Ideal Settings for Manual Screen Calibration for
Photography with a ColorMunki Display
Q: What are the best settings for calibrating my monitor with a ColorMunki Display when I am editing my photographs?
We are often asked what are the best calibration settings for their displays. The document below takes you through the settings and options to obtain the best possible profile for your monitor.
1. Initially reset your monitor to factory defaults – There is usually a setting in the ‘on screen menu’ (OSD). The OSD can usually be accessed by pressing the menu buttons on the front of the monitor. It is always a good idea to familiarise yourself with the settings available through the monitors on OSD, as it will be used whenever you profile the monitor.
2. If the monitor has a colour temperature setting in the OSD set it to 6500K (D65).
3. Start the ColorMunki Display software and open the preferences.
On a Windows PC click File > Preferences from the top menu strip.
On a Mac click ColorMunki Display > Preferences, again from the top menu strip.
4. In the ‘Profile Settings’:
a. Set the Gamma to 2.2 (this will then balance contrast with that of print).
b. Set the ICC version to 2.
c. Un-tick the ‘Achieve display luminance value using video LUT’.
5. In the ‘Display Settings’ section:
a. Select the correct ‘Technology type’ for your screen (this can be found from the display’s instruction manual or manufacturer’s web site)
b. Un-tick the ADC. Then click OK.
6. In the main application window click ‘Profile My Display’ select the ‘Advanced (Photo)’ in the User Mode.
7. In the first section select your desired white point, usually D65 for photographic use*.
8. Click to highlight the ‘I would like my display luminance set to the following value’ option and set your required luminance (usually 100cd). Then click ‘Next’
9. In the ‘Advanced Options’ section un-tick both the Ambient light smart control and the Flare correct and click next. We generally recommend using a fixed brightness on the screen and try to control your working environment to keep it as stable as possible. It is also worth considering fitting a monitor hood especially if you are working in brighter conditions.
10. This will then run the profile. Initially it will check the contrast. If it finds the contrast is incorrect it will prompt you to set the contrast (usually accessed from the on-screen menu of the display) to 100% and then gradually bring it down until you get a tick in the meter at the top left of the screen. Often the contrast is correct after a factory reset so it may not prompt you to alter the contrast and go directly to the luminance setting.
11. The software will then prompt you to adjust the brightness of the screen to bring it down to the desired (usually 100 Cd) level and then, once set, it will profile your screen. Just make sure that the monitors OSD is not under the device as it will give incorrect readings. There is usually an OSD setting to move the window away from the centre of the screen.
* If you are still getting some color-cast with the profile produced it may be improved by using ‘Native’ in the white point setting (see step 7)