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© 2002 Gregory Georges

© 2002 Gregory Georges

© 2002 Gregory Georges

© 2002 Gregory Georges

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Sample Photos Canon EOS D30 digital camera, mixed lenses and settings, 2400 x 1920 pixels,670KB .jpg file

If you have not calibrated your monitor, then you really, truly, for sure ought to do so. While this is just the first of many steps you can take to move into a fully color managed workflow, your monitor ought to be calibrated even if you don't want to do much more. Calibrating your monitor is the one thing that needs to be done to ensure that you are reaping the benefits from your investment in equipment, time, and effort. It is straightforward and will take you less than ten minutes at most.

To calibrate your monitor, we use Adobe Gamma, which is a utility that has two important functions. First, it helps you to calibrate or adjust your monitor so that you can see the most accurate colors it is capable of displaying. Secondly, it creates a color profile that is used by Photoshop 7 and your PC's operating system to help display colors correctly. Both of these are very worthwhile functions providing that you take time to do them as well as possible.

If you want even more accuracy, then you may want to consider buying additional products that are far more accurate. You can find software only monitor calibration tools, and software/hardware combinations such as the ColorVision LCD/CRT Spyder and either their PhotoCal or OptiCal software.

Depending on your requirements, your hardware, and possibly some luck, you can do a pretty good job of calibrating your monitor with Adobe Gamma. The Adobe Gamma tool can be a particularly useful tool for some people as they seem to have a knack for getting good settings each time. So, try this technique first — then if you aren't happy with your results, do some research on current monitor calibration applications and hardware and try one of them.

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