Calibration with Colors

Calibration with Colors

It is not only people who work with heavy machineries and computer networks need to deal with calibration processes. Even graphic artists, layout artists and ordinary people who use their personal computer to adjust their photos need to calibrate their computer systems.

Color calibration is the process of adjusting the colors of your monitor and computers to fit the color of the printer that you will be using. Believe it or not, not all the colors that you see on screen will be the colors that will appear on the printer paper. Although of course the color will not change, the shade will either be lightened or darkened depending on the printer used.

How do you manage the color?

The first thing that a person should do when calibrating the color of your monitor screen is to check the device that you are using along with the computer. This include scanning devices, cameras and of course printers. Anything that deal with pictures and colors need to be checked and adjusted. In fact, DVD players and TV Screens are also being calibrated but of course, that’s a different story.

Once you have studied the device, create an ICC profile. This involves the transforming of the characteristics into a language that all the devices will be able to understand. Often, this language is based on some mathematical formula that is often adjusted through calibration software. Some, however, adjust the color manually.

The best way to calibrate the color of the screen yourself without having to call a calibrating service is to use a device called the colorimeter. This reads the colors and the brightness of your computer and TV screen. These, however, can be inexpensive and will often require the use of another software. One example of this device is the ColorVision’s Spyder PRO monitor calibrating colorimeter, which you can purchase online or in computer retail shops.

Printers are a little bit harder to calibrate since printers print differently. Also, the kind of paper that you will use in printing will also determine the kind of printout that you will have. Sometimes, when using a particular paper, you will have lighter results while another type of paper will produce darker prints.

Calibrating can be really complicated. A series of print outs will have to made and these color patches need to read through a color spectrophotometer. These values will then be compared to standard values.

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