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05/12/2005 12:15:18 AM · #1
How often do you check your monitor calibration for color and gamma?
05/12/2005 12:28:56 AM · #2
every 4 to 6 weeks.
05/12/2005 12:30:30 AM · #3
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

every 4 to 6 weeks.


About the same...
05/12/2005 08:18:41 PM · #4
really ?
I do it about once every new screen I buy, which makes it about twice so far :)

How do you calibrate ?
05/12/2005 08:31:21 PM · #5
If you have windows xp, as I do, there is an Adobe Gamma icon in the control panel. You can choose your monitor and its white point, then you can adjust gamma to 2.2 for windows or 1.8 for mac compatibility, I use 2.2. You can adjust your monitor brightness and contrast so you can just see alternating black squares and alternating white squares. I always set contrast to 100 percent and vary brightness by time of day.
05/12/2005 10:17:59 PM · #6
Is spyder or another commercial calibration device a necessity? Is there some internal monitor setting that doesn't cost us money that should be calibrated? Spyder might be crucial if we're printing, but in the context of this website, where others will view our pictures on their own monitors, which might have different calibration settings and therefore render the image to not have the same properties as in our individual screens, is there a suggested solution? Thank you.
05/12/2005 11:18:27 PM · #7
Originally posted by puma:

How often do you check your monitor calibration for color and gamma?


I have a Pantone Colorvision Spyder hardware device for monitor calibration. The default setting in their software is set to remind you to recalibrate every two weeks.

In answer to a question above...
A hardware device like a Spyder is not necessary unless you do your own printing with a quality printer and/or you have the correct print drivers for the commercial processor you use and you want what you see on the screen to match as closely as possible what the printer actually prints.

Printing is a complex and exacting business and unless you fully understand what you are doing and what is needed then a hardware calibration device will not help you and they cost $200-300.

Message edited by author 2005-05-12 23:26:38.
05/13/2005 01:35:18 AM · #8
Originally posted by puma:

How often do you check your monitor calibration for color and gamma?


Monthly, at a minimum.

Robt.
05/13/2005 05:48:37 AM · #9
I use a laptop LCD screen most of the time, so there are no brightness or contrast settings, only a minimal gamma bar at the graphics card's settings.
Those of you who use LCD - what do you do about monitor calibration ?
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