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Apr 11, 2006 16:15 |  #1

how do I go about calibrating my monitor so that the photos I print out look like they do on the screen? Do I need special equipment to calibrate?

I have been asking a lot of questions latell. I hope I am not bothering anyone but we have to learn somehow, right?


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Apr 11, 2006 18:22 |  #2

i've use spyder pro2 and print fix....


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Apr 11, 2006 18:25 |  #3

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Apr 11, 2006 19:16 |  #4

Yep, you want to use a monitor calibrator. The Spyder2, EyeOne and Monaco are the ones I see brought up most commonly.


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Apr 11, 2006 21:49 |  #5

So for Spyder 2 users: Does one want the Express, Suite, Plus or Pro versions just for monitor calibration? From what I can tell the difference is how much other software is bundled with the system.




  
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Apr 12, 2006 09:43 |  #6

Some people use hardware/software to calibrate. I use Adobe Gamma which comes with PS & still get just what I'm seeing on the monitor in a profiled print, so you'll have to decide for yourself which way you need to go. Here's some help:

Monitor calibration and gamma Quick test:
http://epaperpress.com​/monitorcal/index.html (external link)

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Apr 13, 2006 09:03 |  #7

Thanks for the links. It took me a bit to realize my Dell 17" UltraSharp is one of those monitors mentioned that have the contrast and brightness controls reversed.

All better now!




  
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Apr 14, 2006 16:24 as a reply to  @ kimel's post |  #8

LCD will never reproduce like CRT's currently do, LCD's can not do black blacks mainly.

it can be hard to calibrate an LCD - you may get close, but still to this day LCD"s are not #1 choice for photography (for those serious enough about it) due to the lacking ability to reproduce color's like CRT's still do.


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Apr 14, 2006 17:19 |  #9

LCD technology has changed dramatically in the last year. The main problem was always down to the backlight which has been addressed in designs like 'Brightscreen'. Even pro labs are moving to LCD . There will be little choice anyway as most CRT plants are closing production.


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Apr 14, 2006 21:31 |  #10

^^ that they are - i am glad to see LCD"s move from what they used to be, but it is still hard to find consumer level LCD's with such high detail and quality as LCD's and until then, plants will still pop out their professional CRT's that cost a small fortune.

LCD just looks sexier - easier on the eyes, less power, better to recyle - most everything they have is beneficial in some way.


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Apr 14, 2006 22:07 |  #11

headace and eyes fatigue the reason why i change to LCD....


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Apr 14, 2006 22:12 |  #12

Not to mention that LCDs burn a fraction of the electricity and put out a tiny fraction of the heat of a CRT. Maybe not that important for the home user I guess but at the enterprise level it sure it.




  
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Apr 14, 2006 22:15 as a reply to  @ MJP's post |  #13

I have an older version of this LCD and love how it works. This is the cat's meow for graphic arts. BENQ makes monitors that other companies put their brand on.

http://www.superwareho​use.com …tor/99.L2E72.XB​A/p/727795 (external link)

I'm just about to buy a monitor and printer calibrator, but I'll give Adobe Gamma a try. I've heard good and bad things about it. Mostly the accuracy of the persons eye doing the calibrating.


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Apr 15, 2006 03:10 as a reply to  @ kimel's post |  #14

kimel wrote:
Not to mention that LCDs burn a fraction of the electricity and put out a tiny fraction of the heat of a CRT. Maybe not that important for the home user I guess but at the enterprise level it sure it.

at one point in my bedroom i had dual 19" dell sony trinitrons and a 17" - standing in my door way you could feel the about 5C temp change alone walking into my room!


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Apr 15, 2006 11:56 as a reply to  @ Mathiau's post |  #15

Who wants an electron gun pointed at their head for hours every day? CRTs are on their way out.


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