As the eyes are the window to the soul your monitor is the window
to your files. Working digitally it is essential to have an accurate
and reliable view of the information in the file. Without that you
are making file changes based on incorrect information.
If you could correct only one piece of equipment in your workflow,
it would have to be your monitor. Think about it. Consciously or
subconsciously, you assess every image that passes though your monitor.
Some images will be discarded, some you will edit. And those decisions
will be based solely on what you see on screen. If you are not getting
an accurate preview of the file, how can you make an informed call
about how to treat it?
Profiling a monitor is a relatively simple process involving some
software and a device (either a colorimeter or a spectrophotometer)
to read in values from your screen. The profile is installed into
the system area of your hard disk and is used by programs like Photoshop
and Illustrator to accurately display the content of a file.
Once you have determined that your display output is correct, you
can then make assessments on the rest of your equipment. You’ll
be able to tell if you printer is delivering the goods, whether
your scanner is on track, even whether your lab’s printer
You should give serious consideration to buying the equipment to
calibrate your monitor. Knowing that you are assessing your images
accurately is something that is going to give you piece of mind.
We would recommend that you have a colour management professional
show you the ropes the first time – there is a lot more to
it than you might imagine