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    What's the alternative method to calibrate the monitor? Is calibration tool like Spyder 3 Pro/Elite is really necessary?

    Do they really does something which we can't manually calibrate our monitor (by changing the color temperature,gamma,etc) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hokkaido88 View Post
    What's the alternative method to calibrate the monitor? Is calibration tool like Spyder 3 Pro/Elite is really necessary?

    Do they really does something which we can't manually calibrate our monitor (by changing the color temperature,gamma,etc) ?
    Calibration tools are nice to have, most do not care. It measures the differences and creates a new profile, it do not change temperature. Eye-so-meter is the only alternative, which is what all of us is doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hokkaido88 View Post
    What's the alternative method to calibrate the monitor? Is calibration tool like Spyder 3 Pro/Elite is really necessary?

    Do they really does something which we can't manually calibrate our monitor (by changing the color temperature,gamma,etc) ?
    by eye and using printouts, that's what i heard.

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    If you're happy with your printouts and the color balance on screen. you do not need to calibrate. If you are very confident you can tell the difference in colors you can manually adjust your screen to suit your eye. From there you adjust the color balance to ensure the printouts look right. To me. just get the calibrator will save the trouble.
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    Agree. If your eyes are good enough to see the differences while calibrating via software (which typically comes with the monitor) and you are happy with the results, then no need for a calibration tool. But if you have a good monitor (such as those with IPS panel) and want to get the most out of it, a calibration tool such as the Spyder Pro is the only way to go. You will be surprised how different the colour profile can be compared to the one that is created by your best effort via software. My 2 cents....

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    by eye and using printouts, that's what i heard.
    Quote Originally Posted by blurry80 View Post
    If you're happy with your printouts and the color balance on screen. you do not need to calibrate. If you are very confident you can tell the difference in colors you can manually adjust your screen to suit your eye. From there you adjust the color balance to ensure the printouts look right. To me. just get the calibrator will save the trouble.
    Most of us are struggling with the monitor, to include the printer is 3 times the problems. To calibrate on one device is a challenge, to calibrate 2 to 3 devices and match is a nightmare!

    This totality is Color Management or “Workflow Color Control”. WYSIWYG.
    1) Input = RGB
    2) View = RGB
    3) Print = CMYK

    Eye-so-meter would not do, you would need a profiling tool and software to manage.
    just1book, no kidding!

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    Default Re: Alternative method to use Calibration tool

    don't forget that there are many types of printers
    with all kinds of inks and paper

    and every time you change something you will need to re profile

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    Default Re: Alternative method to use Calibration tool

    Quote Originally Posted by hokkaido88 View Post
    What's the alternative method to calibrate the monitor? Is calibration tool like Spyder 3 Pro/Elite is really necessary?
    Do they really does something which we can't manually calibrate our monitor (by changing the color temperature,gamma,etc) ?
    You can use software tools where you eyes are the 'controlling device' - but how accurate is the human eye really? Looking for a couple of seconds at a distinctive colour will change our perception of colours already. Keep in mind: profiling the monitor is to measure and assess the characteristics of colour reproduction for the entire system: hardware, OS, graphics card, monitor. This is more than just a straight line or changing a few Kelvin in colour temperature. It's also very relaxing to the eyes to see gray as really gray and not something with blueish cast. Most consumer LCD's ways to cold in their standard settings.

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