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stanwelks
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Jul 24, 2017 19:15 |  #1

I just got an X-rite i1 calibration device that I want to use on both my iMac and MacBook Pro. I used advanced mode to calibrate my MacBook Pro near a window to simulate lighting conditions I often work with, and afterwards the colors did not seem improved, on some comparisons I see no difference, though the brightness is much dimmer overall. When running a before and after test using the built in photos it is very noticeable. I have the ambient light option turned off because I can not keep the device connected all of the time.

1. How do you calibrate a laptop when you might be using it with different lighting conditions, varying from very low light to household lighting? The settings it is now configured at will likely make it not display nicely in very low light, etc.

2. Is there a way to know if I ran the calibration properly?

Thanks.




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Aug 07, 2017 11:19 |  #2

stanwelks wrote in post #18410312 (external link)
I just got an X-rite i1 calibration device that I want to use on both my iMac and MacBook Pro. I used advanced mode to calibrate my MacBook Pro near a window to simulate lighting conditions I often work with, and afterwards the colors did not seem improved, on some comparisons I see no difference, though the brightness is much dimmer overall. When running a before and after test using the built in photos it is very noticeable. I have the ambient light option turned off because I can not keep the device connected all of the time.

1. How do you calibrate a laptop when you might be using it with different lighting conditions, varying from very low light to household lighting? The settings it is now configured at will likely make it not display nicely in very low light, etc.

2. Is there a way to know if I ran the calibration properly?

Thanks.


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Aug 16, 2017 13:11 |  #3

this article may help you figure out whats gone wrong. I found it helpful when I was also having laptop issues regarding color calibration
http://www.color-management-guide.com ...-display-macbook-pro.html (external link)

BTW....I tried and tried to get a decent screen color calibration on my Macbook Pro ( late 2015 model) and it never lined up with my large Eizo Color Panel after I have calibrated both with my Datacolor spyder. Nowdays I just use the laptop for general lightroom corrections to image but never ever print from the laptop. When I print I use the Eizo Monitor plugged into my laptop with the raw image in Proof mode in Lightroom and check it for correct WB etc etc and if color changes need doing before printing I do it then whilst using the Eizo as I know that is correct. . Its the only way to get close to the right color IMO. And the only way I get my Eizo correctly calibrated is by adjusting more than just the brightness setting ( Contrast, luminance etc ) As this is all a Macbook pro laptop has to adjust( brightness) it makes it difficult to get it right .

Another major problem with a laptop is you only have to have the screen on a slightly different angle and it will totally change the brighness which inturn will affect how you see the image colors, contrast etc . I even went to the trouble of marking the angle of screen when I calibrated the laptop and it was still out so in the end I gave up and reigned myself to using the eizo when it got color critical and everything else done on laptop which just uses Apples basic calibration set at 5500K and brightness at around 80-90% in good ambient light and at night if room is not that bright apprx 60=70%
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Aug 23, 2017 05:29 |  #4

Strange, i have 2 Macbook Pro old models [early 2008 and late 2009] and i calibrated both with my Spyder calibrator [I think Spyder 3Elite, not Spyder 4 which i also have], and the results are just as great as to my Apple Cinema Display 30" and my old Eizo 22", not sure if i am lucky or maybe i just have a delusional view.

At the end, i sometimes run the calibration process more than once to get the proper one, i don't expect i will always get perfect match from one run only, sometimes the settings aren't proper so then i do it again and change something to see, i can't say this is the right thing to do, but i am always free to do calibration more than once if it may help, i can easily reset to factory and start over again, but s far, all my monitors are just fine, and the prints were nice [long time ago, now i didn't print since 3-4 years ago].


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