How to calibrate MacBook display.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Dybbuk, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. Dybbuk macrumors 6502a

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    Hi. I searched but didn't find an answer for this question.

    I have heard complaints from many that the MacBook LCD seems washed out, and I would be tempted to agree. I know that I can fix this via expert calibration, but I don't know much about this. Is there a step-by-step guide to optimize my display?
     
  2. California King macrumors 65816

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    Here's a tutorial on YouTube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=51gbxDwz0NM
    I've tried it myself, but I can't really make it as good as I like it to be, so I just keep the default settings. If you happen to get something that looks better, can you post your settings?
     
  3. Dybbuk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried it, but everything looked really blue ... lol
     
  4. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000

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    Download and try SuperCal. Works really well if you take your time.
     
  5. Dybbuk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! I will try it tomorrow and report my results.
     
  6. Dybbuk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Dear MacRumors,

    I just finished using SuperCal and I am pleasantly surprised by the results!

    I found that the biggest issue was the response curve; simply put, the Mac 1.8 gamma is very washed out looking on these displays! I set it up to 2.5 (typical Windows PC) and I can see everything much better now.

    I am not a graphics designer or anything like that, so I am not worried too much about accuracy. All I know now is that I can see a lot easier and things that looked washed out before are now visible!

    Thank you!
     
  7. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000

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    I went back and compaired to the stock calibration to what I did with SuperCal and the difference was HUGE.
     
  8. Dybbuk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes! It is a huge difference!

    Is it normal for things to be looking slightly bluer than before? Or did I do it incorrectly?
     
  9. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000

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    I think my stock calibration was too yellowish. I did experience a bit more blue but it wasn't overbearing. If it looks a bit off give it another try and see if it helps.
     
  10. Dybbuk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think that is probably what I am noticing. The only thing that appears to be too blue to me is the aluminum/grey of the application menus and such ...
     
  11. Marky_Mark macrumors 6502a

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    I've been having no end of trouble getting my Canon prints to look the same as my MBP display. I have an old skool 2.16 pre-LCD, pre-SR 15".

    I was searching through for references to SuperCal because I've found the same as the poster above - after using it to recalibrate, the greys of my windows and the white of the menu bar look very blue, especially compared to the more yellowy daylight (I guess) bias of the default 'Colour LCD' profile Apple provides. However, when I looked at my pictures, the colour seemed more real and I'll have a crack at printing this weekend.

    I'm not sure I like the bluey tint SuperCal gives. I might use the default Apple profile for general stuff and the SuperCal profile for printing and Photoshop stuff...

    I'm not a print professional, but I do take my photography seriously and I want to get things right, so I'd be grateful for any other feedback. I don't know if I'm doing stuff right or wrong here. It's all guesswork! I think I might ask for a Spyder for Christmas! :eek:
     
  12. coocooforcocoap macrumors regular

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    Hi all, always an interesting topic: color calibration. i just got a new mbp and i am a designer on a tight budget, so no spyder or colortron for me! the first thing i noticed when i switched from a pc desktop (which was calibrated by eyeball and fairly matched with samsung 720b external flat screen, lide35 scanner, and i905d printer) was the gamma was off. the apple 1.8 gamma setting seemed to bright for the new mac backlite led lcd. so after using color sync calibrator, i get a gamma of 2.199 and that matches the samsung external at the 1.8 gamma. All of which now pretty much matches the setup i had before, used a lot for color printing of photos and graphics, as well as web work. it's all pretty rough, but close enough for government work, which i do.

    The supercal program does not seem to be updated to include the new mac screens, but perhaps that's just a labeling issue. a response curve calculator is a response curve calculator, i think, and the results should be the same using that and using colorsync. In the end, it comes down to the gamma setting which i find the apple 1.8 to be very strange on this mbp. hmmm....

    ps. for designers: the bergdesign website is really interesting, with a few free plugs for PS Cs3. the maskerade program there is really interesting...a fresh take on masking.
     

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