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Monitor Gamma and Calibration

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The images on this comunity look best on a calibrated monitor and in a low ambient light room. 

To achieve a good "gamma calibration" of your monitor, please follow the steps outlined below. You should also have a system capable of producting 16-bit (high color) or 24-bit (true color) color depth.

 

Gamma correction test image
This gamma test works best with MS Internet Explorer while using a standard monitor. Problems with the above image, have been experienced with the Netscape browser.

 

Squint your eyes or stand back and adjust the monitor brightness control until the middle square (2.20) closely matches its background.

The 2.00 square should be darker and the 2.40 square lighter. The technical term for this is 'gamma adjustment'. This image sets your monitor to an approximate standard gamma for photographs on a PC/Mac.

Contrast

You should be able to see a difference between both the bright squares 1 and 2, and the dark squares 10 and 11.

 

See also

Monitors are being discussed in our Computers & Peripherals forum.

 

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