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Should I calibrate my monitor? + Good way to do so?

#1iPWNtheNoobsPosted 8/26/2013 8:39:57 AM
Had a friend recommend I do it after he found out I took it from the box and just plugged it in. He said it will make it much nicer.

Should I do it? If yes, how so? What program would you recommend? ($$ or free is fine, just want what works). Or do it manually/through the settings/available programs?

Monitor in question is HP 2311xi ips 1920x1080
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#2VeryDarkSoulPosted 8/26/2013 8:41:46 AM
heres an easy way to do it, scan a bunch of colors into the computer and match it with the photos/colors you used to scan
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#3iPWNtheNoobs(Topic Creator)Posted 8/26/2013 8:58:26 AM
VeryDarkSoul posted...
heres an easy way to do it, scan a bunch of colors into the computer and match it with the photos/colors you used to scan


Don't have a good scanner.
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#4UberLurkerPosted 8/26/2013 9:12:41 AM(edited)
A quick and dirty way of doing so would be to go here:

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/icc_profiles.htm

This site maintains a database of ICC profiles and with some luck your monitor's model will be included. Keep in mind though that calibration isn't a "one size fits all" kind of thing, ICCs can get you close but they don't take into consideration environmental factors that are unique to your setup. To get the best results you'll need to either have it calibrated professionally, invest in some metering equipment, or just plain eyeball it using calibration media... HD Video Essentials comes highly recommended:

http://www.videoessentials.com/
#5maybecallsPosted 8/26/2013 9:12:24 AM
I didn't bother when I bought this monitor a few weeks ago. All I've done is increase the Digital Vibrance setting from 50% to 65% in the nVidia settings.
#6VeryDarkSoulPosted 8/26/2013 9:17:19 AM
to be honest I would just forget about it. A lot of monitors nowadays are calibrated fine. Those old LCDs used to have washed out colors that needed to be calibrated.
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#7rkpeaglePosted 8/26/2013 9:21:41 AM
If you have a blu-ray player, I'd recommend this.

http://www.amazon.com/Wow-World-Wonder-Blu-ray/dp/B00462PTDQ/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=J1ES4K8L8Q4P&coliid=IKID7K4SLZ2E
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#8TivorPosted 8/26/2013 9:36:33 AM
VeryDarkSoul posted...
heres an easy way to do it, scan a bunch of colors into the computer and match it with the photos/colors you used to scan


But did you calibrate the scanner? Not all scanners are created the same, just as not all monitors are created the same. They all have their own color profiles that need to be calibrated if you are serious about color accuracy.

But really, for general use, I don't think calibration is really necessary. Most monitors look good out of the box.

Besides, "color accurate" monitor is not necessarily the "best looking" monitor, since most people find saturated and contrasty screen images more pleasing than those that are actually color accurate. It's kind of like speakers. Most people find speakers with heavy bass response more pleasing, even though such speakers are not necessarily sonically accurate.
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#9iPWNtheNoobs(Topic Creator)Posted 8/26/2013 10:51:55 AM
UberLurker posted...
A quick and dirty way of doing so would be to go here:

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/icc_profiles.htm

This site maintains a database of ICC profiles and with some luck your monitor's model will be included. Keep in mind though that calibration isn't a "one size fits all" kind of thing, ICCs can get you close but they don't take into consideration environmental factors that are unique to your setup. To get the best results you'll need to either have it calibrated professionally, invest in some metering equipment, or just plain eyeball it using calibration media... HD Video Essentials comes highly recommended:

http://www.videoessentials.com/


My monitor is not on that site.


rkpeagle posted...
If you have a blu-ray player, I'd recommend this.

http://www.amazon.com/Wow-World-Wonder-Blu-ray/dp/B00462PTDQ/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=J1ES4K8L8Q4P&coliid=IKID7K4SLZ2E



Don't have blu ray player.
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#10iPWNtheNoobs(Topic Creator)Posted 8/26/2013 4:58:14 PM
bump
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