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    Default Is it necessary to calibrate our pc monitor for color??

    I am thinking to get a spyderexpress3 to calibrate my monitor...is it necessary?
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    it is necessary if you want to produce stuff that can be printed properly (at the right shops), and if you want people to see what you see, for the most part.

    especially since most browsers these days have color management enabled.

    if hey, you don't mind thinking that the sky is blue when people are seeing it as purple, it's not necessary at all.

    my advice is, get one , or borrow one, you can pool with a group of friends and share it.

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    How do you want to measure without reference or ruler? Calibrating (or correctly: profiling) your monitor brings it to a known reference point based on which you can judge and adjust colours. Everything else it hit and miss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    it is necessary if you want to produce stuff that can be printed properly (at the right shops), and if you want people to see what you see, for the most part.

    especially since most browsers these days have color management enabled.

    if hey, you don't mind thinking that the sky is blue when people are seeing it as purple, it's not necessary at all.

    my advice is, get one , or borrow one, you can pool with a group of friends and share it.
    i seldom print out my stuff but i do upload to website..and i dont really get to understand what you mean as "if hey, you don't mind thinking that the sky is blue when people are seeing it as purple, it's not necessary at all" for example the picture i take is blue sky but when upload to my pc...the color is purple so when i upload to the website ... other ppl also see the sky in purple??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    How do you want to measure without reference or ruler? Calibrating (or correctly: profiling) your monitor brings it to a known reference point based on which you can judge and adjust colours. Everything else it hit and miss.

    That true...so syderexpress3 is it enough?? or should i get the pro version as it has 3 version..express, pro and elite
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    Quote Originally Posted by rysouke View Post
    i seldom print out my stuff but i do upload to website..and i dont really get to understand what you mean as "if hey, you don't mind thinking that the sky is blue when people are seeing it as purple, it's not necessary at all" for example the picture i take is blue sky but when upload to my pc...the color is purple so when i upload to the website ... other ppl also see the sky in purple??
    let's put it this way.

    most monitors, uncalibrated, will not display colors accurately.

    if you photoshop, and then adjust color to your tastes, it may appear blue on your *uncalibrated* monitor, but to others, it will look purple. this is just an example of things that can go severely wrong if you do not calibrate your monitor.

    most people here will tell you (where's uncle catchlights ar) that it is no point buying expensive camera, photoshopping, taking pictures, if end up what you see on your screen is not what other people see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rysouke View Post
    That true...so syderexpress3 is it enough?? or should i get the pro version as it has 3 version..express, pro and elite
    i am using spyder2express

    so far no one is telling me that my colors are very off.

    but i did have some problems with the photos i had BEFORE calibration.

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    thank..i will get one..
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    i'm using spyder3 express, its really easy to calibrate and works. if you're looking for simple calibration, you don't need the elite/pro ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianhyk View Post
    i'm using spyder3 express, its really easy to calibrate and works. if you're looking for simple calibration, you don't need the elite/pro ones.
    interesting... tks for sharing...where to get it and how much does one cost??
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    Note: Spyder2 cannot handle wide-gamut displays. Spyder3's automatic calibration doesn't do a very good job in producing the LUT (slight hue shift here and there across the gray scale, probably due to its coarse sampling). You may want to tune the LUT manually. As for profiling - I have no "ground truth" to compare against so can't speak of the quality of Spyder3's profiles.
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    I am only using spyder2 but calibration is a must.

    We get expensive lense, we talk about camera sharpness and everything. But after all if the color isnt correct we are we editing in the darkroom? So It is necessary or i say a must unless you are keeping it for yourself and viewing it on the same screen everytime for display.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Numnumball View Post
    interesting... tks for sharing...where to get it and how much does one cost??
    cathay photo got sell...at S$177.00

    so might get one today...

    ya i want to see correct color too..so i can do adjustment correctly..
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    do it if u are printing. if only on monitor viewing, then it doesnt matter.

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    Isn't it tricky calibrating a laptop? Since which is the right angle of view?
    And if we connect the laptop to a secondary monitor, will it show the calibrated results or still have to calibrate the other monitor as well? And if need to, how to do it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by madmartian View Post
    Isn't it tricky calibrating a laptop? Since which is the right angle of view?
    And if we connect the laptop to a secondary monitor, will it show the calibrated results or still have to calibrate the other monitor as well? And if need to, how to do it?
    Laptop isn't more tricky than any other normal screen. Sometimes some buttons or functions are missing but the spyder software can handle that. Just select accordingly. You put the device in the center (or the other spots as indicated by the software) and that's it. It's rather a question of you being at the right spot with your eyes when working
    For secondary monitor just calibrate each monitor separately (as main monitor), then use the system tools or spyder profile selector to pick the correct profile for each screen. Even Spyder2 can do that.
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    OK..i got the software and after calibrating my monitor...it look yellowish is that normal??
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    Quote Originally Posted by rysouke View Post
    OK..i got the software and after calibrating my monitor...it look yellowish is that normal??
    Yes. Because your eyes are used to the overly blueish images resulting from standard settings. Takes a bit to 'readjust" your eyes to normal colours without any cast. My gauge: gray menu bars of Firefox. That's a nice and neutral gray.
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    i see...hahaha..really look so difference ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Laptop isn't more tricky than any other normal screen. Sometimes some buttons or functions are missing but the spyder software can handle that. Just select accordingly. You put the device in the center (or the other spots as indicated by the software) and that's it. It's rather a question of you being at the right spot with your eyes when working
    For secondary monitor just calibrate each monitor separately (as main monitor), then use the system tools or spyder profile selector to pick the correct profile for each screen. Even Spyder2 can do that.
    I don't mean the missing function buttons. I meant the tilt of the laptop screen, as you said, being at the right spot with your eyes when working. That means we must always be almost or must be spot on at the angle while we viewing the laptop.
    Because a slight shift of the viewing height or different angle tilt of the screen gives you a different look as it is different from a table top monitor where the angle is fixed most of the time.
    Take the shot!

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