I know that many people calibrate their monitors so that the colors they see on screen match their printed photos. (Or at least that is my current understanding.) So...
1. How can you calibrate any monitor to match printer output? Do actually have to print something (i.e. a color chart) and then use that in the calibration process?
2. Do you have to repeat this process for multiple printers or the same printer using different types of paper? Can you save multiple calibration profiles and switch between them as needed for the printer/paper you plan to use?
3. What do you do for online printing services?
To date, I've not really had any major color issues. While print colors may not always match the on-screen colors, I've not noticed any color cast issues, odd skin tones, etc. However, I just got a new Dell Precision laptop with their RGB LED screen. This screen is fantastic. It is significantly brighter (while being more energy efficient) than my old laptop screen or my desktop flat panel. Also, it supposedly has "100% color availability" as opposed to 42-45% for a standard CCFL backlit panel. (This technology is also coming out in HDTV panels now.) Images on these other screens look dull and dingy in comparison.
My concern with this brighter screen is that the exposure of my prints will be off. (I send most everything I have printed to a lab.) Does monitor calibration also do something to calibrate for exposure also?
I apologize if these "newbie" questions. I am generally pretty proficient technology-wise, but for some reason, I haven't been able to find any simple, straight answers to these questions.
Thanks for your help.