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Monitor Setup and Photoshop Colour Settings
Getting the image onscreen to match the printed output is
what we would all like to achieve. The first step in this process is to
calibrate the monitor. It is best to do this using a calibration device but if you don't have access to one Adobe provide the Adobe Gamma utility in order to
get rid of colour casts in the display and produce an ICC monitor profile
that 'Photoshop' will use to compensate for the monitor's display characteristics.
To access Adobe Gamma click Start>Settings>Control
Panel and double click the Adobe Gamma
Before making any adjustments I'd suggest working in the room light that
is normally to be used.
When this dialogue box appears it is probably
easiest to choose to use the Step by Step wizard.
When the Wizard box appears click Load and
from the list of monitor profiles that appears choose the one appropriate
to your monitor. If yours does not appear ( as mine didn't) choose
one as a starting point. The chosen one will appear in the description
box. Highlight the name and change it to one appropriate to you. I
called mine Viglen along with the date.
Set your monitor's contrast control to maximum.
Then use the brightness control to adjust the balck/grey patch so
that the centre area is just about visible. It's often recommended
that you squint at the screen whilst you do this. Being slightly short
sighted I find that it helps if I do it without my eye glasses.
From the drop down list choose from the list of phospors. If you
don't know what yours is (as I didn't) choose P22 EBU. (This is what
the 'experts' seem to recommend)
Check the 'View Single Gamma' box.
Squint again and use the slider to fade the two squares into one
Leave the setting at Windows Default and 2.20
Uncheck the 'View Single Gamma' box.
Squint again and adjust the Red, Green, Blue sliders
Choose your Hardware White Point. I suggest 6500K
Set the Adjusted White Point I suggest Same as Hardware.
Toggle between the before and after settings. Hopefully the after
will be more neutral in appearance without any noticeable colour casts.
If not step back to the RGB gamma adjustments and try again. I find
setting the green accurately to be the most difficult.
If you are happy click Next
In the File name box give your profile a meaningful name. I'd suggest
including the date.
This profile will be automatically used when you next start your
Photoshop Colour Settings
I've read a lot of articles on these settings and as a result
have arrived at those shown below.
You will find the settings in 'Photoshop': Edit>Color
When you have selected the settings you want click Save and give
your settings a name and description
I have used 'Perceptual' under intent but 'Relative Colorimetric'
seems to be working well,
The description appears as the mouse hovers over a setting.
If you use these settings you will on occasion be presented
with a 'Profile mismatch' dialogue when opening an image.
In the case of 'no embedded profile' choose working RGB.
In the case of 'mismatch' choose 'use embedded profile'