Thread: Screen Calibration Issue HELP!
04-11-2009, 04:12 AM #1
Screen Calibration Issue HELP!
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- Apr 11, 2009
Hi all, wonder if someone can help/advise please.
I use my mac for design for print. However it drives me nuts (sometimes) that I have to use experience and also take lots of sampling in photoshop using the eyedropper & info of images to colour correct them. So when they print on a press in CMYK they look how someone wants them to look, not as they do on screen.
Wonder if there is a way I can calibrate my screen so it looks more or even a bit more like how an image will look in cmyk on press.
I did try and use the adjustments in the preferences on my mac, but wow its more like guesswork!
I'm working on a PowerBook G4 15" running OSX 10.3.9
Really hope someone can help
Many kind thanks in advance
04-11-2009, 04:46 AM #2
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Its a very dark art, calibration, sometimes I am not sure I understand it all myself
The following link shows you how to use the built in preference calibration pane
Color Calibration in OS X | 32packets
THere seems to be a debate on whether the target gamma should be 1.8 or 2.2. I would say that 1.8 is better for print, while some photograthers prefer 2.2, which is also better for web work.
THere is also a link here to another calibration app that seems to get favourable reviews, in fact I am going to give it a go myself
SuperCal by bergdesign
Apart from that the best way is to use a hardware calibration device
Spyder2express - Datacolor AG, Europe (Zurich, Switzerland)
Other than that you should make sure that Photoshop uses sRGB for RGB images and US Web Coated for CMYK images, unless your printer specifies a different CMYK profile
You should be able to get reasonably close to a printing press's colors, at least you shouldn't be getting to many nasty surprises when you see the printed productMember of the Month September 2008 & August 2012 | Found advice useful? – use the rep system
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