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Program or website to calibrate my monitor?
Old 06-24-2003, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone tell me where I can find a program or website calibrate my monitor (cheap or free is better)? I want to play with some photos in photoshop but I want to make sure my monitor is displaying them as acurately as possible before I start changing anything. Thanks!
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To truly calibrate your monitor, you must have a reference. To have a website calibrate it means you are subject to someone else's whim of what is really red, green, or blue.

Most pro photo shops have a calibration slide you can usually have for free (under the assumption that you will be bringing them digital work) which takes the form of a slide, and a CD (or diskette) used to calibrate the work. The idea is to match the scanner to the monitor using a reference image on the CD or diskette.

This does not calibrate the monitor so much as it makes the scanner and monitor match each other. In order to properly calibrate a monitor, you have to have a densitometer. A reading of white, red, green, and blue is measured at the screen and you set your monitor's RBG output accordingly.

Without a densitometer, any calibration is merely guessing. Some guesses are pretty close.

Hope this helps.

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Old 06-24-2003, 06:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info. Sounds more complicated than I thought.

I don't have a scanner and don't really have any need to scan anything at the moment. I'm interested more in images that are downloaded from my digital camera. Does this change anything?
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Nope.....point still stands without some form of calibration what you see in the camera wont match what you see on your computer and definatley wont see what you print. Figure from camera to print there is a total of 3 different looks of the work. Unfortunatly you need to suck up and either buy or borrow some way to calibrate your system. Throw in the fact you are using a printer that doesnt (least not from what you said) give you the options to control your print... (try adobe photoshop 7 and set the printer to NO COLOR CORRECTION and let print-preview thru adobe handle it..you are sorta shooting yourself in the foot...you can have great camera...great lense...everything perfect and you still are not going to be able to get it to print correctly.

I will suggest as I always do (Clint has his warm cards I have this book) Real World Photoshop 7 by Bruce Fraiser and his companion book Real World Color Management two MUST reads for any photographer dealing with workflow...


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So which system do you reccomend for calibration?
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I've only used one and you can find it Here others may have other suggestions....


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