How to calibrate my laptop monitor


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Hi Guys,

need your help. anyone know how to calibrate monitors? i'm using acer laptop i find that the color appear on my monitor is saturated.
 

Rashkae

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Please try a search on here or on google. Really, this is a topic that's discussed to death. Don't ask people to spoonfeed you, show some initiative.
 

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Feed the subject line to Google. You'll be amazed :)
 

sfoto100

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as far as i know, there is a limit on how much u can calibrate a laptop monitor..
 

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Please try a search on here or on google. Really, this is a topic that's discussed to death. Don't ask people to spoonfeed you, show some initiative.
Rashkae, a little graciousness would really be appreciated, especially to old foggies like myself.

Of course we can google anything. Does that mean there's no point coming to great forums like this for information?

And for old foggies like myself, navigating around a forum can be quite a daunting experience.
It took me a while to find out how to search for "keywords".
You have posted more than 12k posts. Am I to read through 12,000 posts for information?

And really, Rashkae, if you're tired of answering repeated topics, skip them!
I'm sure you're not responding to triplex571 just so you can increase your post-count.

It would do you well to learn a bit of graciousness from forummers like Octarine.
 

joeyp

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Please try a search on here or on google. Really, this is a topic that's discussed to death. Don't ask people to spoonfeed you, show some initiative.
hahaha... hands-down classic rudeness. you think people check this thread since day one?

if you dont have anything nice to say why not just shut the f*** up? Or you can say nicely. You're a senior member dude and the one asking is a newbie. what the heck is the use of a forum if you cant even get better answer? Why not just shutdown CLUBSNAP since we can all GOOGLE? haiz...
 

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Hi Guys,

need your help. anyone know how to calibrate monitors? i'm using acer laptop i find that the color appear on my monitor is saturated.
Welcome to CS. sfoto100 is right to my understanding too.

Even with a hardware calibration setup, laptop screens tend not to calibrate that well. Most if not all laptop I've come across uses a TN type screen, which is the worst sort for colour rendition, and the problems are further complicated by the compromised backlights that laptops have to use (there's only limited physical space and power consumption possible with a laptop). Laptops tend to have fairly limited adjustments possible for the screen, too.

And because it's a TN type panel, the colours you see depend on your head position relative to the panel.

It's just the nature of the thing, I'm afraid. Most Laptops are far from ideal for colour critical work if that whats you are looking for.

Can try using adobe gamma (if it is still availiable) but your video card have to supports look-up tables (which are needed for tools such as Adobe Gamma and calibration systems to work).

The information I give is also hear say from other forum, I had not try calibrating my laptop as it is a low end system which just isnt suitable for colour critical work like photo/design/products viewing and output.

Just my 2cents. hope it helps alittle.
 

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hahaha... hands-down classic rudeness. you think people check this thread since day one?

if you dont have anything nice to say why not just shut the f*** up? Or you can say nicely. You're a senior member dude and the one asking is a newbie. what the heck is the use of a forum if you cant even get better answer? Why not just shutdown CLUBSNAP since we can all GOOGLE? haiz...
You can also say it nicely. Just to highlight, vulgarities are frowned upon in CS. Post reported.
 

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Hi Guys,

need your help. anyone know how to calibrate monitors? i'm using acer laptop i find that the color appear on my monitor is saturated.
Hi, the easiest (and best) way to do this is to use a monitor calibration device. Suggest you google on this term, Spyder is a brand that is commonly used here - can be bought from Mass Orders in CS or Cathay Photo should carry it. Alternatively, can ask your friends who are into photography if they own such a device, and borrow. You just need to borrow it now and then.

Just to highlight, even after calibration, many laptop monitors will not be able to achieve accurate color. My old ASUS laptop gave a yellowish output after being calibrated by Spyder2Xpress, for example. And it was too cool if I did not calibrate. Not sure why this is the case - suspect it has something to do with the glossy screen.
 

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Another poor man's method is to place a white piece of paper next to the monitor and try to match it as close as possible.
might not be the best method but it is free and worth a try.

btw, if you are just shooting for fun, my suggestion is just leave the monitor alone. No point buying a device when the person viewing your photos on the com might not have their monitor calibrated as well.
Mainly, it is for printing but then again there aint that many professional printing shops that calibrate their printer periodically.
 

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Another poor man's method is to place a white piece of paper next to the monitor and try to match it as close as possible.
might not be the best method but it is free and worth a try.
Better use software calibration tools where your eyes are the 'sensors'. But the main disadvantage is: our eyes adjust to colour casts, we don't notice them anymore because the brain is doing a lot of on-the-fly corrections. What arrives in our consciousness is not what is actually there. Best example is the White Balance indoors. We don't notice orange casts anymore after a few minutes, the camera does and will show it in the pictures.
Hardware sensors (e.g. Spyder and others) are precise in that regard. they don't get tired and the results are accurate and consistent.

btw, if you are just shooting for fun, my suggestion is just leave the monitor alone. No point buying a device when the person viewing your photos on the com might not have their monitor calibrated as well.
Mainly, it is for printing but then again there aint that many professional printing shops that calibrate their printer periodically.
No, it's more than just for printing. The default settings of most monitors are far from being accurate. It's nice to see once you have a monitor profile and it's loaded upon system startup. The default from the monitor is far too blue / cold. The profile will correct this once it's loaded.
Secondly, it makes a difference even for non-calibrated monitors if the picture was edited on a calibrated system. White Balance and skin tones wil show it clearly. Even for 'shooting for fun' it's worth the efforts and the money. Unless you like the surprise factor of unpredicatble results, wherever you watch / show your images :)
 

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hahaha... hands-down classic rudeness. you think people check this thread since day one?

if you dont have anything nice to say why not just shut the f*** up? Or you can say nicely. You're a senior member dude and the one asking is a newbie. what the heck is the use of a forum if you cant even get better answer? Why not just shutdown CLUBSNAP since we can all GOOGLE? haiz...
You miss the point and the tone as well. Even if you perceive Rashkae's post as rude that doesn't mean you are entitled to use it in your response. Check the T&C of CS.
The forum offers a plethora of knowledge, tips and tricks collected over many years. Many basic questions have been discussed and answered many times. All what the seniors, moderators and admins expect is that people joining here just search for all this knowledge first before asking a question again and again and again. The search function is one way, Google is another way. Why do we expect this? Simply because: none of the members here is your personal information assistant, nor do we owe you an answer.
This thread by kei1309 is an ironic answer to the repeated questions about the settings for children birthday, wedding, club, stage performance, sunset, you name it.
Teaching the very basics to every newcomer here is pointless (but feel free to pick up the job). For such purposes we have newbies guides, FAQ and the search function. In addition, gatherings, outings and paid training courses are there as well.
A German saying goes: Knowledge is to know where to look up.
 

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Just to highlight, even after calibration, many laptop monitors will not be able to achieve accurate color. My old ASUS laptop gave a yellowish output after being calibrated by Spyder2Xpress, for example. And it was too cool if I did not calibrate. Not sure why this is the case - suspect it has something to do with the glossy screen.
It is a known fact that Spyder2 does not work with glossy screens...
 

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everybody play nice. this is a friendly forum where ppl share ideas.

right?

and for some members who reply to forum threads like their personal email, take a break. there is really no need to reply to everything if you have nothing constructive to say.

there are alot more ppl with more patience who are willing to help. (refer to first sentence)

TS can ask around to see if anyone is willing to help calibrate his monitor for a kopi treat or something. really no point to blow $. but then again $170+ for a spyder 3 is ok to most ppl.
 

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Yeah, tell me about it, I found that out after I had been using it with my glossy screened laptop for 2+ years... :bsmilie:
:p you lost your user manual, didn't you? Anyway Spyder2 is getting really old (I have the Spyer2pro) and it won't be supported on Mac OSX Lion; time to hunt for a newer one.
 

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:p you lost your user manual, didn't you? Anyway Spyder2 is getting really old (I have the Spyer2pro) and it won't be supported on Mac OSX Lion; time to hunt for a newer one.
I didn't get a user manual... That or I didn't read it...

Haha, well, I'm still using it since I have a matt monitor now :)
 

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