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Basic Monitor Calibration


Quick Monitor Brightness Calibration:



The top 'bar' of the calibration image above comprises alternating 0% black and 5% grey squares. You should ONLY JUST be able to perceive the bar as squares rather than an all black strip. If the bar looks solid black your monitor is adjusted TOO DARK.
The middle bar comprises 21 steps of neutral grey in 5% steps from 0% black to 100% white.

The bottom 'bar' comprises alternating 100% white and 95% grey squares. You should ONLY JUST be able to precieve the bar as squares rather than an all white strip. If the bar looks solid white your monitor is adjusted TOO LIGHT.

Contrast Adjustment: Set the contrast control to 100%.

Brightness Adjustment: Adjust the brightness CAREFULLY until you can ONLY JUST see the squares in the top bar of the image above.
Keep an eye on the grey squares in the middle band - especially the three at each end of the scale.


Monitor Calibration with Reference Print:

Background Information:
The following information is given as a guide to help you get the prints that you want from Photo Color. Generally for our regular customers (photographing families, babies, holidays, weddings and general photography) our standard service is the best choice. We will individually look at of your images and adjust the colour and brightness to give you the best result. However for those people that want images the are more unusual or very spefic requiremnets we offer the following option. We will supply you with a reference print which you can use to adjust you monitor to closely match our output. When you request your prints you must then request that we print your images with all auto corrections turned off and no manual corrections. (Remeber that this procedure is only a basic adjustment and full calibration require special equipment.)

Firstly you need to obtain our monitor calibration reference print. This can be collected from our store or requested by email.

Once you have your reference print open our monitor calibration screen image then compare the hard copy to your screen version. View the print with a daylight balance lamp then adjust your monitor to match it by adjusting contrast, brightness, colour and gamma. You can usually adjust these from both your monitor's front panel directly and from your graphics card's on board control, (from >START > settings > control panel > display). Unfortuntely we dol not accept any responsibility for unanticipated results produced by changing your monitor's settings.

This information is supplied as a guide only.


Using the on-sceen menu of your monitor set the colour temperature to 5500 K the standard for imaging professionals.