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Lesson 19. Setting Up Your Monitor for C... > Calibrating and characterizing your ...

Calibrating and characterizing your monitor

The first requirement for color management is to calibrate your monitor and create an accurate ICC profile for it. Although this doesn’t address your entire workflow, at least it ensures that your monitor displays colors as precisely as it can. Calibration is the process of setting your monitor, or any device, to known color conditions. Characterization, or profiling, is the process of creating an ICC profile that describes the unique color characteristics of your device or standard. Always calibrate your monitor, or any device, before creating a profile for it; otherwise, the profile is only valid for the current state of the device.

Using Adobe Gamma utility with LCDs

Although the Adobe Gamma utility will adjust some features of a liquid crystal display monitor (LCD), the utility is designed primarily for calibrating and profiling cathode ray tube monitors (CRTs). If you use the Adobe Gamma utility for your LCD, skip the contrast step, because many LCSs lack a contrast control. For these, you can adjust only the intensity of the backlight. If you don’t use Adobe Gamma, then either use the factory-supplied ICC profile for your LCD or consider a hardware-based product for profiling. ColorVision, ColorBlind, Gretag Macbeth, and DisplayMate are a few of the manufacturers who provide calibration and profiling solutions specifically for LCDs.



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