SpyderX Pro calibration tutorial for desktop screens – Analysis

You should have approximately five prints there with you, ready for comparison. You’ve pressed “Open Custom” …

Spyder5Elite calibration tutorial for desktop screens - Analysis

… and one at a time, you can open their files and compare the screen to the prints. Here are a couple of examples of photos I used:

Spyder5Elite calibration tutorial for desktop screens - Analysis

Spyder5Elite calibration tutorial for desktop screens - Analysis

I wish there was a way to flick between your five files more quickly – unfortunately, I haven’t found one. So allow a few minutes to go through all your files a few times, while holding their corresponding prints out to the side, and assess the result of the calibration. Don’t rush this part – take your time.

I have found, however, that you can drag-and-drop your image files from their folder onto the Spyder screen, which does speed things up a bit.

Note 1:

Remember that if any of your photos have extremely vivid colours in them (eg a bright turquoise dress, or a glowing orange sunset) those colours might be unprintable, and should be ignored when assessing calibration. Concentrate on the “normal/everyday” range of colours instead.

Note 2:

On the right-hand side of the screen there’s a “Switch” button which shows you the difference between the uncalibrated and calibrated state of your monitor. This might seem handy at first glance, and it’s fun to toggle for curiosity’s sake, but the truth is it has no relevance to the task of print comparison, so don’t spend too much time playing with it.

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