Summary – Calibrating and profiling your monitor as described in the two previous posts is important – BUT – you may not be done. Not if your computer isn’t aware of the profiles – and, thus, not using them. You need to make sure this doesn’t happen. It should be automatic, but don’t count on it.
My monitor is both calibrated & profiled
AND – You mean there’s still more to do??
Short answer – maybe yes (assume the worst 😉 )
Depends on your computer & operating system
An in-camera multiple exposure; 9-shot vertical pan
I’ve been invited to do a program on abstract photography
March 2014 – plenty of time to prepare
Depending on your definition of abstract, this image may or may not qualify
After you’ve gone through the time & effort
To calibrate & profile your monitor
Your computer probably knows all about what you’ve done
will might use it correctly
BUT – don’t count on it 😦
There are two separate questions to be answered –
1. Is the profile stored properly?
The likely answer here is YES, but
To check & be sure, look here
Mac OS X /Library/Colorsync/Profiles
2. Is the operating system using the correct profile??
You’d think if the profile is where it should be
That would be the end of it
The O/S sometimes uses the wrong profile
Not the one you just created
Which might be worse than not profiling at all
If you’re a Windows user open the Control Panel
Navigate to Color Management
Check this display on the Devices panel
The instructions (bottom left) are clear
Mac users – I apologize; unable to find corresponding info for you
Another bonus for Windows (no Mac counterpart that I could find)
X-Rite’s DisplayProfile.exe allows you to
Check which profile your PC is using
Note that the data below
Matches the Control Panel data above
To download the utility, click this next image –
For some time after I began profiling my monitorS (plural)
I answered question 1 to my satisfaction and
Always assumed the answer to #2 was YES
It’s easy to get tripped up
Especially with a dual monitor system
Are you sure the O/S has things right?
Check it; don’t take it for granted.
Windows assigned the laptop’s profile to my 2nd monitor
This 2nd monitor is the one where
ALL of my image processing is done!
Don’t take anything for granted in this arena
Calibrate & profile your monitors regularly (they can drift)
After each new profile
Check to ensure that the computer has it as the default
Even in between calibration/profiling
RE-check it once in a while
Some O/S’s (Win Vista notably) have the bad habit of
Dropping or corrupting your profile
If you suddenly start seeing strange colors
Check this out
If you upgrade anything – especially your O/S
Re-check the profile settings
If you use Windows, the X-Rite utility is a life-saver
It runs instantly
If you have two monitors,
Just drag it from one to the other and
It instantly changes to match the monitor it’s on
Here’s an example – watch the profile switch
As DisplayProfile.exe is
Dragged between two monitors
Trust no one; trust nothing –
Especially your eyes when it comes to color 😉
Are we having fun yet? Done yet?
You just know we’re not 😉
Your monitor’s calibrated
And – it’s profiled
And – The operating system is on-board
What else could there possibly be?
Tune in tomorrow for our next thrilling episode of
Somewhere Over the Rainbow with ROY G. BIV
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