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    Default what to do when u cant afford spyder? (monitor calibration)

    hello,

    i saw many CSer here calibrate thier monitor using calibration tools.
    and its quite expensive.
    can i ask as is there any cheaper alternative to calibrate the LCD monitor.
    i google for some website, dl few software also, but the resultant color of the monitor always looks somehow funny.

    fellow sifu pls provide some guide~~

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    Adobe provides a free utility for calibrating monitors. You have to use your eyes to do judge the calibration but its better than nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fangyau View Post
    hello,

    i saw many CSer here calibrate thier monitor using calibration tools.
    and its quite expensive.
    can i ask as is there any cheaper alternative to calibrate the LCD monitor.
    i google for some website, dl few software also, but the resultant color of the monitor always looks somehow funny.

    fellow sifu pls provide some guide~~

    No, there is no other way.

    The Adobe gamma assumes your LCD/monitor is brand new.

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    You could always buy one with a couple of friends to share the cost. Take turns to use.
    Only useful if you guys are in close contact, e.g, meet for kopi often. Otherwise one fella may end up 'hogging' it, or too busy due to work to pass to someone else.

    That's something a bunch of us did when we were back in sch.

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    thanks for the reply,
    i go n try the adobe calibration 1st. : D
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    A good tip: Calibrate only in your desired ambient lighting if you are doing correction by eye method instead of a calibrator. e.g. if you prefer to work in a dark room, then calibrate with the lights switched off. Vice-versa.

    On the Mac, I tried SuperCal and I get pretty close result to my calibrated monitor using a Spyder. For the PC, try the Adobe Gamma Correction.
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    If you can't afford one, then maybe pay somebody to calibrate your monitor?

    :Later,

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    IF you can't afford it, save up
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamadam View Post
    IF you can't afford it, save up
    It's a good idea.

    Actually, having spent all the money buying a DSLR and computer system without buying a eyeone display ($300+) or getting a calibration service ($50+?) is like buying a Porsche with customization and driving it with your front windscreen painted black. Nothing personal to the TS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fangyau View Post
    hello,

    i saw many CSer here calibrate thier monitor using calibration tools.
    and its quite expensive.
    can i ask as is there any cheaper alternative to calibrate the LCD monitor.
    i google for some website, dl few software also, but the resultant color of the monitor always looks somehow funny.

    fellow sifu pls provide some guide~~
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    one more tip... after calibrating. post a few pictures here and let fellow Csers tell u if its over or under compared to their hardware calibrated monitors. that way u have a surefire way of counterchecking ur calibration.

    Then use those pictures to guage ur own calibration.

    I don't know if i'm correct but when using DVI cable i can only do calibration setting using the software. The monitor can only set brightness... i was using a nvidia card and there's more setting in there than on the monitor itself when its set to sRGB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alliance View Post
    Adobe provides a free utility for calibrating monitors. You have to use your eyes to do judge the calibration but its better than nothing.
    I've been using this method before I knew there was such devices. Later on, I borrowed 1 from my friend just to find out that before and after profiling is the same.

    Now I still use the spyder to calibrate because I'm lazy
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    I second Zohan's point. Its no point paying $$$ to get excellent camera equipment capable of taking hi fidelity photos only to view them in an uncalibrated monitor. You will not be seeing what your camera has actually captured.

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    there is a very simple solution.

    you can ask friends with the tool nicely, treat them to lunch, and calibrate. nothing wrong with it - i have friends who offer to loan also!

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    Just a dummy point........ does anybody knows someone who rents this out.....just like lenses???


    The better solution would be the CSers who already have this can start loaning it for some charges....as u need to calibrate only once.... u can do with the loaned one..........and for the owner he's earning something..........this is not something u need to use very often....... why not lend to others........ this way u can earn a bit, and help others save their money
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    Quote Originally Posted by gumnaam View Post
    Just a dummy point........ does anybody knows someone who rents this out.....just like lenses???


    The better solution would be the CSers who already have this can start loaning it for some charges....as u need to calibrate only once.... u can do with the loaned one..........and for the owner he's earning something..........this is not something u need to use very often....... why not lend to others........ this way u can earn a bit, and help others save their money
    Question is, how much would you be willing to pay?

    /me have just gotten a i1 Display 2. Might be willing to profile other's monitors for a small fee.

    :Later,

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    What i did was to pool with a few friends and we pass it around to each other as needed
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    It doesn't matter whether your LCD is new or not. Just follow the instructions given and make the selectios asked by Adobe Gamma and you should be able to generate a monitor profile at the end of it. As you will be using your eyes to make the necessary judgments, the results may vary but if done right may be better than not having a monitor profile at all.



    Quote Originally Posted by Zohan View Post
    No, there is no other way.

    The Adobe gamma assumes your LCD/monitor is brand new.

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    Default Re: what to do when u cant afford spyder? (monitor calibration)

    Check to see whether Your video card comes with a monitor adjustment function.

    My Asus card comes with an ATI Catalyst Control Center:



    You need a digital file with full colour specrum and good tonal range e.g. the girl photo I display beside Catalyst and a faithful print of it to tweak the controls by eyes.

    This is a lot better than the freewares I've come across.

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    Mac users can just use the 'advanced' functions in the Colorsync Utility that comes with every Mac to calibrate their screen. While not 100% accurate (what is anyway?), my on screen colors are very very close to the printout colors. Of course you got to print at a good printshop

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