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Chapter 5. Anger Management: Color Manag... > Calibrating Your Monitor (The Cheapo... - Pg. 131

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers If you have any hope of getting what comes out of your color inkjet printer to match what you see onscreen, you absolutely, positively have to calibrate your monitor. It's the cornerstone of color management, and basically there are two ways to do this: (1) Buy a hardware calibration sensor that calibrates your monitor precisely; or (2) use the free built-in system software calibration, which is better than nothing, but not by much because you're literally just "eyeing" it. We'll start here with the built-in freebie calibration, but if you're really serious about this stuff, turn to the next technique and learn the hardware method. Calibrating Your Monitor (The Cheapo Freebie Method) Freebie Calibration: First, we'll look at the worst-case sce- nario: You're broke (you spent all avail- able funds on the upgrade to CS2 and Clay Aiken's new CD), so you'll have to go with the free built-in system software calibration (which, as I mentioned, is bet- ter than not calibrating at all, but not by a whole bunch). Macintosh computers have calibration built into the system, but Windows PCs use a separate utility from Adobe called Adobe Gamma, so we'll start with that, and then we'll do the Mac freebie calibration. To get to Adobe Gamma on your Windows PC (if you're using Windows XP), go under the Start menu from the Taskbar, and then go to the Control Panel. Click on Adobe Gamma. Step One (PC): This brings up the Adobe Gamma dialog. Choose Step By Step (Wizard), which will lead you through the steps for creating a pretty lame calibration profile. (Hey, I can't help it--that's what it does. Do you really want me to sugarcoat it? Okay, how's this? "It will lead you through the steps for proper calibration" [cringe].) Note: Results will vary depending on whether your monitor is a CRT, LCD, etc. Continued Color Management Step-by-Step Chapter 5 131