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Part 13. Maintaining Your Mac > Calibrating Your Monitor

Calibrating Your Monitor

Start System Preferences and click the Displays icon.

Click the Color tab and click Calibrate. The Display Calibrator Assistant opens.

Click the Expert Mode box to create a more precise profile; then click Continue.

Make the monitor settings shown in the window and click Continue.


It wasn't all that long ago that computers had grayscale monitors, but now it's all about color. To make sure color looks right on your screen, however, you need to calibrate your system. Here's how to create a color device profile that tells your Mac how your monitor displays color and makes appropriate adjustments.


Managing Color

The software components that translate color between your Mac and your monitor comprise a color management system (CMS). In its full-fledged form, a CMS ensures consistent color throughout your system, from scanner to monitor to printer.


Where to Start

The Color tab of the Displays preference pane includes a list of profiles. If one of those matches or is close to the monitor you're using, click to select that profile before you start the calibration process. You'll get a more accurate profile that way.

Follow the instructions on the Native Response, Target Gamma, and Target White Point screens, clicking Continue after each screen.

If you're an admin user, check the box to make the profile available to all users of this Mac; then click Continue.

Enter a name for the profile and click Continue. The Display Calibrator Assistant saves the profile.

Click Done.



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