Is My Monitor Calibrated Properly?
Nothing is worse that editing an entire session, getting your clients orders, then seeing that the photos in your hands do not look anywhere near the edit on your computer. If you edit an image so that it is “WARM” or you edit it so that it appears “COOL” you want to know that when it is printed that it will come out properly. There are several things you need to do to ensure that from edit to print you will have the correct results.
Step 1 ~ Calibrate your Monitor.
There are several options available to you when calibrating your monitor – today I will cover how I take care of my calibration. I am a no nonsense type of person. Looking around, there seemed to be many people using the Spyder. I thought, what the heck?! I hate spiders! Why would anyone call it something like that?! (Because, I do think like that – hahaha). I figured that it would still be worth researching further if I wanted to become a true “professional” photographer. It seemed quite strait forward and easy to use so I purchased it. Back then it was the Spyder2Pro that I ended up with. Today I have the Spyder4Pro and am drooling over the Spyder5Pro.
Why Calibrate your Monitor?
Review by John Arnold
The Data Color is the company that creates Spyder Products. Here they talk about Display Calibration.
You do have other options for calibrating your monitor. The one I hear just about as much as I hear colorMunki
We will address colorMunki and a variety of other products in a future blog.
Can I calibrate my monitor for FREE?
Here is Aaron Nace of Phlearn to show you how you can calibrate your monitor for Free!
Step 2 ~ Calibrate your Printer.
If you are going to be printing your product from home you will also need to calibrate your printers. Viewing how an image truly works all fine and dandy unless your printer is not calibrated as well. Data Color has a Printer Profiling option.
In this house we have a printer for printing my husband’s Art Cards. Nathaniel P Wilkerson is the owner of Wilkerson Art. His work is Northwest Coast Tribal Art. The colors have just as much to do with the design as the design itself. There are traditional colors – Red, Black, and White
There are Tertiary colors – Teal, copper
There are unconventional colors – but they too need to be consistent and work with the design of the art.
When we decide on the right color palate we need for the cards to come out flawlessly. We do that by calibrating our printers to our monitor settings. It is a process, but ensures that the product is professional and appealing.
If you choose not to have your own printers then you will need to outsource your work. You want to shop around. When you outsource you essentially – interview your press. Contact them to get some test prints made up of your art. They will usually let you know the calibration settings that they are working off. They will send you a print – 3 of your work letting you know how it appears off of their press. If they are too cool or warm you may not want to choose them – if they are spot on it may be a good fit. However, it could be you need to recalibrate your monitor. Only send out for test prints after you have calibrated. That part is important. You want to test the calibration and that can only be done once you have calibrated.
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