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01-16-2013, 10:36 AM   #1
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Calibrating Your Monitor

Hello, I am getting ready to purchase the DataColor Spyder system but not sure which one to get. I have gone through the process of trying to do it my self but it is just too saturated. So I am turning to one of these to work so that I can finish processing in photoshop. I also will be sending photo's off to print along with a proof. Just needed some advice on which one I will need. Thank you again for the advice, this forum has been invaluable to me.

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Just make sure you get one that is compatible with your monitor. The older Spyder units [Edit: Spyder2] don't work with LED-backlit displays. If you're buying new this shouldn't be an issue. I've used both Spyder (DataColor) and x-rite units and have been happy with both, but I'm not a power user of color-managed workflow.

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Thank you, I am looking at the Datacolor 4 pro or the Datacolor 4 Express.
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I have a spyder 3 express and am very pleased with it, though it's the only one I have used. I just did my new laptop the other day and it really does the trick for me.

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Thanks Tom, that would save me some money. I will have to go back and check out that version of the Spyder.
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I endorse Spyder 3 Express. Did wonders for laptop as well as new IPS monitor. Reasonably priced, easy to set up and maintain settings.
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i have been using a product called colorhug
It seems to work quite well to calibrate my Dell U2312HM.
I am so far from being a pro I could not justify anything more expensive>
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I have an older xrite color display and it works fine and is likely very cheap on fleebay.
The most important thing.... What version of windows are you using?
Color management is by default controlled by windows, I believe it's Vista and newer.
The spyder makes an ICC profile but windows does not put it to default
Let us know and we can help you through it
The best purchase I have ever made to run Photoshop is having dual monitors.
You drag menus etc on the second monitor freeing up space for image editing.
It is also great for tutorials as well on the second monitor...something to think about

Good luck with your purchase

Randy

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I had a similar question in another area of the forum and got some very useful advice so worth reading:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/digital-processing-software-printing/2122...ml#post2249521
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QuoteOriginally posted by slip Quote
I have an older xrite color display and it works fine and is likely very cheap on fleebay.
The most important thing.... What version of windows are you using?
Color management is by default controlled by windows, I believe it's Vista and newer.
The spyder makes an ICC profile but windows does not put it to default
Let us know and we can help you through it
The best purchase I have ever made to run Photoshop is having dual monitors.
You drag menus etc on the second monitor freeing up space for image editing.
It is also great for tutorials as well on the second monitor...something to think about

Good luck with your purchase

Randy
Thanks Randy, the system I will be running it on is Widows 7. I have the Dell Insprion One 2320 and the contrast is pretty bad. I have been looking at getting a second monitor. I have an older one but not very high end. I haven't locked in on a product yet, still doing a little research.

Thank you again everyone for the help. This is a tricky purchase to make
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