Top Reasons Why You Should Consider Calibrating Your Display
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Wondering why you should Calibrate Your Display?

Photographers, videographers and designers can work confidently on a properly color calibrated screen and can assert greater control over the color fidelity of their digital process. Images can be reliably assessed and adjusted on a properly calibrated display, enabling true-to-life reproduction of image files.

Displays are normally set at the factory for a brightly lit office environment, more for word processing than image editing. This “fresh from the box” condition can be very frustrating. First, you have very little chance of seeing the correct color. Second, the brightness and contrast settings kill shadow and highlight detail, and often flatten out mid-tone transitions.

Calibrating your display will bring the performance of the device in line with requirements for photography, giving you rich but not over-saturated color, accurate neutral grays, good mid-tones, and realistic shadows and highlights.

Top Reasons why you should consider calibrating your display:

Displays render the same image differently: Calibration tunes your display to a reference standard and brings color consistency across desktop, laptop, multiple displays, televisions (with SpyderTV HD cross-grade), projectors (with Spyder4ELITE), and Android and iOS displays (with the Free SpyderGALLERY App).

Displays change over time: Recalibration returns it to reference state for brightness and color

Prints often do not match display: Display calibration provides a base for better print matching

Wide gamut displays may be oversaturated: Without calibration even wide-gamut displays may be inaccurate.

Highlight and shadow details may be inaccurate: Control of brightness, white point and tone response with calibration.

Image colors are not true to life: After calibration, images can be viewed and edited with confidence

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