Monitor Calibration

Started Apr 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Simon Garrett Veteran Member • Posts: 5,860
Re: Monitor Calibration

Just adding to what the others have said:

  • Most important thing is to calibrate/profile the monitor.  I currently use a ColorMunki Display, but that doesn't profile printers
  • To match prints, you need print profiles (for the printer and paper you are using).  If you use paper for which the manufacturer (of the paper) provides profiles for that printer, then they may be fine.  For best results, create your own printer profiles (I don't do that), but you tend to need the more expensive versions of the ColorMunki or Spyder to profile prints.  If you use ink other than the printer maker's then you probably need your own profiles. 
  • Most important issue in matching monitor to prints: set the monitor brightness down to a sensible level.  Depending on room brightness that will generally be 80-100 cd/m2, but almost certainly no more than 120.  If the screen is too bright then by comparison prints look dull, dark and lifeless.  Most current calibration devices will measure the brightness. 

If anyone tells you that colour management is simple, then either they have a brain the size of a planet or (IMHO) they don't know what they're talking about.  However, with a bit of reading it makes more sense.  I wrote a cheat sheet at and at the bottom I've included a lot of links to sites and sources of information I've found useful.

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