Easy monitor calibration

If you've ever spent hours tweaking your vacation photos on the PC, only to have the kids sport Shrek-tone tans when you print, your monitor settings are probably out of whack.

This calibration package puts the colour back in their cheeks by ensuring that what you see on your CRT, LCD, or notebook screen is what you get in your prints.

Included are a hardware sensor and wizard-based calibration software. After installing the latest driver updates for our graphics card (a must), along with the software and the sensor (a USB-based device that attached to the front of my display), we began calibrating a 19in Samsung SyncMaster 955DF CRT. The software walked us through some manual adjustments and then made changes as it automatically cycled through a range of colours. The entire process took less than five minutes and the results were impressive.

The calibration noticeably improved the accuracy and appearance of my test images. And the software supports the International Color Consortium (ICC) specification, meaning that when you employ ICC-friendly image editing software (which includes most major packages), your colours should be spot-on.

Because monitor settings drift, experts recommend recalibrating every two weeks. With this easy-to-use package, that shouldn't be a problem.

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