Color Accuracy – Monitor Calibration

Posted on 2012/01/27 at 08:30 by daarken 13 Comments

One of the challenges with digital art is that you will often encounter color and contrast variations from monitor to monitor. While it is not possible to control other people’s monitor settings, there are a few things you can do to help mitigate the damage, especially when going to print. Daarken talks about different color profiles in Photoshop and goes over how to calibrate your monitor using the Pantone Huey Pro.

13 Comments on "Color Accuracy – Monitor Calibration"

  1. TomDeVis · 2012/01/27 at 15:02 · Reply

    The reason you can’t see any difference is because the image is always the same.
    The settings that are changing are not the settings of your image but the settings of how your monitor shows the settings.

    You could have showed the difference if you took photographs / recorded a video from your screen.

    Thank you for this video. Didn’t suspect you creating one about this but I learned a thing or two !

    • JW · 2016/10/11 at 04:17 · Reply


  2. toramarusama · 2012/01/27 at 15:27 · Reply

    About what you said in the end of the video: my monitor did show the color changes when changing color profiles. I assume it must depend on the monitor and the video codecs.

    By the way, pretty useful tutorial. Calibrating my monitor is always a pain u.uU

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/27 at 15:43 · Reply

      Are you talking about when I changed color profiles in Photoshop or when I used the Huey Pro? The ones in Photoshop should show up correctly.

      • toramarusama · 2012/01/28 at 00:34 · Reply

        Both of them. When you use the huey pro there is very little change, but it’s noticeable.

  3. Kyle · 2012/01/28 at 07:47 · Reply

    Hey, Daarken!

    great vid! you mentioned that calibrating a mac has never been an issue for you. Maybe it is the printers that I take my work to, but everything is always WAY darker than what it looks like on my screen. then trying to adjust the lights, darks and mid tone values is always a crap shoot.

    have you had this issue? if so, how do you deal with it? Thanks, Sir!

    here is an example of one that printed almost black

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/28 at 09:59 · Reply

      It could possibly be the printer you are going to. I honestly never have problems going to print, but then again my clients are all big clients that know what they are doing when it comes to print. Typically places like Kinko’s are horrible at printing. If you are printing at home, make sure to select the correct printer and paper profiles. You can also mess around with making it so that Photoshop determines the color instead of the printer or vice versa. If you set it to “Photoshop determines colors,” make sure to turn off color management in your printer setup.

      • Hav0cc · 2012/01/30 at 02:44 · Reply

        It could also be that the image is in RGB? (Haven’t watched the video yet) But when you print in RGB the print also comes out darker.

        If I print myself, I convert the final image in CMYK, and then save as a High-Quality non-interactive PDF.

        Afterwards I’ll go to a print-copy shop and let them print it out on the size I want and on a bit thicker paper than normal paper.

        hardly any difference in print with me, usually looks better when printed haha.

        Even tho I don’t print for clients… As I’m not working in the industry (yet.) I just print for myself to put in a portfolio.

  4. henry · 2012/01/28 at 15:27 · Reply

    Will a calibrator be helpful in matching colors from my laptop with my desktop monitor? Whenever I switch over working on laptop to my pc, the image is different. Its a pain to always have to edit them to match the colors I intended to have.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/28 at 15:52 · Reply

      Yes it will. You can calibrate both monitors.

  5. Kelly · 2012/01/30 at 11:44 · Reply

    Is there anyway to calibrate the monitor without using a program? 99 dollars seems a little steep… :/

    Also, you render light really well. Can you make a tutorial on how to paint light in photoshop? :)

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/30 at 14:24 · Reply

      Yes, I mentioned in the video that you can find programs/pictures online to calibrate your monitor. Just try Googling it. Yup, I will cover light in future tutorials. Thanks!

  6. Kyle · 2012/09/02 at 23:59 · Reply

    I remember Feng Zhu also mentioning in one of his videos that Apple’s displays are much more accurate than most when it comes to color .I actually used a puck I loaned from a teacher once and saw no real noticeable difference between the custom profile it created and the default profile on my iMac.
    I wonder if it has more to do with the way OSX handles color profiles than the actual display? I wonder that because Apple doesn’t actually manufacture their display panels so it seems odd that the same display panel in my iMac is any less accurate when built into another monitor and sold by a different company. It’s got to be a software/OS thing.

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