It’s easy to take your monitor for granted. After all, as long as it’s displaying an image, what more do you need? But if you want to get the most out of your monitor, and ensure that the image you’re seeing is as accurate as possible, you need to calibrate it.
There are a few different ways to calibrate your monitor. You can use a hardware device, or special software, or even just your eyes. Whichever method you choose, the goal is the same: to adjust the various settings on your monitor so that the image it displays is as close to perfect as possible.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to calibrating your monitor:
- Start with the basics. Make sure your monitor is positioned correctly, and that the image is centered and sized properly. If you’re using a CRT monitor, also make sure it’s set to the correct resolution.
- Adjust the brightness and contrast. These settings are usually controlled by buttons on the front of your monitor. Play around with them until you find a setting that looks good to you.
- If you’re using a CRT monitor, adjust the screen geometry. This will ensure that the image is displayed correctly on the screen, without any distortion.
- Now it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty. If you’re using special calibration software, follow the instructions that come with the software. If you’re using a hardware device, such as a colorimeter, follow the instructions that come with the device. If you’re doing it by eye, there are a few different methods you can use. One is to adjust the various settings until the on-screen image matches a printed reference image. Another is to adjust the settings until the on-screen image looks as close to perfect as you can get it.
- Once you’re happy with the image on your screen, it’s time to save your settings. Most monitors have a built-in feature that lets you do this. If yours doesn’t, you can use special calibration software to save your settings.
That’s all there is to it! By taking the time to calibrate your monitor, you can be sure that the image you’re seeing is as accurate as possible.