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    Default Do you calibrate your monitor?

    Planning to get a LCD monitor to replace the CRT monitor due to space constraint.
    Wondering how many people do calibrate their LCD monitor?

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    Using the spider express 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThunderBolt View Post
    Using the spider express 2.
    Is it easy to use? Wanting to get one of these but am afraid I might screw things up rather den making my monitor better...
    In the eyes of the beholder!

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    am user eye1 display
    is idiot proof

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    Quote Originally Posted by soeypixels View Post
    am user eye1 display
    is idiot proof
    and how is the result after calibration?Really good?
    In the eyes of the beholder!

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    i calibrate..

    how to tell if result is "really good"....??? i don't think there's actually a concrete measurable way.. you can just try to see if the monitor displays colors properly lor..

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    Default Re: Do you calibrate your monitor?

    calibrate monitor is to let monitor shows "standard" color on the screen. eg, a non calibrated scree may show gray tone slight too warm or too cold, and most people can't really tell it by naked eyes, but we easily tell if skin tone go off, especially girls, they are know very good in color sense.

    If you do images adjustment on your non calibrated monitor, it can only look good on your monitor, and hardly will look good on other people calibrated or non calibrated monitor.

    you can tell the different between with and without loading the monitor profile.

    and yes, I calibrate all my monitors.
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    Default Re: Do you calibrate your monitor?

    From what I understand, calibration is,

    - Adjusting the R, G, B ratio to obtain the targetted colour temperature. Eg 5000k, 6500k (D65)
    - Ensuring identical R, G, B gamma response with the correct gamma value. Eg. Gamma 2.2

    With this, greys will have the same tone (colour temperature).

    http://www.colormatters.com/comput_gamma.html
    http://www.siggraph.org/education/ma...olorspace.html

    How about Colour Gamut? Is there a standard (sRGB?) to follow to get correct colours? Is WCG monitors necessarily better for getting the correct colours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vin View Post
    From what I understand, calibration is,

    - Adjusting the R, G, B ratio to obtain the targetted colour temperature. Eg 5000k, 6500k (D65)
    - Ensuring identical R, G, B gamma response with the correct gamma value. Eg. Gamma 2.2

    With this, greys will have the same tone (colour temperature).

    http://www.colormatters.com/comput_gamma.html
    http://www.siggraph.org/education/ma...olorspace.html

    How about Colour Gamut? Is there a standard (sRGB?) to follow to get correct colours? Is WCG monitors necessarily better for getting the correct colours?
    You need a profile for your monitor so that the gamut is mapped correctly. WCG isn't necessarily better.

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    Default Re: Do you calibrate your monitor?

    Quotes from an Apple article:

    Forget about calibrating your monitors to 1.8 gamma...even Apple is recommending 2.2 monitor gamma apple.com article: "Color and gamma settings for print and web."
    Choosing gamma and white point

    During the calibration of your display, you will need to choose gamma and white point settings. The correct choice depends on how you are most likely to use your images. The best rule of thumb is this:

    Unless you have a color management expert instructing you otherwise, select a 2.2 gamma and a D65 white point.


    Because Windows PCs use 2.2 gamma, images edited in the traditional Mac 1.8 gamma will appear incorrectly to most viewers on the Internet—this of course means that your Mac friends need to switch their displays to 2.2 gamma when perusing your 2.2-savvy work.
    Why D65 over D50?

    Well, the D50 white point was all the rage among pre-press professionals 10 years ago, and you'd even find talk of D50 in advertising materials. Not so much anymore. D50 comes from a time when the dominant method of photo processing still involved paper, light tables, and viewing lamps. Now the emphasis on digital editing and Internet publishing makes the D65 native white point of modern displays a dominant factor.

    The difference between D50 and D65 may still be automatically worked out "under the hood" without your awareness, using a technique known as "chromatic adaptation." That's why D65 is recommended now, unless you are a highly trained expert user.
    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: Do you calibrate your monitor?

    Imagine a LCD as your home TV, every brand and home user will tune it differently to own liking. So when watching NDP, I may see the Spore flag as Orange + White...

    A calibrated monitor simply means everyone who has similarly done so, sees it similarly. It does not mean the image 'looks good', just 'standard' as catchlight pointed out.

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    Default Re: Do you calibrate your monitor?

    Quote Originally Posted by redmonsoon View Post
    A calibrated monitor simply means everyone who has similarly done so, sees it similarly. It does not mean the image 'looks good', just 'standard' as catchlight pointed out.
    Colour gamut must be similar too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    Quotes from an Apple article:

    Forget about calibrating your monitors to 1.8 gamma...even Apple is recommending 2.2 monitor gamma apple.com article: "Color and gamma settings for print and web."
    Hope this helps.
    Thanks and I agree with Apple.

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    hmmm... so after you calibrate your monitor, do you set your colour settings in photoshop to sRGB/Adobe RGB, or to the monitor RGB option photoshop has(mine's Monitor - Samsung - ...)?
    i noticed that if i set it to sRGB/Adobe RGB the white is slightly brownish but setting it to Monitor RGB gives a nice white. and yes im a noob haha...

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    I used Quick Gamma. I have to monitors, one LG, the other HP. The HP monitor is at 2.2 Gamma, and the LG at 1.8. This was based on Quick Gamma calibration process. My preference had nothing to do with it.

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    If the cost IPS Monitor ≈ TN Monitor + Calibrator, which option will be better?

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    Default Re: Do you calibrate your monitor?

    you'll need a calibrator no matter which monitor you buy.
    sigh.

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    Default Re: Do you calibrate your monitor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clown View Post
    you'll need a calibrator no matter which monitor you buy.
    That's what I thought too. Tks!

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    Even if I calibrate the monitor, I will have to profile my printer to match the color right? Is there something I can do to manually profile the printer to get color matching? I do not need 100% matching, just 70 to 80% will do.

    Any advice?
    I have expensive camera and big lenses but don't know how to use..... Sound familar???

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    Default Re: Do you calibrate your monitor?

    you can download canned profiles for your media and paper for softproofing and printing from the websites of the paper you're using.
    sigh.

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