Adjusting your Monitor

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Let your monitor warm up for a few minutes before making any adjustments. If you have a flat monitor be sure that you are sitting at an appropriate and repeatable viewing angle. Avoid working with light shining on the monitor (desk lamp or sunlight) and also avoid facing a window or working in near darkness. Wide variations in ambient light will alter your perception of the test image.

The top part of the test image should show bands of black and near black. Adjust the “Brightness” control until the difference between adjacent bands is just noticeable.

The bottom part of the test image should show bands of white and near white. Adjust the “Contrast” control until the difference between adjacent bands is just noticeable.

Your monitor should now be set correctly. You may find that it looks very odd. This is normal, as it will take a few hours of use until your eyes “forget” the old setting. However, once past this initial period you will see a real benefit, both on Internet or video and with your own photos.

The rest of the test image can give indications of other monitor calibration problems (if the greys are tinted pale pink, green, blue… for example).



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