Benefits of monitor calibration

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Keitht
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Well, I have bitten the bullet and invested in a Pantone Spyder2Pro and have to say it is worth every penny. Even without a custom profile for the printer the results are great. Colour match between monitor (IIyama ProLite E431S) and the printer (Epson Stylus Photo 950) is very close.
I can't recommend it highly enough to anybody who is having problems matching what they see on screen with what they print.

Regards Keith

busbyvideo
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Hi Keith

Does this cost about £200, and does it have to be connected all the time for it to work, or do you use it once then you can remove it?

Mike

Keitht
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Apologies for not responding to this sooner but I have been somewhat tied up with other projects recently.
The recommendation is to use the Spyder approximately once every 3 weeks and it actually reminds you if you go over the threshold without updating. The process takes about 10 minutes and requires minimal manual intervention. It is only attached for the duration of the calibration process.

Regards Keith

Philip Woods
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Mike, Try this site !

http://www.colourtools.co.uk/colorvision.htm

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HTH

Philip

rongrover
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Don't be mislead by the original posting

Mike. The direct answer to your question is, no, it does not have to be connected all the time only when you perform a re-calibration.

However, the software that is installed prompts you so each time you start up the PC it will set to your saved monitor profile.

There is just one big statement made in the original post that could be confusing. The calibration of a monitor will not have any influence on what is actually printed. The printer will print the image file as it is regardless of how well or otherwise it looks on the monitor.

What a well calibrated monitor will of course do is allow you to make adjustments with you programme ie photoshop, so you do get the image file looking how you want it to look for printing and if the monitor view is acurate than you know what you are printing.

So yes, monitors should be calibrated so it shows the actual colour etc as it is in the image file. When it is not, than when you make adjustments on an un-calibrated monitor you can changed what may have been a very good image to start with.

Kodak do a very good product that has actual photos and the files that made them. They have printed on very topend printers and will be as perfect as can be. So by loading the file in your PC and seing it on screen you will soon see if your monitor is showing what it should. Also by printing from that file you will see if your printer is printing how it should.

This Kadok product is sometimes supplied with the spyda package, it was with mine.

All the best, Ron.

Keitht
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rongrover wrote:
There is just one big statement made in the original post that could be confusing. The calibration of a monitor will not have any influence on what is actually printed. The printer will print the image file as it is regardless of how well or otherwise it looks on the monitor.

You are absolutely correct in what you say Ron. I simply meant that in my own case the image on screen, after calibration, was a much closer match to the printed image. The colours ON SCREEN had changed from my manual settings, not the printer colours.

Regards Keith