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How to color calibrate your monitor

By Edited Dec 13, 2013 0 0

As designers it's important that we get our colors right! Thats why it's important to calibrate your computer screen so that images appear the same on all computers and printers and not just yours. It will save you time and stress. Heres how to do it

Before you start. Make sure your computer has no sun or light glare on the screen and allow 15 minutes to warm up upon start up.

Step 1:
Check to see if your computer screen is in high color or 24-bit mode. To do this in Windows, start by right clicking on your desktop and choosing Graphic Properties. On Mac, go to Preferences and choose Displays and then select Colors: Millions. If your display reads 16-bit color, then there will not be enough color depth for the color calibration.

Step 2:
Select an image on your computer, maybe a photo and print it off using a good printer on the highest quality settings. Day light photos of people are the best. Let it dry away from direct sunlight for a few hours so that the colors can set permanently.

Step 3:
Holding the picture next to the screen, bring up the original picture file and compare the two.
Adjust your contrast, brightness and color controls that are located on the side of the monitor to get as near to eachother as possible.

Step 4:
Download a free color calibration software off the internet and run it on your computer to perform a second test. Many can be found be simply searching, " free color calibration software ".

Step 5:
For best results, calibrate your monitor every month or so. This will keep your printing and designs great!

Designers should also use Pantone Color charts when designing. This will allow exact and great colors.

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