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Old 03-23-2011, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an iMac and I wanted to find out how can I calibrate or set the colours on my screen so that I get perfect RGB colours for professional photography editing purposes? I mean, how do I know the colours that I'm working on the screen is that is going to come out on another person's screen or from the printer?

I've heard that for pro photography editing one needs an IPS monitors i.e. matt rather than gloss display monitors.

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Start by getting a good color calibration package. I use a Spyder but there are several others out there. Get your monitor calibrated and then see what else you need, which will depend on what you're doing. If you are planning to do the printing yourself and use assorted art papers, you might want to get a setup that will let you create printer profiles, too. If you're sending your printing out, then all you need is to get the appropriate profile for wherever you're having your printing done.

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+1 on the spyder, I've been using one for years now. Then you will know that the colors are accurate on YOUR screen. Unfortunately with digital photography, the big unknown is what your image is going to look like one other peoples screen. There is simply know way to control it. Most consumer monitors come from the factory way to bright and saturated. And the average joe just leaves it that way. About the only thing you can do is make sure your outputting display images in the SRGB color space. That's pretty much the standard for web display. And yes the best monitors for image editing are IPS displays. They are pricey but worth it.
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Cheers guys!

I had a look at Spyer's website. It pretty expensive stuff. Is there any alternative equivalent available in the market as i think Spyder must be the top-end stuff.

How effective are colour tv bars for calibrating screen colours?
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Actually Colorvision (Spyder) is on the low end of the scale. Most other options are a bit higher. You might find one on the used market like ebay or some of the camera forums for a little less. If your going to be getting a wide gamut monitor IPS screen make sure you get a spyder version 3. The earlier versions do not work properly on wide gamut screens. I can't help you on the color tv bars I don't know what they are. Some versions of the spyder as well as some of the other brands will calibrate televisions, if that is what you are asking.

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Cheers guys!

I had a look at Spyer's website. It pretty expensive stuff. Is there any alternative equivalent available in the market as i think Spyder must be the top-end stuff.

How effective are colour tv bars for calibrating screen colours?
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If you are talking about some for the applications that have RGB color with diffused RGB color on next to it those will marginally help you, but you will not get what you are looking for with out having something like the Spyder.
You will enjoy the fruits of you labor having a profiled system from camera to print out-put. I work in a print shop where we must calibrate our monitors, scanners and printers daily if not 2-3 times a day for the printer. When we are dealing with someone who has a profiled system their work gets completed a lot faster, we usually send these through while we are adjusting the none profiled images (at a fee as well)
It is worth it to spend the time to learn about profiling and to have a profiled system.
If you don't want to buy a spyder check and see if a local shop will some out and do it for you.
Monitors don't need to be profiled as much as the printers do. Some the large photography supply stores in my area will do it for a fee, as well as some of the large format printers.
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