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Lesson 19. Setting Up Your Monitor for C... > Preparing to calibrate your monitor

Preparing to calibrate your monitor

Before you begin to make monitor adjustments, it’s important that the conditions be right for the procedure and that your computer is cleared of settings or old utilities that might conflict with the process.

If you have any older versions of Adobe Gamma, delete them because they are obsolete. Use the latest Adobe Gamma utility instead. (Windows only): If the Monitor Setup Utility (included with PageMaker 6.x) is on your system, delete it because it, too, is now obsolete.

Make sure that your monitor has been turned on for at least a half hour. This gives it sufficient time to warm up for a more accurate color reading.

Set the room lighting to the level you plan to maintain consistently.

Remove colorful background patterns on your monitor desktop. Busy or bright patterns surrounding a document interfere with accurate color perception. Set your desktop to display neutral grays only, using RGB values of 128. For more information, see the manual for your operating system.

If your monitor has digital controls for choosing the white point of your monitor from a range of preset values, set those controls before starting. If you set them after you begin the calibration process, you’ll need to begin the process again. Later, you’ll set the white point to match your monitor’s current setting.

On the Windows desktop, choose Start > Settings > Control Panel.

Double-click Display, and then click the Settings tab and make sure that your monitor is displaying thousands of colors or more.



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