Color Management: Calibrating Your Monitor and Printer
We went over the first step to the color management workflow in our previous post: Color Management: Custom Camera Profile. We are here today, to talk to you about the next two steps; calibrating your monitor and printer. If you do not have your monitor calibrated correctly you can spend hours perfecting images, and you will never be happy with the results because your monitor was never representing your digital files correctly. But, your monitor display is not the only thing that needs to be calibrated, your printer does as well.
The only sure way to know that your monitor is displaying an accurate depiction of tone and color, and your printer is printing that tone and color correctly, is by using the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo.
Custom Monitor and Printer Profile Workflow:
1. With the ColorMunki Display device connected to your computer, launch the ColorMunki Software.
2. Select “Match My Printer to My Display.” (If you only want to calibrate one or the other, you can select the individual options.)
3. Select what type of display you are profiling.
4. Choose advanced profiling.
5. Select your target white point. (Most will be D65, D50 is recommended for most pre-press and prooﬁng applications.)
6. Measure the Ambient Lighting.
7. Place ColorMunki on your display to measure your monitor. If your monitor is measuring too bright, turn the brightness down.
8. Name the profile and save.
9. Create a new printer profile.
10. Print your first target.
11. Go to print setting.
12. Select the paper you are using under media type.
13. For your color settings select off (No Color Adjustment).
14. Printer Quality, select photo- 1440 dpi.
15. Save settings.
16. Measure your test chart.
17. Print out your second target.
18. Measure your test chart.
19. Name and Save Profile.
**You must create a custom printer profile for every different type of paper you use.
After you have created a custom camera profile, calibrated your monitor and created a custom printer profile, you have completed your color management workflow! Now, you can easily produce prints that match your original shot and you will save time, money and frustration. Feel free to leave a comment with any questions you have and enjoy your amazing prints.