14. Save your new profile by typing a new profile name in the File Name field (shown in Figure 3-21)

This is an important step because — now that you've calibrated your monitor with Adobe Gamma — saving the information into a new monitor profile ensures that your computer and Photoshop CS2 can later use the profile correctly.

Keep the existing profiles intact by using a unique profile name you can easily identify. Make sure you include the date of the profile in the filename, as shown in Figure 3-21. This identifies your unique profile with a date so you know the last time you calibrated your monitor.

Figure 3-21: Saving the new monitor profile.

Adobe Gamma is a decent tool for calibrating your monitor if you're a casual Photoshop user and don't print a lot of photographs. If you're more serious about digital photography and regularly produce prints on a photo-quality printer, you should strongly consider purchasing a more advanced colorimeter and the software to go with it. You'll get significantly better results with this equipment, saving time, money, paper, and ink cartridges. The next section covers colorimeters and other such advanced calibration tools.

When you calibrate your monitor with Adobe Gamma, a color profile is automatically loaded into your Windows Startup Menu every time you turn on your computer. If you graduate to a more sophisticated colorimeter and use it to create a monitor profile for your computer, make sure you delete Adobe Gamma from your computer's Startup Menu to prevent Adobe Gamma from interfering with your new monitor-profile setup.

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