When editing a photo how to match it with screen colors?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Josh, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. Josh

    Josh Guest

    I have a question that bothers me since switching to digital picture
    taking. When I am editing a picture I match the various color settings
    such as brightness, contrast, shadows etc based on what I see on the
    monitor's screen.

    How can I be sure that my monitor is adjusted to match the true
    colors? Are there any calibration tools or utilities?

    Josh, Jul 30, 2005
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    Jim Guest

    You need to create device specific profiles for both your monitor and your
    printer. The most popular such tools are Colorvision and Monaco.
    Jim, Jul 30, 2005
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    C Wright Guest

    By calibration tools I assume that you mean software that does not already
    come with your operating system (Macs have better software than PCs in this
    As far as tools/utilities take a look at these two sites:
    These are just two of the major players, there are several others.
    What you get is a device and software to go with it that will create a
    custom profile for your monitor. I personally use Pantone's Spyder2 on my
    LCD type monitors, but others I am sure will have other favorites.
    C Wright, Jul 30, 2005
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    Roy Guest

    Hi there.

    You need to learn up about Colour Management. Have a look at
    http://www.computer-darkroom.com/ which has very in-depth articles. It is
    not an easy subject, but it is not rocket science either.

    Once you have read up on it, you should set up your workflow and try for
    correct prints before rushing out and spending even more money on additional

    I don't have any special C.M. hardware, and my prints are more than just Ok.

    If you are using a CRT Monitor, you might get away with just using Adobe
    Gamma to calibrate it. You might also get away with using the Printer -
    Paper Profiles from your Printer or Paper maker's site.

    I have to say "might" in the above, because Printers are all slightly
    different, and people's colour awareness varies, so while it works for me
    and my system, it might not work for you.

    If you are using a Flat Panel Monitor, you will need a Calibrating Tool,
    such as Spyder.

    Or alternatively you may find a local Calibrating Service, who will come in
    and Calibrate your Monitor and Printer. Some charge a great deal and others
    a more modest fee.

    But do study up on C.M. first, and do ask for advice from the Real Experts
    on this NG.

    Roy G
    Roy, Jul 30, 2005
  5. Josh

    Josh Guest

    Thanks to you all for your replies but I may not have expressed myself
    properly. I am not printing my images but what I am refering to is the
    stage from the jpg "as taken by my digicam" to the correct setting of
    contrast, brightness and temperature on the monitor screen. If, for
    example I have set the screen contrast to say 60%, the brightness to
    80% and temperature to 6500 then this will be the basis for correcting
    the shadows, highlights etc of my digicam picture with Photoshop .

    So, the question is how can I set the screen to produce a faithful jpg
    picture (and not a faithful print)?

    Josh, Jul 30, 2005
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    C Wright Guest

    All of the responses, including mine, that I have seen so far _have_
    discussed producing a faithful picture on your monitor!
    If you are expecting to be given specific contrast, brightness and color
    temperature settings as a solution you really need to read much more
    regarding color management. Often these controls do not even do what the
    manufacturer's label would have you believe - for example, the control
    labeled brightness is often not really a brightness control.
    The secret of color color management on a monitor is, with a specific color
    temperature and a specific gamma, getting each color to match a standard.
    The idea is to have, for example, a color that is Red-50, Blue-100 and
    Green-150 look the same on any calibrated monitor.
    C Wright, Jul 30, 2005
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    Roy Guest

    Hi there.

    Yes I know we have all gone a little bit further into C.M. than you asked

    If you think about it, you will realise that in order to get a good print
    result, everything before that has to be set up correctly. So if you only
    want to get the monitor correct, then just stop after you have completed
    the Monitor Calibration stage.

    If you are using a CRT then it is very likely that Adobe Gamma will do what
    you want.

    But! How will you know, if it is correct?

    Will you transfer files to another computer which also has a Calibrated
    Monitor, and then compare the colours?

    Most of us are re-assured that everything is correct, when we get correct

    Roy G
    Roy, Jul 31, 2005
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    Warren Sarle Guest

    There are no true colors. Could you express what you want to do in a less
    metaphysical way?
    Warren Sarle, Aug 2, 2005
  9. Josh

    Josh Guest


    All I want to do is look at the monitor and be sure that I correct my
    images faithfully with Photoshop or any other picture editing program.
    Again, I am not interested in the printing side of pictures just in
    correcting them properly.

    Josh, Aug 2, 2005
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    Creative Guest

    Just buy a Colorvision Spyder and let it do the calibration for you.

    Ian Wharton
    Creative Photographics
    Creative, Aug 3, 2005
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