A correctly calibrated monitor is an essential tool for producing accurate prints. Your monitor should be calibrated to a standard neutral point to become part of an open loop colour system, which is the open standard across the photographic and imaging industry. This means that it can show you how your images will look when printed or viewed on other monitors.
n order to calibrate your monitor you will require a device called a spectrophotometer which measures the colour accuracy of your screen's output. We use the Gretag-Macbeth X-rite i1 at theprintspace.
There are 2 methods of calibration; either via the graphics card in your computer or by calibrating the screen hardware itself, the one you can use depends on the monitor you have. Hardware calibration produces better results, but is only available on high-quality monitors. Before you can calibrate you must make sure the screen is clean and free of dust and has been active for at least 30 minutes to allow it warm up. Remember to turn off any active screen or energy savers and to perform a factory reset on the monitor prior to calibration. Both Hardware and software calibration software are wizard driven and the steps are easy to follow. Run the software using the advanced mode and whether using hardware or software calibration use the following settings:
Select the monitor type, CRT or LCD, Luminance 120 candelas per sq.m, Gamma 2.2 and Colour Temperature of the White point at 6,500 Kelvin. Follow the wizard to complete the calibration process, creating a new monitor profile. The new profile will be automatically saved as the default monitor profile. This ends the calibration process and you should now have a colour-accurate monitor.