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post #1 of 4
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Looking for software to calibrate my monitor. I would like to make sure my screen is not bombing my post processing of photos. Something free would be great but as thats unlikly something cheap would work.

I have heard of Spyder3 but cant seem to find any where in Australia to pick it up.

Any other suggestions?
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post #2 of 4
Are you looking for software or hardware?

You can get hardware colorimeters such as the Spyder3Pro or Spyder3Elite and the Eye-One (i1) Display 2. These 3 are probably the most popular. Here's a table showing the differences between the Spyder3 models (from this review):



On the cheaper end of the scale you can get the Pantone Huey or Huey PRO and the Spyder3Express, whilst these are cheap, they're also quite limited and I believe some have compatibility problems with Windows 7, particularly 64bit.

The more expensive ones are usually more sophisticated/accurate and arguably better at calibrating. TFTCentral for example uses the LaCie Blue Eye Pro which is very expensive.

Other than using hardware, the alternative is to calibrate by eye. I mainly use the Lagom tests (and sometimes this page) as well as these 2 images (amongst others):





Calibrating by eye will never get you the perfect calibration, but it's certainly cheaper than buying a hardware calibrator.
Edited by cracker - 1/19/11 at 1:09pm
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
I'd love to calibrate by eye but I am slightly colour blind (have trouble with shades) so hardware might be best.

Thanks for the feedback, shall look into it.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Velociraptor  WD Black WD Black Pioneer BDC-S02 DVD-RW/Bluray 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64 bit Home LG 34UC97  Razer Lycosa Corsair HX1000w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
HAF922 Death Adder Razer Soundblaster 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Velociraptor  WD Black WD Black Pioneer BDC-S02 DVD-RW/Bluray 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64 bit Home LG 34UC97  Razer Lycosa Corsair HX1000w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
HAF922 Death Adder Razer Soundblaster 
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post #4 of 4
I don't know much about Australian online shops, but I've found this site which has the Spyder3 variants and the Eye-One Display 2 that you can buy.
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