Does anyone make a color test card for CRT/printer setup color adjustment ?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Al Dykes, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. Al Dykes

    Al Dykes Guest

    I've seen screen calibration spiders, and similar accessories
    to calibrate a printer and it's a bit much at my stage
    of expertese and equipment.

    As a lower-tech approach, does anyone make a test card that covers the
    range of colors I can expect to handle. I can shoot it with my
    digicam, look at the results on-screen and print it.

    It would also be useful to be able to download the same image
    from the manufacturer's web site to compare print and compare
    to the test card. The web site could have the same image
    in different profiles, in tif, and Photoshop formats.

    Is there a better way ?
    Al Dykes, Apr 12, 2004
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  2. jpc wrote in
    This method will not really work. It assumes that you can ...
    .... trust the cameras white balance when photographing colored cards.
    .... somehow modify the monitors color output without making a profile.
    .... somehow modify the printers color output without making a profile.

    I am no color management purist, but I would say that it will
    be hard to get close :)

    Roland Karlsson, Apr 12, 2004
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  3. If so - please tell me also :)

    Nope - I have found no method for color calibrating a monitor
    without measuring it. You can calibrate gamma, but not color.

    But if you want to try - this is what I propose.

    The Canon printers seem to have rather good color calibration
    from the factory (at least my i9100 does). Buy a Canon printer.
    Then - print a test picture that contains some step tablets
    and some skin tone pictures. Then use the settings on your monitor
    to get the color "feel" as close as possible. BTW - my previous
    Epson (970) was way off and needed serious color calibration.

    Don't forget that your tungsten lamp is probably 2700 Kelvin
    and the light leeking in from the window might be up to 12000
    Kelvin. So ... any monitor calibration you make might be totally
    bogus anyway.

    Roland Karlsson, Apr 12, 2004
  4. Al Dykes

    Robert Polk Guest

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    They make a test card that you can use in your editing program.

    Digital Bob
    Robert Polk, Apr 12, 2004
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