Calibrating a laptop monitor

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Bill Hilton, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. Bill Hilton

    Bill Hilton Guest

    Anybody have tips on how to calibrate a laptop monitor? I have a Colorvision
    Spyder with the baffle for an LCD but there are so few controls available to
    adjust the screen (compared to my CRTs) that basically I just define the gamma
    and color temp and let the Spyder take the color measurements and create a
    profile without any additional interaction. I think all I could do is change
    the brightness of the screen anyway.

    I'm not going to do any color-critical work on this, I'm using it mainly to
    store files from digital cameras while traveling, reviewing the images for
    composition and sharpness. All the real work is done when we get home, but I'd
    like to be able to see them better when using the laptop on the road. The
    monitor defaulted to some sRGB spec so when I ran the Spyder on it and got a
    basic default ICM profile things improved greatly, but I'm wondering if there
    are ways to improve further on this.

    This is a Dell 5150 with a basic 14" TFT screen and a Radeon 32 MB graphics
    card. Any tips would be appreciated, or if this is what you get with an LCD
    I'd like to know that too.

    Bill Hilton, Apr 24, 2004
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  2. Not without investing in expensive calibration hardware. The Spyder is
    pretty good, and as you said you will not do any color-critical work on
    your laptop, I would leave it with that.
    Johan W. Elzenga, Apr 25, 2004
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  3. Bill Hilton

    leo Guest

    While looking at the same Hell Boy QT trailer in the Apple site using
    Powerbook 12" G4 and Sony VAIO TR3A.

    I notice that the general tone of the page has brownish, grey color and the
    gradation of the grey on the PB is awful. Black is kinda dark grey. This
    doesn't change too much whether I set the gamma to the mac default at 1.8 or

    On the VAIO TR3's XBRITE LCD screen, the same page renders bluish, grey tone
    and gradation is deep and rich and smooth. Black is truely black. Although
    the overall brightness is very good in wide angle too but I can see color
    shifts depending on where your head tilt to.

    It's odd that the same webpage renders totally different images on different

    I have seen the desktop LCD that looks very good in a glance but I have not
    paid too much attention to it in the stores. Is it good enough for serious
    color related works? Do you have to look at the screen straight on?
    leo, Apr 25, 2004
  4. Have you installed the fancy video drivers from ATI in place of the
    default Windows drivers? Sometimes that gets you a lot more controls.

    Loren Amelang, Apr 25, 2004
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