Monitor calibration for printing, how do I do it?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Treymac, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Treymac

    Treymac TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    168
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Hey guys. I've been using my PC with LCD display to do my editing, but last night I just realized that my pictures look a lot darker than intended on my CRT display. I have to make 10 prints this weekend, and I don't want them to turn out overly dark. Which monitor is more likely to be correct, and how would I calibrate it for printing?

    Thanks.
     
  2. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    18,099
    Likes Received:
    7,451
    Location:
    Mid-Atlantic US
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    are you printing them yourself?
    Do the pictures here, that everyone likes, look better on one of the two.
    do a search on monitor calibration.
     
  3. Peniole

    Peniole TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Messages:
    516
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    where to next?
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Also don't have too much expectations about print and contrast range. Your screen (from what I understand and read) can produce a wider contrast range. I'm assuming it's the backlight (no backlight on paper), so you get brighter whites with more highlight detail while still maintaining shadow detail. Then you have the colour gamut problems, your screen uses RGB, most likely your printer uses CYMK to produce the different colours. The colour gamut problem is easily overcome with the correct use of ICC and other colour profiles, the contrast range you'll have to live with.

    Here's a basic interpretation, not too long, of the problem...

    http://www.scantips.com/basics15.html
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,817
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    If you are serious about getting acurate tones & colors...monitor calibaration is the way to go.

    Check out the ColorVision Spyder II or the Pantone Hewey
     
  5. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Messages:
    5,327
    Likes Received:
    264
    Location:
    The Upper West Side of Mississippi (you have no i
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit

Share This Page