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Monitor Calibration

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Message posted at 03/13/2006, 15:41:40 PM by Nmey
I was wondering if anyone have come across any low cost calibration tools for lcd monitors. I am working with os x 10.3.9. I tried the mac calibration tool but I don't trust my eyes 100%. I recently got a print back from a printer that came out way too dark, they checked it and said actually they made it too light. I am pretty sure it is a problem with them but I want to be more confident in knowing that everything is right on my end in the future.

Any help would be gladly appreciated.
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Message posted at 03/13/2006, 18:20:46 PM by Wysiwygfoto
Try this web site...

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Message posted at 03/13/2006, 19:21:54 PM by Nmey

According to that my monitor is set up properly. I guess I will not print with those guys again.
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Message posted at 03/14/2006, 15:22:55 PM by Sophieso
What kind of monitor do you have on your Mac? I have both the Spyder and Macbeth calibration systems, but with the HD monitor and Mac calibration on OS X I don't need them. I also do my own printing on an Epson 7600, so I know how insane it can be trying to get a print that's done right.

Any GOOD photo lab will take your file AND a desktop print you've made from the file and try to match what they see on the print. Usually what comes out of a printer will be darker than what you see on your screen, so you might want to lighten it up a little before sending to print. Your monitor is reflecting light at you, but the print is absorbing light and then shooting back what it doesn't absorb. What you see on your monitor is RGB, but all printing is CMYK. It's totally insane, and you'll never get a perfect match. But one thing you can do is convert your file Mode to CMYK, just to check for clipping that will occur with the printer and fiddle with it a bit.

I'm heading off to Washington D.C. this weekend for a master class in printing with some of the top pro photographers in the game and representatives from Epson. I'm taking a laptop with me and will hopefully be able to start a forum on what I'm learning while I'm there....IF I don't go completely nuts:-)

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Message posted at 07/10/2006, 18:30:17 PM by Tom911
I using low cost colorymetr from in Australia it was about 200A$. Its basic but keeping colors stright on the monitor. There is no way for calibration without colorimetric dentisometr device for monitors and printers. Any others metods just are looks like calibration. I tried everytthing. Even MacBeth color table is almost so expensive here as basic colorimetr conected on USB.
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Message posted at 08/23/2006, 06:28:13 AM by Rox_amar
On a Samsung monitor how can I make a calibration? The website of Eendicott is not available anymore. Do you know any other websites like that one?

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Message posted at 08/23/2006, 07:28:55 AM by Wysiwygfoto
Here is an updated link - looks like he changed internet services

Monitor Calibration Link

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Message posted at 09/03/2006, 02:38:57 AM by Aj-brugge
was this off-set or digital that your work was printed on?
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Message posted at 11/01/2006, 09:36:44 AM by Rox_amar
thanks eendicott, the link was very usefull

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Message edited at 02/10/2007, 16:10:45 PM by Icefront
Download the image below and view on your monitor at fullscreen.

Brightness/Contrast: you should be able to see all the shades of gray

Saturation: you should be able to distinguish all the coolor squares at the right.

Here is the full resolution image: monitor calibration chart.jpg
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Message posted at 02/10/2007, 20:33:33 PM by Lightart
Spyder II

You can get the Spyder II calibration tool from colorvision for 69.00 U.S. here.

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Message posted at 02/13/2007, 22:00:01 PM by Sophieso
After every attempt to calibrate my monitors, attending TWO Epson academies, and using every calibration tool on the market, I've finally made my peace with the fact that LCD is LCD and that's the end of that. The only LCD that's going to be WYSIWYG with a third party printer is made by LeCie, and it costs a fortune.

I've finally settled down with three different print sources and have tested a couple dozen photos. I have a pretty good idea what the difference will be between what I see on the screen and what I'll get from the printer, then tweak the image accordingly. When making masks and isolations, the only way I can "see" the contrast that is lacking on an LCD is to put a Levels layer above the image, move the middle slider all the way to the right, then continue on with the mask with that layer as a guide.

I've even tried hooking up a small CRT next to my big screen, but there just wasn't enough room.

Good luck. Your best bet is to work with your tools as much as you can until you feel what you can't see.

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Message posted at 02/20/2007, 22:48:53 PM by Cathysbelleimage
Thanks to all of you for great tips !!
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Message posted at 02/03/2008, 11:56:53 AM by Ginesvalera
In Europe there are calibration services, generally a proffesional who goes to your office and calibrates your monitors.

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Message posted at 01/18/2009, 21:25:15 PM by EmeraldUmbrellaStudio
I have a great one that helps you adjust everything just be warned it takes a while

check out the link on the top of my blog

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Message posted at 01/26/2009, 19:08:30 PM by Afagundes
Use a colorimeter, like Spyder 3, they are not expensive and you will have great results.
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Message posted at 09/04/2009, 13:24:23 PM by Actionwatcher

Originally posted by Nmey:
Quoted Message: I recently got a print back from a printer that came out way too dark, they checked it and said actually they made it too light.

Did you try to look at the print near a north facing window at midday?

Is it still dark?
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