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Chapter 26. Resolution, Gamma, and the V... > Designing for the Real World

Designing for the Real World

Calibrating the Monitor to Balance Colors

Because many readers don't have much experience calibrating their monitors, this exercise will help you to do just that. This will improve the way you see color on your screen, work successfully with gamma, and output colors that are as balanced as possible.

Mechanical calibration devices are available. Although they are more accurate, they are also fairly cost–prohibitive for most people, ranging from $600–$1,200. A number of calibration software packages are on the market which are much less expensive, including Pantone's Personal Color Calibrator. Adobe bundles Gamma software with the Adobe Photoshop software package. For the purposes of this exercise, we'll be walking through the Adobe option. However, your software should be quite similar.


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