First, consider your light

Please never underestimate the impact your surrounding light has on this calibration/comparison process. If your light is too dim or too yellow (both VERY common problems) it will always make your prints seem darker and/or yellower than they really are, and cause you to think that your screen is too bright and/or cold.

If you think, or even suspect, that your light is the culprit, take steps to rectify it. Get brighter/whiter bulbs if you can, or at least try assessing your prints in daylight. I would hate to be wasting your time with all of these calibration adjustments if the calibration wasn’t actually the problem.

If you’re sure the light is ok, read on …

Let’s try again

Even though you adjusted brightness before commencing, you might find that you’re not entirely happy with the brightness level you chose.  So go ahead and tweak your screen’s brightness setting until you’re happier with the print match.

Now we have to calibrate again.  You might be thinking “Really? I have to recalibrate after tweaking the brightness?” Yes. The calibration process creates a profile which is an exact description of the characteristics of your monitor at that point in time. If you adjust anything, the profile isn’t relevant any more.

Pull down the little menu in the bottom left corner of the screen, and choose “Calibration”:


That brings you to this screen:


Choose “FullCAL“, then press “Change Settings“:


… which brings you back to this familiar screen:


Enter these settings:

  • Gamma: “Gamma 2.2” (as always)
  • White Point: “Do Not Adjust” (again)
  • Brightness: “Adjust” (again)
  • Room Light: “Off” (as always)

Go ahead and recalibrate


Click here to return to the calibration instructions if you need to follow them again.

Otherwise, click here to go to the analysis page after your calibration has finished.