Ideal Settings for Manual Screen Calibration for Photography

with and X-Rite i1 Display Pro


Sometimes there can be problems calibrating certain displays, so if you are having issues getting a good profile, please follow the instructions below that take you through the settings and options to obtain the best possible profile for your monitor.

1.       Initially reset your monitor back 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 i1 Profiler software and select the ‘Advanced’ user mode and click on the ‘Display Profiling’ from the top of the left hand pane.

4.       In the ‘Display Settings’ section select the correct ‘Technology Type’ for your screen (this can be found from the display’s instruction manual or manufacturer’s web site).

5.       In the ‘White Point’ section set your desired color temperature (D65 – best for photography)*.

6.       In the luminance section select your desired screen brightness (usually 100cd).

7.       In the Gamma section select ‘Standard’ in the ‘Tone Response Curve’ drop down and set the Gamma to 2.2.

8.       Set the Contrast ratio to ‘Native’ and un-check both the ‘Flare Correct’ and ‘Ambient Light Smart Control’.

9.      Click ‘Next’ (bottom right).

10.    In the ‘Profile Settings’ section tick the Use Defaults’ box, but in the ICC Profile Version drop down select ‘Version 2’ rather than 4, this is because v4 is not supported by certain applications and operating systems and can cause unexpected results.

11.     Click ‘Next’

12.     In the ‘Patch Set’ section select the large patch set (for more accuracy).

13.     Click ‘Next’

14.     In the measurement section un-tick the ADC and tick the ‘Adjust brightness, contrast and RGB gains manually’ option.

15.     Click on Start Measurement and place the device on the screen. In the top left dialogue just have the brightness ticked in the adjustments and click next.

16.     This will then run the profile. Initially it will prompt you to adjust the brightness of the screen to bring it down to the 100Cd level using the monitors OSD and then, once set, it will profile your screen. Just make sure that the monitor’s OSD is not under the i1 Display Pro as it will give incorrect readings. There is usually an OSD setting to move the window away from the centre of the screen.

17.     Once the readings have been made click ‘Next’ and save the profile with a suitable name.

* If you are still getting some colorcast with the profile produced, it may be improved by using ‘Native’ in the white point setting (see step 5).