Monitor Calibration & ICC Profile with CS - help?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by lynn.herrick, May 16, 2005.

  1. lynn.herrick

    lynn.herrick Guest

    Hi, I'm really hoping someone can help me with this, as I'm not sure I
    really understand how it works. I would like to calibrate my monitor so
    that my photos look exactly the same onscreen as my online printing
    service prints. I have the ICC profile for the printer that they use,
    but how do I go about getting my monitor calibrated to the same thing?
    I'm willing to get a monitor calibrator if that would help. Any help or
    advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Lynn
    lynn.herrick, May 16, 2005
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    Jim Guest

    The printer profile will be of no use to a monitor. You need Monaco or
    Colorvision to create a profile for your monitor. If instead you try Adobe
    Gamma, I hope you have better luck than me getting a good profile.
    Jim, May 16, 2005
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    KatWoman Guest

    ask the printer for the test file that comes with Photoshop, he will give
    you a CD with a TIFF and a print of the same file.*
    You can adjust the monitor by eye to look more like the print. Use Adobe
    gamma or your display settings (On a PC, click

    If you are extremely picky about the output being exactly what you see on
    screen and have some $ get the calibration hardware and software. It is a
    more scientific, precise way.

    *the test file has charts with all spectrum and grayscale, shows a good
    range of skintones.
    I keep my own monitor calibrated to my in house printer but I know that my
    lab has a warmer tone to their prints and the paper itself is less white
    than I send them a print from my printer as a proof so at least we get
    similar results.

    I guess you could send the test file from PS and get a print made as a test
    since you will be ordering online. Then you can see how "off" the colors
    KatWoman, May 16, 2005
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    I would like to calibrate my monitor so that my photos look
    You need an accurate ICC profile for your monitor (which has nothing to
    do with the printer ICC profile). What will then happen is the numbers
    (colors) in your files will get translated by the monitor ICC profile
    so they look as accurate as possible on screen, given the properties of
    your monitor (and accuracy of the profile). You can then use the
    printer ICC profile to 'soft proof' in Photoshop to get an idea of how
    the final print will look on your monitor. This is more or less
    successful, depending on how accurate both profiles are and how many
    colors are out of gamut for one or both devices. You mention "exactly
    the same" but often this is not possible.

    This is an excellent introductory article on the ICC profile concept
    .... ... and here's
    another on 'soft proofing' ...

    Bill Hilton, May 17, 2005

  5. yep, this is how it is SUPPOSED to work. There are so many variables
    in this process, it often fails to astound. But it can be a beautiful
    PeeVee_Hermann, May 17, 2005
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    lynn.herrick Guest

    Thanks, the printer does do a test card, so I'll try sending it from my
    PC and see if it looks anything like theirs!
    lynn.herrick, May 17, 2005
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    lynn.herrick Guest

    Brilliant! I had no idea that the softproof thing was even there!
    Presumably I can load that to the ICC profile of the Frontier Printer
    my printer uses and get a better idea what to it's just my
    monitor I have to get right....
    lynn.herrick, May 17, 2005
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