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2.2 Monitor Calibration

In this lesson you'll learn how to calibrate your monitor in preparation for when you eventually print, so that colors are more accurately represented on the printed page.

2.2 Monitor Calibration

In this lesson, we're going to discuss how to best calibrate our monitor to match your photo, and we're going to cover two techniques. You want to calibrate your monitor so that you get the most accurate colors possible when you eventually print your image. First, let's talk about monitor brightness. In general, monitors tend to be a bit too bright for printing, which can result in your images printing unexpectedly dark. It's for this reason that you want to make sure you have your monitor brightness set at a reasonable level. Okay. Time to get hands-on. You can go ahead and open up this image found in the download section of the course. So first we're going to start our monitor off at full brightness and then we're going to bring it down by 25 to 35%, roughly, depending on your particular monitor, as well as the lighting of the room that you're in. Next, I want to talk about monitor calibration using a calibration or profiling device, which is usually made up of a combination of software and hardware. What you see on your monitor can vary, depending on the brand, as well as how old old it is. So if you're doing quite a bit of printing, then taking the time to calibrate your monitor using one of these calibration devices can be invaluable. It can ensure that you're getting accurate colors in your prints. In general, calibration devices are made up of software that you would install on your computer, as well as a small hardware component that attaches directly to your monitor. The software and monitor then work together to measure and record a sequence of colors. The process can vary depending on what type of calibration system you're using. So be sure to follow the instructions. Calibration devices come in various brands and include, but are not limited to, the X-Rite i1Display, X-Rite's ColorMunki, ColorEyes Display, Pantone, and Datacolor. You can select your calibration device depending on your budget, as well as the frequency with which you print. And that brings us to the end of the lesson. In our next lesson, we will discuss how color profiles come into play when preparing images for print.

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