Adjusting your monitor ? please help !!

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Neil Morgan
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Adjusting your monitor ? please help !!
May 13, 2012

Hi Everyone,

I would like to ask the best way of adjusting your monitor ?

Last month I got home from an overseas trip and while over in China adjusted my photos in the laptop i had but when i got back the photos looked terrible on my LED PC screen so I re-adjusted them to suit and sent a couple to a graphic designer friend to look at.

He then said they were out again and sent me his Spyder3 calibration tool. I adjusted my screen and then printed an image and it looked terribly washed out - desaturated so I sent the image to my wifes PC and It looked pretty close to the print.

So I re-adjusted my screen until it looked like the print but it still a little out compared to the wifes LCD PC screen which seems correct to the print.

Since I have adjusted my screen everything looks a little faded but now it is reasonably close to the printer (Epson R1800 photo printer) output.

So whats right - the printer, the spyder3 ???

This is an example that printed pretty much perfect and looked correct on my wifes screen.

Cheers Neil
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Luke Kaven
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In reply to Neil Morgan, May 13, 2012

There are many things that can go wrong in getting your screen calibrated and profiled.

One very common problem involves having the white point of the display turned up too far. The Spyder 3 Express does not report on those kinds of issues. If this happens, when your image looks good on a hot screen, it looks too dark on a properly calibrated display. Is this what you're seeing?

Should I assume that you've seen to the basics of getting the display calibrated and the new display profile set as the default? [If this is a PC, which version of Windows?]

Your image looks very good on my calibrated display. I think the image is fine.

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Neil Morgan
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In reply to Luke Kaven, May 13, 2012

Thanks Luke,

I think if a few people (many pros in the forum) all say the image looks ok, then I'll run with calibrating my monitor to my printer like the resulting image below.

I need to get better lighting in my room which i think is probably the main issue to making the screen and print look closer after finalising the calibration
Thanks for the feedback.
Cheers Neil.

Luke Kaven wrote:

There are many things that can go wrong in getting your screen calibrated and profiled.

One very common problem involves having the white point of the display turned up too far. The Spyder 3 Express does not report on those kinds of issues. If this happens, when your image looks good on a hot screen, it looks too dark on a properly calibrated display. Is this what you're seeing?

Should I assume that you've seen to the basics of getting the display calibrated and the new display profile set as the default? [If this is a PC, which version of Windows?]

Your image looks very good on my calibrated display. I think the image is fine.

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