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Windows And Mac OS X: How To Calibrate Monitors

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Does your computer screen look a bit off? Too dim, maybe? Slightly bright, perhaps? Or some of the colors just doesn’t look quite right as they should. If so, then it’s probably the right time to tweak your display settings.
Fortunately, calibrating your display by eye is very easy, Instead of using those color calibrators or colorimeter devices which are pretty brutal to your wallet.

Two important notes before you start:
1.) Turn your monitor on for 30 minutes or so for it to warm up.
2.) Make sure that your monitor is running at its highest resolution.

The simplest and quickest way to calibrate monitor display is to use your monitor’s OSD (onscreen display). You can tweak the brightness, contrast, color levels, color temperature, sharpness and so on.
But for those who are using laptops that apparently do not have such control buttons, both Mac? OS X and Windows have utility features with various calibration settings that you can use.


On Windows, go to Control Panel and look for Calibrate. Click on Calibrate display color under Display.

The Display Color Calibration tool window will open. It will show you the following basic image settings: brightness, contrast, color balance and gamma. The tool will show you a test image and an example of what the idea level should looks like. A slider will be provided for you to make certain adjustments. However, you will need to locate? the controls for brightness and contrast because sliders are not supplied.
Once you have finished tweaking, a preview of your current settings and the previous calibration will be displayed. Then, just click on Finish and then you?re done.


Mac OS X
On Mac, open the System Preferences, Display and then click on the Color tab. After that, click on Calibrate button, and the Display Calibrator Assistant will open. It will guide you through adjusting your display and will create a calibrated color profile.

You will notice a check box for Expert Mode. If you leave it unchecked, you will only be able to access two settings: white point and target gamma. Target gamma is just a fancy term for ?contrast?, and in most cases should be left at 2.2 (standard) setting.
White point does not offer much range options. The cool 9300 was too blue, while the D50 warm setting was too yellow and the D65 neutral white and Native settings were not that noticeable from one another.

So it will be better to check the box for Expert Mode. With it checked, you will now have access on five test patterns to adjust the luminance ? or native gamma ? of your screen. Then, you will have more options for the target gamma, but it is still recommended to set it at 2.2. (Mac standard gamma)
The white point will have more options, which adjusts the display?s overall color tint. But unless you need a particular graphic work setting, it is probably best to use the default white point. Oh, and lastly, Expert Mode will let you act as an administrator. Meaning, you have the control to choose whether to allow other users to configure or access this calibration profile.

To finish it up, give a name to your profile and then click on Done. Your new profile will now be included in the Color tab of the Display option in the System Preferences.

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