Color Calibration Woes

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by MBX, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. MBX macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    anyone else confused with color calibration?

    so i calibrated the screen of my mbp with huey-pro and i still need to calibrate my cinema display...

    but am i correct that there's no way to sync both? i work with my mbp often without hooked up to the acd but when i do it switches the calibration mode to cinema-hd. now using the same profile as for the mbp screen doesn't work, it's completely messy. however how can i make sure that the colors are being displayed correctly on my documents, images, etc. on both of my screen. and how do i know if my calibrated colors will appear correctly on other user's screen.

    i'm getting really scared of thinking my colors are right and then i do the tweaks and then it appears totally crappy on majority of the screens.

    any ideas?
  2. i3iz macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2005
    Apple's color gamut on their screens is insanely good. Chances are good that when you send it to someone they will preview it on a sRGB PC monitor. Their depth will be a lot more shallow and the colors will appear artificially rich. Color calibrate so that your prints match your screen. You cannot do much with their screen.

    All that to say, The difference with my color calibrator was minimal from apples standard profile. I would think that you can have 3 profiles (1 for just he MBP, 1 for just the ACD and one for both?) Not sure why your profile changes when you are using both, I would have thought 2 would suffice. I would think a bigger difference is matching screen brightness on the 2 screens. My ACD is a lot brighter than my old Powerbook Screen, haven't compared it to my MBP. With LED backlighting it should be better, but i would imagine, still not the same. My ACD is also thicker than my MBP panel. Got a lens hood to block ambient light?
  3. tsd macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2007
    Greensboro, NC
    Yeah, I would think you'd be fine with two profiles, maybe three like he said for when both displays are connected. If it was me, I would decide that the ACD will always be the display that I "proof" my color-critical work on, and I'd keep up-to-date room-accurate profiles for the ACD, and a native-gamma profile for the MBP. Just my $0.02.

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