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Old 04-25-2005, 03:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondering what everyone uses for their monitor and printer calibration. Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-25-2005, 03:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm cheap and simple minded... Adobe Gamma to keep my monitor consistant (not really calibrated except for middle grey) and Adobe RGB or factory paper profiles for output. I correct color using the numbers instead of visually. I get good results unless I screw something up... which, uh, happens from time to time.

In my perfect world I'd use the Gretag EyeOne Photo for monitor and print calibration but there's a lot of other stuff that I'll spend my money on first.

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Old 04-25-2005, 04:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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End of the day here, still exhausted, so we will be simple, my thoughts

Monitor only: Gretagmacbeth Eye One Display 2 or Colorvision Spyder 2

Monitor and Printer: Ez Color and Optix Bundle from Monaco

if you got the bling bling

Monitor and Printer: Eye One Photo from GMB

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Adobe Gamma is NOT accurate
Old 04-26-2005, 12:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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......because it still depends upon your eye. You must have a spyder calibration tool. Even the basic $99 Pantone version is accurate.
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In case you were referring to my post, I don't use Adobe Gamma to calibrate, I use it to keep my monitor looking the same in terms of luminosity when lighting conditions around it change. It's a good tool and the price is right.

ANY use of the monitor depends on the eye and is therefore a subjective way to evaluate color. The only way to consistently and transportably correct color is by measured RGB or CMYK values. Color correction is a numbers game, not a visual one. A calibrated monitor is one small component of color management which requires a carefully controlled, closed loop system to work visually. It can fall apart as soon as you send a file for external output.

Calibrated monitors are nice but they are not measurement tools.

I'm not trying to pick a fight but I've spent many $$ and hours reproproducing accurate color in print both on inkjets and with offset... I promise, if you CC by the numbers and you will have more time to shoot pictures.
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Re: Monitor and printer calibration systems
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it took me almost 2 years to convince myself to grab my creditcard and order a GretagMacbeth EyeOne Photo. Calibrates monitor AND printer. I have never been happy with my prints before (Epson 2200 with various papers, original Epson inks) but now - WOW - What a difference !
It is expensive but well worth the money and I don't regret the purchase.


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