This is the second installment of a 2-part guest post by Jim Perkins, a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology's medical illustration program. His first post detailed why it's a good idea to calibrate your computer monitor regularly.

This next post walks us through the process and explains the mysterious settings known as gamma and white point. In my previous guest post, I encouraged all digital artists to invest in a monitor calibration system. Proper calibration guarantees that the image shown on screen matches the numerical color data saved in the digital file. Assuming your client uses calibrated printing equipment, there should be a nearly perfect match between the image you see on screen and the final printed piece.

Maybe a lot.

Monitor Calibration

Maybe a little. Even a high quality monitor may not display colors accurately, especially as it ages. All monitors change over time, so calibration must be done on a regular basis. Most experts recommend doing it every few weeks to every few months.

The basics of monitor calibration are pretty simple. You hang a measuring device colorimeter in front of your monitor. The calibration software then displays a series of color swatches on screen. The colorimeter measures these swatches to see if the color displayed on screen matches what the color is supposed to look like. If there are discrepancies, the software can adjust the monitor to improve color accuracy. In practice, however, calibration is a little bit trickier.

Second, you must make some critical decisions about how you want the monitor to display color. Calibration should be done under the same conditions that you normally use the monitor. So be sure to turn the monitor on at least 30 minutes before calibrating so it warms up to normal operating temperature. Next, make sure you are using your monitor under moderate ambient lighting conditions. This is probably overkill for most artists.

d50 or d65 for monitor calibration

When you connect the colorimeter and run the calibration software, it will ask you to select some important settings. The two most important settings are gamma and color temperature, both of which are fairly difficult concepts to understand. Gamma is the relationship between the numerical value of a pixel in an image file and the brightness of that pixel when viewed on screen. The computer translates the numerical values in the image file into voltage that is sent to the monitor.

This relationship is non-linear, meaning that a change in voltage does not translate into an equivalent change in brightness. For almost all TVs and computer monitors, a change in voltage results in a change in brightness raised to the 2. The gamma for these devices, therefore, is said to be 2. Gamma correction is a way of compensating for this non-linear relationship between voltage and brightness. This helps ensure that a change in pixel value in the digital file translates into a proportional change in brightness on screen.

Prior to calibrating a monitor, it is critical to tell the calibration software which gamma setting you wish to use.I thought I had it down but after reading digidog's article which is very in depth I admit I'm a little confused. If prints are assumed to be viewed at K, does it make more sense to calibrate a monitor at D50 vs D65 or native. If calibrated at D65 wouldn't the print then be to blue when viewed at K or, worse yet, under a tungsten lamp at K?

Or do I have it wrong and it would look too red if viewed under a 'cooler' light. The main question though is what is the proper white point for calibration and is it the same for all types of displays??

FRag: K or D50 is a little too warm for general viewing, especially if you are going to use the monitor for anything else on the internet. Most people will calibrate to whitepoint of K.

Assuming you are using a printer profile, the standard profile by default is made for K or D50, so that the print will look correct when viewed in a lightbox set for D50 although slightly warmer than the monitor view.

There are other issues with respect to an LCD monitor in calibrating, however, and that is that most monitors, except some of the high end Lacie use only 8 bit look up tables, and unlike a CRT which has analog controls, the look up table has to be adjusted when you do a calibration to a targeted whitepoint or gamma.

Because of the small 8bit table, you sometimes get banding, especially in the darker colors. Accordingly, you might be better off calibrating to native whitepoint and native gamma and let the profile take care of the difference. However, since the printer profile assumed D50 or K how is it that the prints would match the monitor or do they? I'd like to get in on this, as I too am foggy on all this.

After reading a lot of stuff I seemed to get the opinion that although was the recommended place to set your monitor I have a crt, btwit was still somewhat a matter of taste, and as long as you "told" the software what you had your monitor set at during the calibration process the software would adjust everything accordingly to achieve proper calibration. Now my monitor was originally set atwhich I got used to before I even knew what calibration was.

When I set it to it looked terrible to me-way too yellow. I couldn't stand it so I calibrated it at since there was that setting on both the calibration software and my monitor. I have gotten used to that now and my prints match my monitor pretty close. I guess my question is, unless you could control the light from the beginning to end -taking the pic to viewing the print- won't you always have some differences that are just out of your control?

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Right out of the box, with no external calibration, the monitor will display photographic images that look good—not perfect, but good. Mark Fairchild on chromatic adaptation for soft proofing on computer monitors in prepress workflows.

D50 or D65 for Monitor Calibration

The results of Dr. Before we had color computer monitors we had color television sets. The technology that enabled color television was an impressive merger of electrical engineering and color science. The NTSC standard for television established CIE standard illuminant C as the preferred white point for images viewed on a color television, which was at that time based on cathode ray tube CRT technology.

Eleven years later, inthe CIE recommended D65 as the main standard daylight illuminant, and the popularity of CIE standard illuminant C faded away. Instead, CIE standard illuminant D65 is now widely used as the representative of average daylight for colorimetry. Based on the recommendation from the CIE and other scientific research, D65—with a correlated color temperature of K before —became the preferred white point for calibrated video systems including PAL and SECAM, which are analog encoding systems for color television that were implemented in the s.

In the s and 70s, calibrated video systems were synonymous with closed-loop systems. With the personal computer revolution in the s, we began to see the color monitor as a component of a computer system that could be purchased separately and from a different vendor than the computer.

In such a system, the color monitor was out of the color calibration loop. In the s desktop publishing gained acceptance as the computer hardware from Apple Computer and the software from Adobe Systems and other companies enabled professional quality results in prepress workflows.

At this time, color monitors were based on CRT technology, and the native white point for a typical full-color CRT monitor was near a correlated color temperature of K. Therefore, color illustrations and photographic images seen on a full-color CRT monitor had a very strong blue color cast that was not visible in a printed version of the electronic file.

The open-loop systems created by connecting the separate components left us with an image displayed on a CRT monitor that did not look like the image rendered in a print. There was a strong desire, and economic incentive, to judge an image on a color monitor to reduce the time and cost of making prints for the same judgment.

The color monitor was the weak link in the system that prevented an accurate soft proof. There was universal agreement among printing, prepress, and color science experts that the white point of the color monitor had to be calibrated to a lower color temperature to solve the problem, but there was disagreement on the choice of the best white point for monitor calibration.

Two white points were proposed: D65 and D The set of chromaticity coordinates for CIE standard illuminant D65 was the standard white point for CRT-based color video systems, with roots in color television.

CIE standard illuminant D50 was the standard illuminant for viewing prepress proofs in a professional printing workflow. On one side of the debate was the evidence that a CRT-based video system calibrated to a D65 white point delivered an image with whites that appeared white.

On the other side of the debate was the set of standards and established practices where D50 was the specification for illuminating prints. And the divide between these two white points was significant because research on visual adaptation indicated that a D50 white and a D65 white were far enough apart to be visibly different when viewed side by side and in the same method of rendering e.

There were two factors that established D50 as an anchor in this debate: 1 the people who wanted to calibrate the monitors for soft proofing were working in digital prepress workflows with the goal of preparing files for a printing press, and 2 the established and universally adopted standard for viewing proofs in the printing industry was not going to change to D65 to accommodate this new idea of soft proofing.

Therefore, color monitors in a prepress workflow were destined to be calibrated to a D50 white point unless someone could show that an image on a print illuminated with D50 light looked like the same image displayed on a color monitor that had been calibrated to a D65 white point—a theory that was inconsistent with our basic understanding of colorimetry because D50 and D65 chromaticity coordinates are too far apart to achieve a visual match between two corresponding white fields when viewed side by side and in the same method of rendering.

That is a very large Delta E number, which indicates a large visual difference. Scientists around the world took up the soft proofing challenge and conducted research on chromatic adaptation to images displayed on a color CRT monitor in comparison to printed images displayed in a light booth under D50 illumination.

The scientists quickly identified environmental factors that influenced chromatic adaptation when people viewed images on a color monitor e. But one of the most interesting factors was explained in an article written by Dr. Mark Fairchild at RIT. Fairchild described sensory and cognitive mechanisms in chromatic adaptation.

The sensory mechanisms are consistent with the science of colorimetry. The cognitive mechanisms explain how our knowledge influences our perception of color. The cognitive mechanisms in chromatic adaptation enable an observer to discount the yellow tint cast by D50 illumination on white paper and see the paper as white. This explains why D50 illumination for contract proofs has worked very well for the printing industry for decades. Unfortunately, the cognitive mechanisms in chromatic adaptation do not deliver the same benefits for images viewed on a color CRT computer monitor.

To quote Dr.This is a trivial difference that is generally not perceptible, but it has led to some confusion when people use monitor calibration software. Some of the software applications that are available for calibrating monitors allow the user to specify a target white point for the monitor calibration.

The white point can be specified by selecting one of the CIE standard daylight illuminants i. Some of these software applications show the corresponding CIE chromaticity coordinates for the selected white point. And this is where that trivial difference causes confusion.

You may be asking why I am obsessed with this issue. I ran into this trivial difference when I was working on the development of OptiCal 2. I will also share with you the insight that monitor calibration software uses the CIE chromaticity coordinates to set the monitor white point, so it is very important for the software to have the right chromaticity coordinates associated with the CIE standard daylight illuminants and the color temperature scale.

So now we have three ways to specify the white point for a monitor: 1 a CIE standard daylight illuminant, 2 the correlated color temperature on the CIE daylight locus, and 3 the color temperature on the Planckian locus.

Each of these specifications of the white point has a different set of CIE chromaticity coordinates. The following chart shows three examples for each of the three methods of specifying the target white point.

The CIE chromaticity coordinates shown in the chart provide a quick reference for you to use to evaluate monitor calibration software. If the software provides the ability to select the target white point by selecting a CIE standard daylight illuminant or a color temperature on the Kelvin scale and provides the CIE chromaticity coordinates for the white point you selected, then you can see if the software is using the right CIE chromaticity coordinates by comparing those numbers to the numbers in the chart shown in this blog post.

Note: If the monitor calibration software allows you to specify the color temperature of the white point for the monitor, then the software must be using the data for the Planckian locus or the CIE daylight locus.

To be technically accurate, the color temperatures for the CIE daylight locus are correlated color temperatures because the CIE daylight locus is not on the Planckian locus, but the monitor calibration software may not make this distinction between color temperature and correlated color temperature.

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Proudly powered by WordPress.Discussion in ' Digital Darkroom ' started by bkkstudiosFeb 19, Now I swapped to an Eizo monitor, which provides D50 and D65 profiles.

When I load the D65 profiles, images look the same as on my BenQ monitor with its customized profile. When I load the D50 profile, my images look darker than on the BenQ. I don't recall selecting a color temperature with the Spdyer2PRO when doing calibration.

Does this mean that I have been unknowningly editing all my photos at D65 all along? And am I correct in saying I should be calibrated to D50? Equally important, is a printer effectively calibrated towards D50? I note that my photos on my BenQ I think, at D65 always needed to be lightened somewhat to get a good print, meaning, I think my monitor was showing me a darker image than what my printer thought was ok.

So would this explain the discrepancy between my calibrated monitor and my calibrated printer? However, what confuses me in all this is that I edit my photos on my BenQ D65 monitor, and they seem to be fine when looking at them on other monitors.

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The standard adopt by many people including me is gamma 2. I didtn know that a printer was calibrated toward D50? A calibrated monitor is one thing, using the rigth ICC profile when printing is another matter. Im not sure i really understand your problem since it doestn really seem like you have one if all look good and your happy?!

I admit my question was odd, but here is why, and I think the problem is more complex: I understand monitors should be calibrated to 2. I understand the standard light for commercial viewing is D50, right? So, frankly, this difference confuses me, but perhaps this is due to radiated vs reflected light, and is irrelevant?

My root problem on my calibrated BenQ was that all my printouts seemed to be darker than my monitor, even though I use an Epson with Epson profiles.

So I suspect this has nothing to do with D50 vs D65, and is more likely that my monitor calibration was not so good?I thought I had it down but after reading digidog's article which is very in depth I admit I'm a little confused. If prints are assumed to be viewed at K, does it make more sense to calibrate a monitor at D50 vs D65 or native. If calibrated at D65 wouldn't the print then be to blue when viewed at K or, worse yet, under a tungsten lamp at K?

Or do I have it wrong and it would look too red if viewed under a 'cooler' light. The main question though is what is the proper white point for calibration and is it the same for all types of displays??

FRag: K or D50 is a little too warm for general viewing, especially if you are going to use the monitor for anything else on the internet. Most people will calibrate to whitepoint of K. Assuming you are using a printer profile, the standard profile by default is made for K or D50, so that the print will look correct when viewed in a lightbox set for D50 although slightly warmer than the monitor view.

There are other issues with respect to an LCD monitor in calibrating, however, and that is that most monitors, except some of the high end Lacie use only 8 bit look up tables, and unlike a CRT which has analog controls, the look up table has to be adjusted when you do a calibration to a targeted whitepoint or gamma.

Because of the small 8bit table, you sometimes get banding, especially in the darker colors. Accordingly, you might be better off calibrating to native whitepoint and native gamma and let the profile take care of the difference.

However, since the printer profile assumed D50 or K how is it that the prints would match the monitor or do they? I'd like to get in on this, as I too am foggy on all this. After reading a lot of stuff I seemed to get the opinion that although was the recommended place to set your monitor I have a crt, btwit was still somewhat a matter of taste, and as long as you "told" the software what you had your monitor set at during the calibration process the software would adjust everything accordingly to achieve proper calibration.

Now my monitor was originally set atwhich I got used to before I even knew what calibration was. When I set it to it looked terrible to me-way too yellow. I couldn't stand it so I calibrated it at since there was that setting on both the calibration software and my monitor. I have gotten used to that now and my prints match my monitor pretty close. I guess my question is, unless you could control the light from the beginning to end -taking the pic to viewing the print- won't you always have some differences that are just out of your control?

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Submit a News Tip!Recommended methods and monitor calibration tool reviews. If you can not trust the colors displayed on your monitor, all other color management is a waste of time. Calibrating and profiling your monitor should, therefore, be your first priority. Luckily, it is the easiest part of the image capture, editing, and printing system to profile. The cost to do this ranges from free to expensive. If color accuracy and the ability to match your prints to your monitor are important to you, a decent hardware calibration system is essential.

With a little work you can get good color from your monitor. If digital photography is your business, or you simply want the best colors you can get, the expense of a high quality calibration system is more than justified. The most basic calibration tool, other than ignoring calibration altogether, is Adobe Gamma. This is certainly better than nothing, but leaves much to be desired.

The sole advantage is that it is free once you purchase Photoshop. The primary problem is that your basic eyeball calibration is highly influenced by ambient lighting, how much sleep you've had, and how much coffee is coursing through your veins. Obtaining a consistent viewing environment is difficult under these conditions.

d50 or d65 for monitor calibration

If you are stuck with eyeball calibration, Norman Koren put together a set of charts that work better than those bundled with Adobe Gamma — scroll towards the bottom of this page. Hardware-based monitor calibrators provide far more accurate and repeatable results.

The results of our ongoing tests and reviews of monitor calibrators is found here. To get the best results from your monitor, it is important to understand the steps involved. The first is calibration; i. You need to select a color temperature to work with. This gives a bluish tint to everything. It is often used for CAD work stations or in video games where maximum color contrast is desired. For photography, however, color accuracy is more important. This is the color of lighting in art galleries, and approximates sunlight.

On many PC monitors it produces white colors with a dingy, yellowish cast.