Monday 4 February 2008


There seems to be many ways to calibrate your screen color to match your prints. Vista has a highly complex color management section with no clear way of how to use it. Many long winded documents, if your interested in reading to put you to sleep (Windows Image Color Management - ). There are plug-in devices you can buy to calibrate the screen colour. Very accurate, but an expense I don't need. You can download free colour profiles from the printer companies to match the paper you are printing on. These profiles can then be added to your image editing software. My printers advised against this. They provide a special colour-chart print to compare with the screen colour. The advised method for adjusting the screen colour was to change the brightness and contrast buttons on the front of the screen. However, Laptops don't have these. My supplier advised I change the contrast using the Fn key with the F7 and F8 keys on my Advent laptop. These didn't provide enough flexibility to get the required colours. Next step, find your graphics card control panel. If you have a graphics card, there should be a small icon in the bottom right corner of the desktop that when you mouse-over says SiSTray. Right clicking on this and then clicking on Control Center will bring up the options that this will allow. Be warned it may be limited, depending on the graphics card you have. Then adjust the colour and saturation comparing the on screen colour chart to that of the printed version till they match. Magic.

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