Many people wonder why their fronts look fuzzy, why their color looks inaccurate and why their blacks aren’t as dark, as a result many people end up buying a new monitor entirely in hope of better image quality and color accuracy. But in reality calibrating your display is one of the most important things you can do in order to gain superior quality with more accurate colors. This guide will teach how to calibrate your display without using any external tools, so if you are one of those people who want better quality out of their display then keep on reading.
Understanding monitor calibration
Okay now that we have determined that you are not satisfied with your current image and color quality it is time to explain why you should perform color calibration, a monitor comes out of the factory with a default set of settings and they are mostly geared towards standard office usage where the main focus remains clarity. However for any home user who actually cares about a proper balance of color accuracy and quality in their monitors this might turn into a problem, this where color calibration comes in. Using the simple built in tool you can set your monitors color accuracy at a much higher level where you can get the most out of your display
So how do I do it?
As long as you are using either Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 this method will work, first make your way to Control Panel and search for the word ‘Calibrate’ you will find ‘Calibrate display color’ right under display. Once you click on that option all you have to do is follow the instruction and you will find yourself on the first tweak, the gamma screen.
The first and in my opinion the most crucial setting is the Gamma tweak, it affects how colors interact with each other and also decides the level of brightness among whites and darkness among blacks. You will find 3 sample images presenting different states of tweaks, try to adjust your gamma in a way that the middle dot starts to dissolve. Also do not worry if you cannot achieve the same result as the ideal state picture as it differs for different monitors, simply focus on achieving a dissolved dot where you are having hard time seeing it and that will be your ideal gamma. You may also use other gamma correction images found online but either way the main purpose is to find the proper balance between color intensity. Once you are done just follow the instructions to move and you will find yourself with Brightness and Contrast tweaking.
Brightness and Contrast Tweaking
This is a bit different than the Gamma tweaking settings as you may need to use your monitor settings as well as systems colour software in order to achieve the ideal settings. Anyways, let us begin. First up you will be given the option to tweak brightness. Like the gamma settings you will also find three images presenting different state. Your aim is to find the right balance.
Keep in mind that brightness and contrast plays a huge part when it comes to highlight and shadow details. Try to use your monitor settings to achieve the similar result as the ideal one, but if you don’t quite get the right balance you might also use your software’s such as Intel Graphics Settings AMD catalyst control etc. Once you are done with brightness do the same with contrast but contrast is far easier to mess up we suggest you simply use the slider using the keyboard and tap away slowly in order to get the ideal balance. Once done just follow the wizard as always and you will reach the colour correction settings .
Color Balance Tweaking
This setting is crucial in order to get natural colors, you will get multiple sliders for each color and your goal is to get as neutral gray color as possible on all five swatches. The trick is to take it one at a time, each time you move a slider (use the keyboard for maximum control) you will notice the tint and how it’s affecting the overall color. Keep doing this in every case and soon you should reach a neutral color state where they are all balanced without any visible tint that affects your color accuracy, after you are done you will reach the final screen.
See the difference
After you have done all that you will get a final screen where you get to compare your old state with the new calibrated one (the difference should be huge if done right), once your satisfied with what you have done you will be taken to a clear type settings screen and once you have gone past that your done and set to go. Congratulation you have successfully calibrated your monitor without using any external tools.