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Spyder 3 Express / Pro / Elite

Unread postby cenwyn » Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:10 pm

Hi everyone,

After some advice on what hardware/software I should be buying to calibrate my inexpensive LCD monitor - need to ensure that what I see on the screen will be printed!

Is Spyder the best choice? And if so, will their entry level suffice for me?

Thank you as ever.

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Re: Spyder 3 Express / Pro / Elite

Unread postby pakodominguez » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:56 pm

cenwyn wrote:
Is Spyder the best choice? And if so, will their entry level suffice for me?

The Spyder's entry level offer is good enough for basic monitor calibration on a PC. I have one and it works perfectly. I installed an update on my new computer with Windows & and I can use the devise on both stations.

Remember that there are little difference in the hardware since you will be mostly paying for the software: if what you got is not enough (because you're adding a second screen or so) you can always update the software.

Do you print at home, or you are sending your pics to a photolab?

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Re: Spyder 3 Express / Pro / Elite

Unread postby cenwyn » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:49 pm

I will be doing both. Thank you for the advice. Express here I come!

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Re: Spyder 3 Express / Pro / Elite

Unread postby pakodominguez » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:31 pm

Good:

Download the ICC profiles for the paper you'll use and softproof your files before printing.
Here, an article about softproofing: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read. ... e=27922167

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Re: Spyder 3 Express / Pro / Elite

Unread postby cenwyn » Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:33 am

Spyder3 Express arrived yesterday and my LCD monitor is now calibrated! I have to say that I couldn’t believe how blue the tone was before! Amazing to see the difference.

Now I have to try and understand how to upload this setting into Photoshop so that when I select to print to my HP printer it will use the colour tones I see on my monitor. That dpreview forum link looks daunting!

Once I have solved that puzzle, then I to understand what I need to do when I take them to be printed. I’m assuming that I also take the settings file with me to the printers.

Thank you Pako for your help.

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Cenwyn.


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