Calibrating Your Monitor

Monochromatism is the medical term or color-blindness. It affects around ten percent of the world’s population. It’s a genetic defect passed on from parent to offspring, with boys usually affected. To a certain extent, each human eye contains a different number of color-perceiving cells, this means that each person looks at something in an entirely different way. For this reason, you’ll need to calibrate your computer’s monitor.

A computer’s monitor has different contrast, color levels, and brightness. It’s no wonder that a picture looks will tend to look different when viewed in another monitor. This is something to remember when editing your home pictures in photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop.

Calibrating your monitor is really not that much different from adjusting the color scheme on your TV. It may look okay at first glance but as time goes by, you’ll notice that the people on TV look a bit too tanned and everything else looks a bit too green. Teal and orange are the default colors when it comes to contrast. An incorrectly calibrated monitor is just as painful to watch as a badly edited CGI movie. To correct this, you can increase or decrease the brightness level and fiddle with the contrast. The internet is a great place to start looking for a way to calibrate your monitor. There are free monitor calibration tools available at websites such as Photofriday.com. Corel, well-known photo-editing software even offers a help article to assist you in calibrating your PC monitor. Should you decide to look for help in the internet, you might as well check out the article written by Norman Koren. He included links to test images that will help you adjust the color on your monitor.

Manual calibration is good enough for most but the best results are had by using a colorimeter. The colorimeter is a gadget that calibrates the color and brightness of your display relative to the average preference. It does this automatically. To use a colorimeter, simply attach the device to your monitor and open the program that will your adjust display. It will take several minutes but you should be able to see a great deal of difference between your uncorrected monitor and the fine-tuned one. This tool is essential if you’re into taking pictures with your digital camera. A monitor calibrated with a colorimeter should faithfully display the images you took. Editing pictures is hard enough as it is, doing it on an uncalibrated monitor will only make the task more difficult. Most professional artists calibrate their monitors on a weekly basis because the settings tend to change every one in a while.

There are a lot of colorimeter brands. The most popular one is the Spyder line of Datacolor. They’ll cost you a hundred bucks more or less, depending on the model and where you buy it. The most expensive ones will set you back around two hundred fifty dollars, although the ninety-six-dollar Spyder2express will give you fantastic results. Another, cheaper option is the Pantone Huey. It only costs seventy dollars and if you happen to leave it near your PC, it will constantly calibrate your monitor even when it’s not in use.

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