Color calibration spyders on business laptops?

Color calibration spyders on business laptops?

Post by Al Dyk » Fri, 19 Mar 2010 20:46:00

What's the consensus on how useful a spyder and gamma setting is on
the economy laptops.  

The ones I'm looking at happen to have LCD a backlight, maybe they all
do, now.


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Color calibration spyders on business laptops?

Post by Mike Russel » Sat, 20 Mar 2010 10:41:15

Quote:> What's the consensus on how useful a spyder and gamma setting is on
> the economy laptops.  

> The ones I'm looking at happen to have LCD a backlight, maybe they all
> do, now.

> Thanks.

I think most people don't need to calibrate using a gadget.  Factory
calibration is pretty good, and you can easily adjust the overall
brightness and color to suit your needs.  

For example, if your images look about the way they did on the camera
screen, and they print closely enough that you can make a useful prediction
on overall color and brightness, the money is better invested in other
equipment or software.

That said, monitor colorimeters, such as the Spyder and i1 do work,
particularly if you spend about $150 or so.  It's not so much a matter of
the color being more accurate, but it might save a few "discussions" if you
are in a profession where you need to share your images with other people.  
Mike Russell -


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you have done some testing on your own and have come up with some settings
that work well, please post them for other Epson Stylus Color users.
Please indicate the photo-editing application and all its relevant
settings, which version of Stylus printer driver and all its settings, and
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The "KS Labs Epson Ink 2.52" PhotoShop ink settings for the Epson Stylus
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