Complete Guide To Monitor Calibration And Accurate Color – How To Calibrate Your Monitor

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We sat down to write a full and in-depth article on calibrating your monitors. There is so much misinformation out there, leaving many people confused. We wanted to change that and guide you through the process and explain your options along the way.

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After years of working in a stressful IT environment and combating mental illness, Daniel finally found fulfillment in the creative field. By using the process of retouching as therapy and drawing from his technical background Daniel grew to become an award-winning, internationally published retoucher, and Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert in less than two years. His retouching agency, BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING, offers both professional retouching services for high-end clients as well as professional education in an effort to help others reach the same results that Daniel takes pride in. Daniel will happily answer any of your questions!
Daniel

Daniel

After years of working in a stressful IT environment and combating mental illness, Daniel finally found fulfillment in the creative field. By using the process of retouching as therapy and drawing from his technical background Daniel grew to become an award-winning, internationally published retoucher, and Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert in less than two years. His retouching agency, BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING, offers both professional retouching services for high-end clients as well as professional education in an effort to help others reach the same results that Daniel takes pride in. Daniel will happily answer any of your questions!

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  1. Nice article, but leaves us confused when you use other values yourself in DisplayCal like K 6300 Daylight, etc. Can you touch on why you set your settings and not the recommended ones? And why all the other options like L* contrast curve, etc?

    It’s like, do as I say but not do as I do kind of article.

    1. As with many things, different people have different opinions or stands on this topic.
      Generally, you are deciding for a specific grey-balance if you are comparing your screen to a physical medium. This could be comparing to an object placed in a lightbox or a specific paper used in the printing process.
      When merely working on a monitor, the grey-balance or white point does not have much of an effect as your eyes will adapt to it. That said, the light in your environment can also affect how the color temperature of your monitor is perceived.

      For example. I mostly work in a comparably dark room with dimm lighting. the lights, however, are warmer than daylight and thus I have decided to go with a warmer calibration target too.

      Hope that makes sense =)

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