|Datacolor Spyder Calibration|
Fortunately, monitor calibration is an easy way to solve the problem, and should be done by anyone who cares about color. Unfortunately, trying to do it by eye (e.g., Windows Display Color Calibration) is crude and imperfect at best. What's needed for good results is a colorimeter, a hardware device that can accurately measure the color of a monitor.
Of the many colorimeters available, one of the best and most affordable is the Datacolor Spyder, which can be purchased new for as little as $60 (basic Express version). If you just want to calibrate once, a local camera shop may offer calibration as a service, or you can inexpensively rent the the full SpyderHD package from BorrowLenses.
Highly recommended. You'll probably be amazed by the difference.
- Works for both Windows and Mac.
- Burn in a new monitor for at least 24 hours before calibration.
- Warm up a monitor for at least an hour before calibration.
- Re-calibrate every 30-90 days for best results because color balance can change as a monitor ages.
- Windows can interfere with calibration. See Windows Monitor Calibration Issue.
- An option that can give even better results with a supported colorimeter is (free) (Open Source Display Calibration and Characterization powered by Argyll CMS) software.