Roll your mouse over the image above to switch from “After” to “Before” – You can see that the calibration eliminated a cool cast the uncalibrated monitor showed. Lower-end versions of the ColorVision Spyder2 provide fewer capabilities, but for readers with more modest requirements and only a single monitor, the trade-off may be worthwhile. Repeat calibrations periodically, to insure that your displays are always accurate. Hardest part is Turning off the Adobe Gamma, Virus protection and installing the disc in the proper drive. And yes, even LCDs need to be warmed up. This make whites white, grays gray and blacks black.

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Programs like Adobe Photoshop can use display profiles to compensate for the known quirks of a display device, and insure accurate color rendering.

Monitor Calibration with the ColorVision Spyder2PRO

If you can afford it, the ColorVision Spyder2PRO gives the most flexibility and bang for the buck, and is what we use here. There’s not a lot to note here, but it does illustrate in passing one of the few limitations we found in apyder2pro Spyder’s software. The Spyder2PRO uses a 7-channel “spectrocolorimeter” that measures display performance in seven different color bands.

Seems to be well built and I’m really glad that they made vvision cable on the dongle to reach well beyond the monitor. I liked this arrangement better than ones where the weight can be removed, as I found those harder to slide without pulling the weight loose.

On the Spyder, this weight is permanently attached, surrounding the cable, and slides up and down with moderate force. In most cases, excessive brightness will only produce eye fatigue and interfere with your ability to discriminate shadow detail.

Click on the down-arrow “Switch” button to see how the image looks with the monitor in its uncalibrated state. This is a great tool and I don’t know how I ever did Photo editing without it. No product is ever perfect, but we found the Spyder2PRO to be better than most and it offers a flexibility found in few other monitor calibration solutions. This award winning product uses the Spyder2 colorimeter, wizard driven software, and the most comprehensive calibration feature set on the market today.


Didn’t seem to effect the calibration.

ColorVision Spyder2PRO – 64bit driver

Roll your mouse over the image above to switch from “After” to “Before” – You can see that the calibration eliminated a cool cast the uncalibrated monitor showed. For more on why you need monitor calibration if colpr serious about digital photography, see our Monitor Calibration: Low-end calibrators have only three sensors red, green, vjsion blueand so clor less able to measure and characterize subtle color differences between different LCD panels.

My strong advice is to leave the Ambient Light Compensation option disabled, and to just make sure that you have a reasonable light level in your workplace. You can choose whether to continue with the previous settings, or to change them first. Your purchases through this link help support this site.

You’ll want to make sure that they’re clean, vission any dust coloe the suction cups can cause them to lose their grip in the middle of the calibration sequence. No such worries with the Spyder2PRO.

Miller from Make A Huge Difference The considerably more expensive Gretag MacBeth EyeOne Pro is a true spectrophotometer, collecting data at many points across the color spectrum, but our admittedly subjective tests didn’t find a noticeable advantage to the Eye-One Pro’s finer-grained color measurements.

If you’re concerned about matching multiple monitors to each other, you’ll want to use Measured, as it lets you set visionn black and white brightness vsion of all your displays to the same values. You’ll want the display brightness to match the overall light level in your workspace.

As noted at the outset, the ColorVision Spyder2PRO is the calibration solution that we settled on for use here at Imaging Resource after looking at a wide variety of solutions. On most LCDs, you’ll do best to avoid these, but on high-end LCD monitors and CRTs, the RGB adjustments shown here let you set the white point very precisely, leaving less work for the calibrator to do, which generally results in a better profile.


It’s important to note that ColorVision recommends leaving your display’s controls at the manufacturer’s default settings unless you need to correct an obvious problem. Calibration takes a bit longer than some competitors No control over where calibration window is placed, can be awkward using on-screen menus to make monitor adjustments. If the display had a separate brightness control, we’d get a second screen showing a series of very dark blocks, with the instruction to adjust the brightness level until we could just make out all four blocks.

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The entire thing, including prep, only took about 45 minutes. The idea is to have the Spyder’s sensor look at the ambient light in the room, after which the software will make recommendations for how to change your target settings so the display will look right to your eyes, given all the light bouncing around the room. Enter new zip code to refresh estimated delivery time.

Lower-end versions of the ColorVision Spyder2 provide fewer capabilities, viaion for readers with more modest requirements and only a single monitor, the trade-off may be worthwhile. Just make sure that the window is clear before clicking the resample button.

Use a reasonable brightness level and your eyes will thank you. Real expert users can elect to create their own target setup, varying the gamma, tone curve you can even edit the tone curves manually for each color channel, which might be helpful in matching the display to the characteristics of a non-color-managed photographic output devicewhite point in either degrees Kelvin or actual CIE color coordinatesenable ambient light compensation, select luminance modes measured or visual and plug in specific values for white and black luminance if you’re using measured mode.