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”

Windows Help & Advice - - CONTENTS - Your guide Ian Even­den says…

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).

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