is @@@@@@

    Is it possible to calibrate my monitor the exact standard as the shops output? I have tried adobe gamma and other 3rd party sofeware but still unable to get the exact color.
    Yes, you can calibrate to the correct colors using tools like Spyder, EyeOne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firestone
    There are tonnes of threads on color calibration already.Tink u can do a search.

    Or why don't u do it the low-tech but effective way!
    - Print once.Bring it home,compare print and display.
    - USE ADJUSTMENT LAYERS. Tweak it so they are the same.
    -Save that adjustment layer in a psd file,name it ABC_lab.psd
    - Next time you are going to print at that shop, just place it into that photo before you adjust anything!

    In this way, you can customise to suit each print lab you use.
    No need Ex$$$ calibration tool, this and that..
    Pretty neat method! Shall try and see how it goes.

    What kind of adjustment layers should we be doing? brightness, contrast, etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adzz
    Pretty neat method! Shall try and see how it goes.

    What kind of adjustment layers should we be doing? brightness, contrast, etc?
    Well, whatever u comfortable with,curves,color balance,hue,...
    Just remember that file can be tiny with 1x1 pixel size,1 pixel ppi...haha
    Same method can be used for home printer.

    And soon you'll have a folder with
    home_epson_printer.psd,
    home_canon_printer.psd
    Kodaklab_blk202.psd
    .....

    Save money lah..no need for calibration device...
    Or should I say,at least not now.until I get a bigger pay check..

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