Calibrate your PC’s display
“Getting more accurate colours doesn’t mean investing in a gadget – you can do it by eye with Windows’ built-in tools”
Why would you need, or want, to calibrate your display? Most of the time, you probably won’t. If you use your PC for most of its myriad potential uses, the precise shade of red you’re seeing, and its relationship to the screen’s brightness, doesn’t matter.
If you want to take photo editing more seriously, and particularly if you want to print those photos out – be it on the inkjet printer in the corner or using an online digital lab – then you may suddenly develop an interest in the colour accuracy of your monitor.
Getting the correct level of brightness and gamma is necessary so your photos don’t print too dark, or too light and washed out, while the elimination of colour casts will stop that dignified grey-haired gentleman looking like he’s had an incident with some red dye. The tools you need are built into Windows 10, so let’s have a look.
Ian’s best tip! For more accurate screen calibration , you’ll need a colorimeter from the likes of Datacolor (datacolor.com).