Before you use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, or any other digital imaging program, you must have confidence in the accuracy of your screen. I put these tutorial videos together to demonstate how I use the X-Rite EyeOne Display2 monitor calibration system. The EyeOne is my favorite calibration system, and I use it monthly on my MacBook Pro. In my office, I use the EyeOne to calibrate my Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor. Yes, I am happy running a Dell monitor with my Mac!
Although these videos were made on a Mac, most of the material that I cover here works in the same way with any Operating System and with any calibration program. Regardless of brand, there are two parts to the calibration process. The first step is to get your monitor as close as possible to its perfect settings using the screen’s physical controls. Technically, this is the calibration phase of the process.
Once the monitor is “calibrated,” our software will test it for color accuracy and then build a “profile” which corrects for any remaining discrepancy. This sounds scary, but as you will see in my videos software like the EyeOne’s makes all of the parts of this process push-button easy. The best part is that once the software finishes its routine that our new profile will be saved into your computer’s startup routine. Once it is into the system startup, you can turn on the computer and get right to work feeling confident that your screen is giving you an accurate representation of your digital image.
This first tutorial movie is intended for photographers who are using any type of external monitor except those made by Apple. If you are trying to calibrate a Mac laptop screen, or if you are using an Apple Display, skip this movie and watch the second one.
Photographer’s trying to calibrate Mac laptop screen, or an Apple Display, need to poke around in their System Preferences before they run the Eye-One application. Calibrating Apple screens is just a tiny bit harder because they have so few external buttons.
Go > System Preferences > Displays > Color > Calibrate to find the controls that I demonstrate in this movie. Once you have found these controls, we need to set the Mac’s display calibration program to a white point of 6500K and to a gamma of 2.2. Laptop users should also turn off the “automatically adjust brightness as ambient light changes” option, and leave it off, before calibrating.
For more information on calibration, and on my favorite monitors, please read this post.