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03/28/2007 09:45:36 PM · #1
My monitor is out of whack. Photographs on my computer look completely different then on another computer. The contrast is terrible. Often, an invisible background on my monitor is not only visible on another, but distracting. The colour is all wrong, and it looks overly bright. I tried fiddling with the controls on the side of the monitor but this only made it worse.

How can I callibrate my monitor to prime it for viewing photo's and photo-editing?
03/28/2007 11:05:44 PM · #2
Here's some reading
03/29/2007 12:56:12 AM · #3
buy software... I use spyder2express, lower end cost, but I'm happy with it

eta: search the forums, I know there have been a lot of discussions about this... hope that helps

Message edited by author 2007-03-29 00:56:51.
03/29/2007 08:07:16 AM · #4
i have been working on my calibration for a couple days. no software - yet.
this chart appears to be a decent guide to black and white point calibration.

from the link posted above.

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03/29/2007 10:36:14 AM · #5
I highly reccommend the spyder pro. I calibrated my new monitor and it works amazing.
03/29/2007 10:48:12 AM · #6
Here is one of the best online charts I've seen for doing it "by eye":

Monitor Calibration Tool

You should be able to see each tone as unique, from A through Z, with nothing blocked up.

If multiple blocks look the same at the dark end or the light end, and your monitor's contrast is already at the max, then it is probably time for a new monitor.

Message edited by author 2007-03-29 10:48:48.
03/29/2007 04:01:26 PM · #7
the only problem w/ doing this by eye is that your eye makes adjustments you can't control. You can get close, but using a spyder will get you spot on. Remember ambiant light is also a factor and to let your LCD be on for about an hour before calibrating.

Even w/ all the guides, I couldn't get my new LCD calibrated by eye, I couldn't even get it close. I used teh spyder pro and it took about 10 minutes to get it perfect.

03/29/2007 08:57:51 PM · #8
I just downloaded a freeware program //www.simtel.net/product.download.mirrors.php?id=61876

It seemed to have made everything worse. Did help the contrast a bit, but the colours were terrible. Is this because the program sucks, or my monitor is hopeless?
03/29/2007 09:08:01 PM · #9
All the blacks are fine, but when you get to the whites, everything is overly bright and white. Infact, all light colours appear overly bright or white on my monitor.
Originally posted by Zal:

Here is one of the best online charts I've seen for doing it "by eye":

Monitor Calibration Tool

You should be able to see each tone as unique, from A through Z, with nothing blocked up.

If multiple blocks look the same at the dark end or the light end, and your monitor's contrast is already at the max, then it is probably time for a new monitor.
03/31/2007 09:12:07 AM · #10
the chart is helpful, but have you tried any software that came with the monitor as a starting point.

i ran the software that came with mine three or four times before i got close to full tonal range. then i fine tuned using two black and white calibration charts.


03/31/2007 10:22:55 AM · #11
Originally posted by Jmnuggy:

I highly reccommend the spyder pro. I calibrated my new monitor and it works amazing.

for alot of people they don't really want to fish out that kind of money.

i had a hard time even paying $120 for my Spyder2Express. It works just fine for me too. my colours look alot better now.
04/04/2007 08:28:36 PM · #12
Is monitor calibration an issue with the Apple MacBook Pro? I figure there aren't as many variables to worry about if the hardware is all from Apple.

Message edited by author 2007-04-04 21:07:11.
04/04/2007 09:08:20 PM · #13
<-- Wondering if anyone out there owns a MacBook Pro. (bump)
04/11/2007 09:51:37 AM · #14
Yes, a first production MacBook Pro 15" calibrated with the inexpensive and straightforward huey. When calibration is complete, a color matrix grid is displayed for before and after comparison. The corrections are subtle. not extraordinary WHOA, LOOK AT THAT! My own prints and prints from MPix tend to come out a bit darker than the screen image (need to keep in mind the difference between projected light LCD screens and reflected light paper images) but the colors are just fine. A touch of levels compensation rectifies this. Overall My experience is that the MacBook Pro screen is pretty spot on. Wishing you the best...
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