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Step 3

From here on in make sure, you follow the instructions carefully.

Set your monitor contrast control to maximum and then adjust the brightness control until the innermost grey square is only just visible against the black surround. Squinting your eyes helps with this process, as does keeping the room lighting at a low level or off.

 

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Step 4 

If you're using a manufacturer supplied profile for your specific make and model of monitor then in all probability the Phosphors will be listed as "Custom". If this is the case leave well alone. If you don't have a monitor profile choose either Trinitron or P22-EBU. I keep getting asked -"how do I decide which is appropriate for my monitor?" In truth, it matters little, but for those who are determined to make the perfect choice; you can tell a Trinitron monitor by simply looking at the display area. A Trinitron type monitor will have two faint lines running across the display area approximately 1/4 from the top and 1/4 from the bottom. If your monitor has these lines choose Trinitron, otherwise choose P22-EBU.

 

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Step 5

Begin by keeping the "View Single Gamma" selected for now. Although keep in mind that this option "ONLY" allows you to adjust the relative brightness of the monitor, not neutralise any colour imbalances

Depending upon your computer type choose either the "Windows Default" or "Mac Default" gamma. In reality, this choice is not so important and you can choose either in the knowledge that Photoshop will make the appropriate corrections when necessary. Personally, and even though most of my work is now done on the Mac platform I choose gamma 2.2

Adjust the slider until the inner grey square blends with the outer frame, squinting slightly can help. Finally, deselect the "View Single Gamma" checkbox.

 

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Step 6

This step is where we neutralise the colour imbalances inherent in our monitor. Adjust each of the sliders in turn so as to blend the inner square with its coloured surround. Again squinting is a great help.

Green is usually the most difficult to get right, but persevere. The closer you get to a perfect match at this point the more accurate your final profile will be.

 

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