Monitor calibration is essential. If you are not doing it, you are wrong. Spending all that money to purchase that great monitor, is silly if you aren't going to spend just a few bucks extra in order to make sure that the color you are seeing on your screen, is the same color your customer is going to get when they order prints.
Well what if you don't have customers? Ok... So when YOU decide to print YOUR OWN prints from BayPhoto or whatever your favorite online pro printer is, don't you want your prints to have the same color that you saw on your screen when you edited it?
Well of course you do.
To make that happen, you need to color calibrate your monitor. The good news is, you don't have to spend buckets of cash in order to make that happen. In fact, you need to only spend less than $100 to ensure colors are correct.
For a while now, I had been using the X-rite Pantone Huey Pro. But those days are now over. It served me well for 7 years. Performing just as well as the much more expensive competitor models did. But that model has finally been retired. So NOW what to I recommend? The replacement for it, of course.
The X-rite Color Munki Smile is considered a budget colorimeter as it only costs about $89 US. But the performance that it offers beats my old trusty Huey hands down. Again, you don't need to spend an arm and a leg to get professional grade performance. Thanks, X-rite!
The system can sense when you have multiple monitors plugged into your MAC or PC and calibrate all your monitors. In addition, when not actually calibrating your monitor, it sits off to the side and adjusts your displays for ambient light and glare. Pretty cool. This keeps you in the what you see is what you get mode at all times.
The Color Munki Smile is available at my sponsor Amazon. Below you will see links for botht he North America Amazon, and the UK Amazon.
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