Monitors display in RGB (Red Green Blue) which renders a much bigger gamut (or range) of colours than is possible in print using (CMYK). The difference in the gamut of possible colours is shown here.
The fact that it is possible to view many more colours on screen than can be printed is a challenge when viewing work which will ultimately be produced as hard copy.
The aim of monitor calibration is simple. To ensure that what you are viewing on screen is an accurate representation of what will eventually be printed.
Before you start
The calibration we propose is designed to achieve this end result without investment in expensive calibration hardware. However it is necessary to have one of our Swatch sheets to hand before you can begin. These can be ordered here
Before starting calibration, or using your monitor to adjust images, it should be allowed to reach a stable state. This means leaving it switched on and displaying neutral ‘wallpaper’, without going in to stand by mode, for about one hour.
It is also essential to ensure that the lighting conditions in which you are working are constant. If you are working in conditions where the light changes (e.g. near a window) or where there is direct light shining on to your monitor it would be much better to make (or buy) a hood for your screen as shown.
Please keep in mind that calibrating your monitor isn’t a ‘do it once and forget it’ operation. Over time, monitors undergo subtle colour shifts. We recommend checking calibration by repeating the routine set out here once a month. To start please download the ‘Ole No Moiré’ jpeg, Click Here. Please right click this link and save the target. The system of calibration is different depending on whether you are working on a PC or a Mac. Please click the one relevant to your system.