Calibrate your monitor

by on August 23, 2009

Q: I am having color issues with Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0, my printer, and my digital camera. The picture on my computer screen is completely different than the one that comes out of the printer and the camera. How can I fix this?

A: Since the Camera and the printer show the correct colors then I would suggest we concentrate on the monitor. The best option would be to get a hardware based calibration system like the ColorVision Spyder2 Express or the Pantone huey. These devices are easy to use and will automatically calibrate your system so that the colors are correct. The Pantone huey stays connected to your system so that it can constantly update your settings based on the change in light in the room.

While the best option is buying a device to calibrate the monitor the next option is free. You can take a picture you printed and compare it to your monitor. Then change the settings on your monitor until it matches the printout. This will be considerably more time consuming but it can help you get to where you want to be for less money.

We should also mention that there are some free utilities out there that claim to correct the calibration on your monitor but we cannot recommend any because we have not taken the time to use them but you might find that useful as well.

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