monitor calibration

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  1. puyjapin

    puyjapin TPF Noob!

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    Hi

    Does anyone know how to correctly calibrate my monitor with XP as im just reading a pse7 book and it makes reccomendations for calibration
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    Jaszek No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    use the forums search function. u need to buy a calibrator
     
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    puyjapin TPF Noob!

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    so there is no way to calibrate it without buying something??
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Not if you want to do it properly.
     
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    some monitors yes, not all... but the built in calibrators really arent that great
     
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    so how critical is this calibration? will it make the images 'better' ?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If you want your prints to look like they do on the screen...it can be very important.
     
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    puyjapin TPF Noob!

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    so if i dont print its irrelevant?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, you images might look different when viewed on other people's computers/monitors...but most regular people don't calibrate either...so there isn't much you can do about that.
     
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    I find it makes a big difference if your using and LCD screen since (By default) most run very bright - and that can make every bit of white in a shot (yours or someone elses) look totally blown out.
    It is a purchase that I consider important for printing certainly, if your not printing at the moment you can put it further down the list. Also note you will certainly need it if you want to do lab printing (ie getting a photolab - online or in shop) to print your work since they will just print your shots as they get them - they will not process or edit them in any way (leaving that task up to you) and without a cailibrater it will be a lot of trail and error ( and cost )
     
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    even just viewing on screen it makes a huge difference... my wife made a poster on her computer, then sent it to me.. i looked at on my macbook (which is calibrated) and looked at it on her mac mini (which isnt calibrated) on her screen the colors looked very yellow.. on mine it was pink... which is also how it printed (pink)
     
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    it won't make them better, but it will give a more accurate representation of the tones, hues, saturation and contrast of the image.
     

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