A lot of monitor manufactures will make odd adjustments to their displays in an effort to make them look better on the show room floor. This might make colors pop out at you, but it doesn’t do much for accurate color reproduction. Some monitors like the ultra low price Catleap 2560×1440 IPS Display don’t include any kind of color adjustments on the monitor at all, which means you’ll have to do your color tweaking with your graphics card. Either way, it’s a good idea to invest in a Color Calibration tool, if you want to get the most out of your current monitor.

If you have the budget to spend $800 to $2500 on a Adobe RGB calibrated monitor you probably wont need a color calibration tool as most monitors in the price range have consistent and repeatable color performance. On the other hand, if you’re trying to get an existing monitor to give you the best results possible, the next best thing is to use a color calibration unit to get the most out of your monitor.

Something like the Spyder Express 3 (above) or Spyder 4 can be found on Amazon for around $80 to $115, but there are higher end models available as well. After running the Calibration test on the Catleap 2560×1440 IPS Display the results are night and day. Before the calibration light grays looked almost white and blue levels were out of control, it’s made a big difference.

I am by no means a color expert, but after spending some time around print matching applications, it’s very easy to see the benefit of a properly calibrated monitor. Even if you are working on a high end monitor it still might be worth it to have something like this around.

One thing to remember when using a color calibration tool, is that the lighting in the room can effect your results. That same lighting can also effect your perception of color when looking at the monitor. Neutral colored walls (grays or whites) can also improve they way you perceive colors on your newly calibrated monitor, so try to stay away from working brightly colored rooms.

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