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First steps to accurate colour

Your First Step to Accurate Colour


Are you viewing accurate colour on your display?


Have you ever wondered why the colours you see on your monitor don't match the scene you photographed or the image you printed? That’s because what you see on-screen is only as accurate as your display. Displays all vary just in their "out-of-box" settings. And, over time, the colour performance of monitors change – phosphors and LCD filters begin to fade, so your display starts to drift into unknown colours.


Fortunately, there's an easy way to fix this. Calibrating and profiling will optimize your monitor's settings for contrast, brightness, and colour temperature, and allow you to see your "true colors."


Photographers who need accurate colours may benefit from many different types of printer or camera calibration, but as a minimum a colour-calibrated monitor is a "must". Whether viewing or outputting, seeing accurate colour eliminates trial-and-error – think of the time you'll save!


How Monitor Calibration Works


X-Rite offers powerful devices and simple, wizard-based software that will provide professional monitor calibration results for virtually anyone, and at any price point.


All photographers can benefit from a profiled monitor without spending a lot of time or money. Simply plug in the colour measurement device and use it to read the colour values of your monitor. The wizard-based program will use this information to calibrate your monitor and bring it back to a known standard of performance for contrast and colour balance. Then it will create specific information that describes your monitor, and automatically saves it to the computer. Then you're done.


If precise colour matching is critical to your work, you can opt for the more advanced features available in many of X-Rite's solutions.


  • To ensure you are viewing your prints in the same light, select a colour measurement device with an ambient light head to measure the light around the monitor.
  • If you need all of the monitors in your studio to display the same brightness, you may find the ability to set monitor luminance valuable.
  • Having the white on your monitor match the paper you print on may be useful, so you'll want a program that offers the ability to set a paper white point.
  • Images displayed on multiple calibrated monitors will look more or less the same, but may vary slightly if the monitors have a different colour gamut. Network monitor calibration lets you pick one monitor as the studio "standard," save the calibration values, and use these values as a standard for the other monitors; ensuring closer matching on multiple machines.

Monitor calibration and profiling will provide the best image reproduction on-screen, so your digital photos replicate the scene you remember, game graphics show the intense edge you're after, and Web-browsing delivers colours you can trust. Whether you're a photo enthusiast or full time professional, X-Rite has the perfect display colour calibration solution for you.

X-Rite Display Solutions


X-Rite Colour Starter Kit

Entry Level Calibration
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ColorMunki Smile

ColorMunki Display

Advanced Calibration
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ColorMunki Display

i1Display Pro

Professional Calibration
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i1Display Pro