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Monitor Calibration - Why calibrate my monitor?

example of an eye-one being used as a monitor calibrator So you've got your paper profiled for your printer. You're using a digital camera that captures to a certain colourspace (for example let's say Adobe RGB). If your camera is pretty accurate with its colour capture, then you can be quite happy that a photo you capture will be printed correctly with true to life colours.

Unfortunately that's not the end of it. There's another device in the colour management chain that really needs to be calibrated. If you're going to be doing any image editing, then it's a very good idea to get your monitor calibrated (your camera or scanner can also be calibrated too, but that's a whole new subject, and with the accuracy of the latest digital cameras, it isn't the most critical in the colour management chain).

With a calibrated monitor, you will know that when you change a colour on the monitor, you are changing it to exactly the same colour in the image file. You will know that the resultant image is what you want, and that the image on your monitor will match the print from your printer. If you're going to send the image to anyone else, or if you're displaying it on the web, then you can also be certain that anyone looking at it will see what you see (providing their monitors are calibrated too!). This is very important if you're sending the image to a printing company or a publishing house, as your neutral print on your uncalibrated monitor might well result in an image with an obvious colour cast for everyone else.

Monitor calibration is not a one-off operation either. It should be done regularly, at least once a month and more often if colour accuracy is important to you. The colour accuracy of monitors changes over time, so you have to keep on calibrating.