A&P Monitor Color Calibration

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by mooingmooseman, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. mooingmooseman

    mooingmooseman New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2007
    Messages:
    376
    Likes Received:
    0
    I live in NYC so I love getting pictures printed by Adorama. They do a great job and for cheap. They even supply a monitor color calibration file so I can see it the way it is printed... but... I don't know how to install this file.

    There's an online tutorial they link me to but I can't follow it at all. I tried installing adobe color w/e and it just doesn't show up after I "install". I don't mean to be a total moron, I actually worked in IT for a while so I'm pretty good with computers. I just. Don't know what's going on here. I run Vista though (yeah yeah, laugh first then help) so is that the problem...

    Monitor is Acer AL1917W

    File is here http://www.adoramapix.com/?sid=1214098344737461
    Says "download color profiles"

    If I shouldn't use this file, what should I use?
     
  2. iDrive

    iDrive OTAP crew. Muradadog crew. GO GATORS!

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2001
    Messages:
    11,420
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Denver, CO / Fargo, ND
    Look in the control panel? (might need to switch to classic view)

    :dunno:
     
  3. mooingmooseman

    mooingmooseman New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2007
    Messages:
    376
    Likes Received:
    0
    i don't actually see the program that installs...

    does no one really know what i'm talking about? how do you guys deal with printing then? when I edit my pictures for contrast / levels, different monitors display it COMPLETELY differently so it's really important for me to know the shadows aren't being lost and etc when printed because i can see them on my monitor (under certain settings)
     
  4. Creator

    Creator The Creator Has a Master Plan

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2001
    Messages:
    44,092
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Here
    In to learn about color calibration. I ned to be doing this as well
     
  5. Dwight Schrute

    Dwight Schrute New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2003
    Messages:
    8,616
    Likes Received:
    0
    Put the ICC file in your system's color directory. Not sure where it is in Vista, but in XP it's:

    C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\color

    Right click on the file and hit Install Profile.

    Then read this article, it should explain everything:

    http://www.drycreekphoto.com/Learn/profiles.htm
     
  6. mooingmooseman

    mooingmooseman New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2007
    Messages:
    376
    Likes Received:
    0
    yeah i put it in there but now what? drycreek.com is what adorama links me to too... i can't understand any of that, tried so many times. the program that doesn't seem to install is adobe rgb btw...
     
  7. Dwight Schrute

    Dwight Schrute New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2003
    Messages:
    8,616
    Likes Received:
    0
    The ICC profile you downloaded from Adorama is basically a map of how Adorama's printers interpret color. The only point of downloading the profile is to see how your photo will look when you get you get it printed by them, and compare that to your own setup.
     
  8. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2006
    Messages:
    17,733
    Likes Received:
    53
    ok, this is getting too complicated in here.

    Download the print file.

    Drag print file to:

    C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\color

    open PS, open image, etc.

    go to view>proof setup>custom

    Hit the drop down on 'device to simulate'

    Scroll down and find the adorama print file. should be something like 'adorama pro lustre blah blah blah'

    click ok.

    go to view>proof colors

    click it to turn the check box on, or use cntrl+Y to toggle on/off.

    You'll see the rgb panel on your image change to reflect if the proofing is on or off.

    Done. You can now see the color differences in your image based on your rgb setup vs their printer setup.
     
  9. Dwight Schrute

    Dwight Schrute New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2003
    Messages:
    8,616
    Likes Received:
    0
    Exactly what I said to do and what is described in the article I posted.
     
  10. mooingmooseman

    mooingmooseman New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2007
    Messages:
    376
    Likes Received:
    0
    hehe and my response was the article was where i started in the first place before i came on here still confused =P

    thanks jared_IRL. that was some good instructing right there! been trying to figure this out for months lol, thanks so much.
     
  11. BabelJoat

    BabelJoat New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2008
    Messages:
    136
    Likes Received:
    0
    how do you do this with a mac?
     
  12. mooingmooseman

    mooingmooseman New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2007
    Messages:
    376
    Likes Received:
    0
    i think when my friend had that problem with mac, he went down to best buy, explained to them the situation, and bought a pc. =)

    hehe jk. seems like it would be possible, maybed jared_IRL can help.
     
  13. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2006
    Messages:
    17,733
    Likes Received:
    53
    same process, except folder is here:

    macHD>library>application support>adobe>color>profiles
     
  14. EWhytsell

    EWhytsell New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2008
    Messages:
    1,296
    Likes Received:
    0
    If your wanting to calibrate your monitor to view them as they are printed you'll have to install a monitor calibration software. Adobe Gamma is a great tool for this. Some video cards have calibration software that comes with them as well. I know a few of mine do.

    The first thing you need to do is use the buttons on your monitor to make sure that it is set to 6500K (K = Kelvin the guy who came up with color temperature.) Next is to make sure its not set to use some odd ball color space. sRGB is a good standard unless you really know what your doing.
    Then use a calibration software to adjust your bright/contrast/gamma correctly and you should be all set.

    There are a few documents on the internet about how to set all this stuff and that explain in detail about color. I'm very into astronomy and am also a certified color copier/printer field service tech so I get to adjust this sort of thing on a daily basis.

    Evan
     
  15. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2006
    Messages:
    17,733
    Likes Received:
    53
    adobe gamma is an absolute fail of a calibration software.
     
  16. johan

    johan Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2003
    Messages:
    5,123
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sahasrara; magnetic violet infinite
    those software calibration doesn't give accurate enough profiling for critical work.
    Esp if you're doing portraits. Skin tones are very demanding.
     
  17. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2006
    Messages:
    17,733
    Likes Received:
    53
    what a fucking worthless reason to bring back a dead topic.

    If you didn't have a av pic from the man show i'd vote to ban you.
     

Share This Page