Your monitor has to be calibrated so that you can see the real colors of the images that you are going to print out or show. Monitor calibration is done by web designers, video editors, photographers and graphic professionals to be sure that the color of the output is the same as what is seen on the screen while they are working. You have to go through several steps in order to calibrate your monitor.
Here are the steps on how to calibrate your monitor:
- Before Calibration - Before you start to calibrate your monitor, the first thing you have to do is to check if your monitor is set to the highest resolution. Also, make sure that your monitor is set to 24-bit mode. For people using Windows, you can check this by right clicking on an area on the desktop. Choose graphic properties from the menu and see if it is set to 24-bit mode. For Mac users, go to Preferences and click on Displays. From the options, choose Colors: Millions. Allow your computer to warm up as the colors of the monitor are still adjusting. For best results, wait for at least 30 minutes before starting color calibration.
- Set Up - In screen calibration, make sure that your monitor is not hit by direct sunlight as the calibration may not be accurate. Have enough light in the room for calibration but make sure that no shadow or reflection is blocking your monitor. Print a picture on a quality printer. It is also advisable to use high quality paper to achieve the best results. After printing, allow the picture to dry so that the ink will settle.
- Contrast and Brightness - While waiting for the ink to settle, you can adjust the contrast and brightness of your monitor. You can use a free online calibration test and follow the instructions to adjust the whites and the blacks on the monitor.
- Color Levels - Once the picture is fully dry, you can now calibrate the color levels of the monitor. Open the image that you printed. Compare the colors that you see on the monitor and on the print out. To calibrate, adjust the color levels of the monitor until you see that the colors of the image on the monitor are the same as the colors on the picture. Once you see that they are similar, you have successfully calibrated your monitor.
- Software - If you do not have a good eye for color, you can calibrate your monitor by using a calibration software. There are different software that can help you in calibrating your monitor. They are easy to use and you can use the wizard in the software to be able to go through all the steps in calibration. You can also look for different tools online that will help you calibrate. Other tools you can use in color management are the ColorVision Spyder and the Pantone Huey. These have had great reviews as a utility used in calibration.
These are the steps on how to calibrate your monitor the simple way. In order to have the best results, you have to do monitor calibration at least twice a month. This will ensure that the quality of your work will be exceptional.