How do you calibrate you screen

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by bntz313, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    I'm trying to calibrate my screen for print but I do not own an printer yet, So I was wondering what would be the best way to do this seeing that most the stuff I do I dont have any process with the printing. Please help.

    I didn't know how to delete the last thread.

  2. macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2005
    ideally you would be calibrating your screen towards a universal standard and not necessarily a particular printer. The idea is if you have 1 piano in tune and tune 100 other piano's to that 1, they would be in tune and their degree of variation would be less than if they were tuned to each other in a daisy chain fashion. Kind of a crude metaphor but it gets the point across.

    All that to say, the best way is to buy a calibrator for your monitor. You can get a used one on ebay cheap.
  3. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 15, 2008
    Fairfield County, CT
    Whatever looks most realistic for you, and what do you do? Is the calibration just for you, or you need a specific one for your work.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2007
    Amsterdam, NY
    Hardware calibration is best. I use the Datacolor Spyder3 Elite which does an excellent job calibrating and profiling my monitor.
  5. tsd
    macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2007
    Greensboro, NC
    Yep, hardware calibration is the way to go. Get a calibrator that includes an ambient light sensor, like the Spyder 3 or the X-Rite Eye One (what I use and recommend). You can use the ambient sensor to adjust your monitor's color temperature to match the room that you view prints in. Obviously, the calibrator does more than that, but having that ambient light matched up to your monitor is crucial for matching printed colors.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2007
    SE Michigan
    Is there a online store that if I but a hardware calibration from will donate some $ to MacRumors?

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