Tips for calibrating a new display?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by bluetooth, Feb 15, 2008.

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    bluetooth

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    I just puchased the Dell 240WFP-HC Colour Monitor. I am impressed thus far however I would like to calibrate the monitor as the factory settings are usually set for office environments rather then for digital/graphic professionals.

    Any tips or sites/links info would be greatly appreciated.

    Upon initial appearance, things seem to be a tad bright and not completely crisp.

    - Thanks

    I have attached an image with current resolution settings etc.

    I also connected through DVi as I understand this is superior for display to VGA, correct?
     

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    digitalnicotine

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    Here is a link you can try. Screen Check. You may also want to look into a color calibrator such as one of these. Good luck. :)
     
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    shecky

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    at a minimum, go to apple > system preferences > displays > color > calibrate and check "expert mode" and do a calibration.
     
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    bbeers

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    Huey Pro

    I recommend the Pantone Huey Pro. Does a good job on my machine and even check the light every so often and re adjusts the screen.

    Huey Pro
     
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    bluetooth

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    Cheers Shecky - I did not even realize that option when I was poking around the display preference. I simply selected my display name from the menu. .

    Those are also good links you guys provided, thanks for the info!

    Here are some links that you among others may also find interesting:
    http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/11791.html
    http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/#colorbands.png
     
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    adamzx3

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    I second getting a hardware calibrator if you want accurate color, while software calibration can get close, it's not that great.
     
  7. macrumors 65816

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    I had no idea OS X had a built in calibration thing. This MBP screen looks 100x better now. The colors are a ton more vivid now.

    Hopefully I got it calibrated well enough that when I print stuff the color is close. Thanks for the tip shecky!
     

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