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NEC P221W Hardware Calibration? (Spyder Pro 3)

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Old 05-22-2012, 09:26 AM
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Question NEC P221W Hardware Calibration? (Spyder Pro 3)

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So my new monitor arrived but I'm a bit lost. What do I do in Spyder 3 Pro? What settings do I change using the screen menu (Brightness, Mode etc)? Sorry for being such a noob, at school I never had to do calibrations from Scratch myself!
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:51 PM
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Re: NEC P221W Hardware Calibration? (Spyder Pro 3)

PS: I also have an issue since calibration where the "Save for Web & Devices" preview in photoshop always displays my image like I went crazy and cranked up the reds... When I am working on the image in photoshop it looks OK but in the save preview it's awful...
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:24 AM
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Re: NEC P221W Hardware Calibration? (Spyder Pro 3)

You should follow manual coming with your calibration software or device and you should also find some instructions how to set up your "Edit/Color Settings" and "Save for Web" in Photoshop. This isn't easy but I am sure you will find plenty of instructions here on RetouchPro or via Google … it takes time to understand and learn how to apply these settings properly ...

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Old 05-23-2012, 08:42 AM
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Re: NEC P221W Hardware Calibration? (Spyder Pro 3)

Hi, thanks for your reply!

The instructions don't actually explain how to perform a hardware calibration vs profiling. There are also so many different settings to choose from! How do I know which is the most appropriate way to go for a retoucher who doesn't print anything himself?

I have looked around the net and they all say that you should calibrate to get as close as possible to your printer or local photo lab's prints. What if you have clients who all print things out themselves? What if you're doing a job for a magazine? You are hardly going to re-calibrate in a different way every time are you? Especially if you are working several jobs at the same time. So what's the best "General Purpose" calibration?
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:43 AM
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Re: NEC P221W Hardware Calibration? (Spyder Pro 3)

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PS: I also have an issue since calibration where the "Save for Web & Devices" preview in photoshop always displays my image like I went crazy and cranked up the reds... When I am working on the image in photoshop it looks OK but in the save preview it's awful...
Because the web browser isn’t color managed like Photoshop.

As to the settings, this might get you started:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...too_dark.shtml
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:27 PM
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Re: NEC P221W Hardware Calibration? (Spyder Pro 3)

Thanks Andrew.

Here is what I did, could you tell me if this is the right way to do it? I put the display in Programmable Mode instead of sRGB or N. Then I connected my Spyder 3 Pro, accepted the standard values they suggested, lowered my display luminosity to 120cd, left the monitor contrast at 50% and that's it. Did I do a hardware calibration? I'm not sure? Was Programmable the right mode to use? When I turn on the MAC computer the screen color temperature seems off until after login when it seems to correct itself.

PS: I think there is a very very slight green tinge to the screen when I look at it from an angle also...

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Re: NEC P221W Hardware Calibration? (Spyder Pro 3)

It is right if the screen and print match. The actual settings are immaterial.
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It is right if the screen and print match. The actual settings are immaterial.

I don't have any means of printing at the moment. But is the procedure in itself correct? Or should I have calibrated using the standard N mode?
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:21 PM
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Re: NEC P221W Hardware Calibration? (Spyder Pro 3)

I know you don’t want sRGB mode and I suspect N mode too. Was the default out of the box neither? If so, I think you’re good.
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:30 PM
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Re: NEC P221W Hardware Calibration? (Spyder Pro 3)

Thanks again Andrew.

N mode was the default (Native). I chose Programmable because that sounded like the mode for calibration but I really don't know. There's also Opt 1 mode which sets the white point to clear base and Opt 2 which sets it to blue base. Then there's several K modes with sRGB mode being the 6500K mode (I think?).

I'm also very confused about black level and contrast, to what percentage do I leave this when calibrating? Both are at 50% at the moment.
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