Color Calibration Stuck on Dark
X-Rite eye-one display 2
Eye-One Match 3 software, v3.6.2 (latest drivers for pc)
Windows 8 (up to date)
NEC Multisync EA231WMi display (windows 8 drivers)
Epson Workforce 635 printer (windows 8 drivers)
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 Display Adaptor (installed latest drivers)
Display Adaptor Specs: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-
I just want to calibrate and profile my monitor. My prints are too dark. I think I have tried all the solutions regarding reducing monitor brightness. I am not really interested in printing but just doing it to help calibrate my monitor.
I intend to eventually submit photos to stock agencies. I do not intend to print them myself except for a non-critical family photo on occasion. I normally avoid printing photos myself. I send photos online to family. In other words, must I calibrate my printer in order to verify monitor calibration? My printer is an office printer not built specifically for photography.
I must be doing something wrong because my photos are consistently too dark, even after re-calibration using different settings. I am missing something or maybe making this unnecessarily too hard.
I have run the x-rite calibration process using the Advanced option. I then print the photo and check calibration by holding the printed picture next to the monitor. The print is always too dark, even if I recalibrate the monitor using reduced brightness. Seems like no matter what I do the print is darker than the monitor. It does not seem right to adjust the monitor to match my local printer for stock photography.
The closest results I have had to date were default settings for the monitor and printer. Close but probably not good enough for stock agencies.
Warm up display and printer.
Best done at night to avoid other light. The only other light in the room is a single 5500K 27W spiral flourescent ceiling lamp. This allows the x-rite software to put the ambient light needles in the green zones.
I wear a dark grey sweatsuit to avoid reflections from my white t-shirt.
CALIBRATION PROCEDURE for eye-one
Windows 8 Display Appearance
1920 x 1080, True Color 32-bit
Windows 8, Color Management, Printer Settings, Color Management, Devices Tab,
Checkmark in box for "Use my settings for this device"
Profile Selection: Manual
Profiles associated with this device: None, I removed the profile so the printer would print as the monitor profile sees it. The icc profile I removed was: Epson IJ Printer 07.icc
ECO Mode: Off
Auto Brightness: Off
DV Mode: Standard
RGB: 1 (set on 1 to allow me to adjust RGB during calibration) I suppose this is the correct use of these unlabeled numbers. (1,2,3,sRGB,5,N User)
White Point: Medium White (6500)
Luminance: 120 - LCD - Recommendation
Perform ambient light check
Calibrate holding the I1 in front of screen but facing away.
Measured: Color Temperature: 4600K (needle is in the green)
Illuminance: 56 Lux (needle is in the green)
tip: Had to wear grey shirt because white t-shirt was reflecting light.
Removed the ambient light head.
Placed i1 on the monitor. It sits slightly crooked because of cable twist. Hope that is okay. I tried using a large rubber band to flatten it but saw no difference.
Contrast: Initial setting 100%. Adjusted to 90.6% (needle in the green)
RGB controls: RGB Presets: 6500
Luminance (Brightness) Target: cd/m2 120.0
Current: cd/m2 120.0
Measured procedure seemed to go okay. I let it save the profile to default.
There must be something wrong with this procedure. Any help appreciated.
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