Manual Monitor Color Calibration with Professional Results, without Expensive Calibration Devices

Step 1:
Prepare a Photographic Grey Card with White on the other side.

Find Some stock images, one with mostly Strong yellow colors, one mostly strong red colors, one with mostly strong green colors, and one mostly strong blue colors. Also find some nice Ansel Adams Photographs in the Grey Ranges

Ideally, you can have printed Photos to look at as well as digital photos

and its best to have a printed Pantone Color Chart with a digital version with CMYK & RGB Equivalent values

Step 2:
Download Calibrize: http://s3.amazonaws.com/calibrize/calibrize_2_setup.exe

Step 3:
Download Quick Gamma:
http://download1us.softpedia.com/dl/c1d39dbd00dbaea5ad3fe357fdee23e8/4f96195e/100008894/software/tweak/QuickGammaV3EN.exe

Follow the Instructions on each of the above programs

Step 4:
Visit this or other similar page for a list of images for color fine-tuning, clicking the different tests that appear in the bar along the top: http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/

All of the tests can be found together on one page, Here: http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/all_tests.php

An off-line Version of the images can be downloaded from Here: http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/lagom-lcd-test.zip

Another useful Chart can be found Here: http://tft.vanity.dk/

It also has an Offline Version, Here: http://tft.vanity.dk/monitorTest.exe

Step 5:

Set your Laptop, Tablet, and all the Phones you have to display the same Lagom Tests, and have them near your monitors. Turn their brightness all the way up.

Step-By-Step Calibration Procedure:

  • Clean your Monitors well
  • Turn them on for at least 30 minutes before trying the test
  • Be sure you are in your monitors Native Resolution (Usually the largest without panning)
  • Disable any special color features your monitor has
  • Turn Brightness & Contrast all the way up
  • Adjust brightness according to test colors
  • Adjust your Monitors Sharpness, according to the tests
  • Adjust your Monitors Gamma, according to the program
  • Adjust the Red, Green and Blue in your monitors color settings to match the colors on all your other devices.
  • Adjust RGB tints to match your printed version
  • Set your Grey Cards next to the monitor during the Grey tests, under 5500K lighting, and adjust the RGB tints until you have a very similar neutral Grey as you see on your card.
  • Open Microsoft Calibration and run through that, using the same procedure, for each monitor.
  • Open AMD Settings, and Go to the Monitor Color and adjust all of those settings, using the same tests and device comparisons & Image comparisons on all devices, and prints, if you have them
  • Repeat Monitor Color Calibration whenever needed.

You can also use this Monitor Calibration Wizard

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