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>If you calibrate the monitor, and then leave it alone, then you know >that you're seeing the same thing you'd see on any properly calibrated >monitor. Ideally, this may be true; but as the monitor ages and/or heats up, it tends to drift and needs to be recalibrated. Since calibration of the monitor takes place prior to any color management and serves as a basis for accurrate color management, it needs to be redone on each monitor on a regualr timely basis. It is during the calibration that one may be called upon to use the actual physical monitor controls to set the contrast and brightness levels or to even make some color correction adjustments to account for differences in types of color temperatures or phosphors, etc. between the different monitors that might be used in your system or in yor system versus another system. This serves to insure that the monitors used to evaluate the soft proofs or the images to be printed are equivalent and therefore the color spaces defined by the printer profiles as seen on the monitors will be equivalent. Aside from these supplemental comments, I concur with what you have said Paul. -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Paul D. DeRocco Sent: Friday, May 24, 2002 3:41 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: Choosing a new Monitor (was LCD Monitors) Yes. If you calibrate the monitor, and then leave it alone, then you know that you're seeing the same thing you'd see on any properly calibrated monitor. If you adjust the monitor to match the prints, then you're looking at the "wrong" colors, and any files you produce will not print correctly if you take them to a print shop that has properly calibrated equipment. If you want to tweak any controls to get better matching, tweak the color controls in the printer driver. Although this is a necessarily iterative process, once you've found a good setting, you'll know that you've matched the printer to the monitor, and not the other way around. -- Ciao, Paul D. DeRocco Paul mailto:email@example.com > From: Konrad Poth > > Color me naive. > > With the color controls present I was hoping to first run Adobe > Gamma, then > using one of my prints from my 1270 as a master, try to set the color > controls of the monitor to match the print as closely as possible > - without > the extra expense of a Spyder. > > Am I way off base here? - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.