Did you calibrate your iMac screen?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hasteveha, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. hasteveha macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2008
    If so, how did you do it? Did you use the built in program? Is it hard? I have never calibrated a screen before and don't want to mess it up.
  2. kalex macrumors 65816

    Oct 1, 2007
    i didn't calibrate imac but i do so regurarly on my 23" ACD. there is alot of difference between calibrated and non calibrated screens. Built in program is not good as it requires person's input. what you need is hardware based one.

    I use Eye One display 2 and its very good. accurate colors and not that expensive about $180 new. there are also once from Colorvision spyder3 and others. You might want to stick to these 2 as others are not as good.
  3. johto macrumors 6502


    Jan 15, 2008
    Highly recommend using "SuperCal" http://www.bergdesign.com/supercal/

    Its one of the best calibrators if you want to do it "manually" aka with your own eyes! Next thing would be to have a hardware solution like a color spyder calibrator. I recommend to calibrate to 2.2 gamma, 6500K. Have your display warm up at least 15 min before calibrating. You cannot "mess it up", because the calibrator just creates a calibration profile settings you either use or dont :)
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Heck, there is a big difference between a couple clicks on the contrast button and the factory setting for some of the iMac LCDs.
  5. Hates macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    London, UK
    I've got a Spyder2Express and even though I've calibrated my iMac and my 24" Dell, they both look different. It's very frustrating. I'm convinced that the glossy screen makes calibration hard on the iMac.
  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  7. mzd macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2005
    i calibrated through ColorSync. just a sleight difference from the normal profile. don't worry - you can always go back to the normal profile - it is listed as iMac in the color profile list.
  8. Muncher macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2007
    The monitors are usually pretty accurate. Do the simple calibration; in my experience it gives better whites.
  9. vampyr macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2008
    Thank you THANK you THANK YOU!!!!!

    I used it and it made one HELLUVA difference... the off color band I used to get in the middle of my screen is pretty much gone!!!

    WOO HOO!!!
  10. hasteveha thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2008
    Nice, thanks a lot, calibrating made a big difference. the colors were too bright and washed out before the calibrate.
  11. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    I tried calibrating, and it was too dark for my liking.

    I picked one of Adobe's profiles, the RGB 1998 one, colors are much more vivid and contrast is higher than the crap original profile that came with the iMac.
  12. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Absolutely! The iMac default profile is completely useless unless you're using your Mac under a whole bunch of bright fluorescent lighting. A quick calibration makes the world of difference.

    I just used the thing in SysPrefs. Not being a photographer or graphic artist I don't need exact colour match. For me it's more about having something that looks great and doesn't tire your eyes.
  13. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Agreed completely, it's also not only a matter of hurting the eyes, but the "feel", if that makes sense. :D

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