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Old 03-08-2019   #1
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Can anybody give me insight into Monitor Calibration? I have a new computer and monitor. My old Spyder Express isn't compatible. Sent a recent batch of scans off for printing with a place I've been happy with and the color looked OK the density was way off from what's displayed.

What do you folks use/do? Would calibrating help?

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https://www.xrite.com/categories/cal.../i1display-pro

Unless you calibrate your monitor you're prints would be hit or miss.
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I Use a Spyder Pro with a BenQ SW2700PT 27"- but still need to test prints and do some tweaking
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The very best way to go is to use a self-calibrating screen that was designed for graphics and photo work, like the NEC Spectraview screens or the Eizo Coloredge. They're expensive, but really are worth the money. I use an NEC Spectraview PA241W.


If you have a regular screen, the best calibration system is the Xrite i1 Display Pro.
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You know when you ask a question on the internet everyone tells you what they do which isn't exactly the answer you want. That always cracks me up.

I am not going to check for you, but you might be able to use Argyll/DisplayCal with your puck. They are open source and free.

I don't remember offhand what the software was like on the Spyder Express, but I know without a doubt that DisplayCal will do a better job than any of the old software. The only downside to using it is you may find it really complicated.

BasicColor is another program that might work for you. The cost of it though might just lead you to get a new solution instead of trying to get your old one to work.

Hope that helps you.
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I am not going to check for you, but you might be able to use Argyll/DisplayCal with your puck. They are open source and free.
DisplayCal works for me and my obsolete equipment: Samsung SyncMaster 173P and X-Rite/Monaco Optix Puck.

Side note. No thanks to Samsung for designing a monitor without buttons, where the on-screen menus (contrast, color, etc) work only with their so-called MagicTune software. Last update was Win7.
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You know when you ask a question on the internet everyone tells you what they do which isn't exactly the answer you want. That always cracks me up.

I am not going to check for you, but you might be able to use Argyll/DisplayCal with your puck. They are open source and free.

I don't remember offhand what the software was like on the Spyder Express, but I know without a doubt that DisplayCal will do a better job than any of the old software. The only downside to using it is you may find it really complicated.

BasicColor is another program that might work for you. The cost of it though might just lead you to get a new solution instead of trying to get your old one to work.

Hope that helps you.


DisplayCal does not expressly support the Spyder Express hardware.

https://displaycal.net/#instruments


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Thanks for all the responses. I think I'm going to save my pennies for the NEC solution



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The very best way to go is to use a self-calibrating screen that was designed for graphics and photo work, like the NEC Spectraview screens or the Eizo Coloredge. They're expensive, but really are worth the money. I use an NEC Spectraview PA241W.


If you have a regular screen, the best calibration system is the Xrite i1 Display Pro.
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After you calibrate your screen, you still have to figure out how to match your calibrated screen to your printer output with print profiles. It is a real rabbit hole, taking on a life of its own.
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Seems like a rabbit hole. I outsource printing. They suggest embedding Adobe RGB in the files


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After you calibrate your screen, you still have to figure out how to match your calibrated screen to your printer output with print profiles. It is a real rabbit hole, taking on a life of its own.
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Info to help from the lab I used when in business:

https://www.whcc.com/resources/color%20

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Hi, iŽve never been able to calibrate my monitors....so i use the info tool in photoshop and calculate CMYK percentages, it works quite fine...inkjet printers are far precise than heidelbergs XD
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