How to Calibrate Your Grading Monitors

Feb 5, 2020

As a followup to two recent posts on choosing a color grading monitor, this previously posted article is a great follow-up on why to calibrate. So, here's why. When you deal with spreadsheets or documents on your workstation, it's OK that your monitor isn't properly calibrated. It's just text. However, when you're an illustrator, a photographer, or a video colorist, proper color calibration of your monitor is imperative. You wouldn't want your photo prints or video submission to not have its blues or reds properly displayed.

With today's on-the-go workflow, it's not unusual for a content creator to spend time on multiple monitors or multiple computers trying to finish a project. These monitors should be calibrated. If you're working on your cinema display in the morning but decide to finish on your laptop at the coffee house in the afternoon, make sure the colors are matched. Resolution is important, but color tones matter more.

So what calibration tools should you use and, what are the steps and how can I learn to do this myself? Check out this article by Ant Pruitt and see how quickly you can master the calibration process:

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