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How to use a Spyder Calibrator to create a color profile on your monitor.

Last Updated: Jun 22, 2015 06:51PM CDT
ok, so this is a little bit more advanced than the previous articles that you may have seen. I will walk you through on how to calibrate any monitor with the Spyder 4 Elite color calibrator. 

First things first: install the software BEFORE you plug in the calibrator to your PC, otherwise the drivers will not install correctly. Follow all the prompts on the screen until you are finished installing the program. You may now plug in the Spyder and wait for drivers to install and only then launch the Datacolor software. Then, you will follow all of the prompts that it gives you for calibrating the monitor.

you may ask, why go through all of this? Well, if you want to get your monitor to display colors that are truest to life on that panel, then you will have to do this. This is mostly applicable for people who work in the printing industry, so if you would like to do prints and want to make sure that the colors that are on your screen are very similar to the colors that come out of the printer, you will have to go through this.

of course, there are limitations: the panel type being the main one. Some panel types are just not inherently good at reproducing color very well, like Twisted Nematic panels, so do not go with that panel type if you want good color. No mater how much calibrating you do, it wont be any good. Currently, we offer one model designed specifically for printing, the PG2401PT, but you can perform the color calibration on any screen that you use.

So, back to the walkthrough; you have to make sure that the panel stayed on 30 minutes prior to calibration for warm up, to get the color levels stable. You will also need to make sure that you have moderate ambient light in the room that is not directed at the screen that you are calibrating as that will skew the results. 

Next, make sure that the brightness levels on the monitor itself are set to your liking as that affects the calibration results. After that, its a breeze to follow on screen prompts and finish up the process. 

you will want to make sure your calibration settings are set to have a gamma of 2.2 and a white point of at least 6500K.

after the calibration is finished, it will create a .icm file, a color profile that will be loaded into the monitor drivers to use next time.
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