Where can I download a free colour/shade swatch to pro. print & cali my monitor with?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by BlackScarletLove, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. BlackScarletLove

    BlackScarletLove Status:In Post-Production

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    Where can I download a colour/shade swatch that I can get printed professionally to calibrate my monitor with?

    I am a photographer. I want to finally be able to print my works and sell them, but I need to make sure what I see on my monitor is what will come out of the print shop. Where can I find a professional, or mock-professional swatch that shows a large range of colours and shades that I can get professionally printed out and subsequently calibrate my monitor to?

    I'm looking for a free image, not something I have to pay to download, so none of that.
     
  2. LordOfLA

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    Re: Where can I download a free colour/shade swatch to pro. print & cali my monitor w

    you'll need to get ahold of special monitor calibration hardware and software if you want to calibrate it professionally. This isn't something you can do for free.
     
  3. Lawman82

    Lawman82 I see bad people

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    Re: Where can I download a free colour/shade swatch to pro. print & cali my monitor w

    I have seen this type of hardware and software sold threw store like best buys, tigerdirect, and a few other place it was cheap either.
     
  4. LordOfLA

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    Re: Where can I download a free colour/shade swatch to pro. print & cali my monitor w

    the "proper" stuff I've only seen on sale >£1000 here in the UK.
     
  5. BlackScarletLove

    BlackScarletLove Status:In Post-Production

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    Re: Where can I download a free colour/shade swatch to pro. print & cali my monitor w

    Damn, man, I'm a student, not a doctor; seriously I know that there is 'software this' and 'hardware that'. Hell, I can even pay 50 bucks for a piece of paper with a colour/shade range on it, I've seen it in the stores, but really, logically it seems to me that if I professionally print out a picture with a wide range of colours and shades, in the colour palette I am going to be using, from a few different professional printing places, and then adjust my monitor manually in medium lighting to match exactly what I see on the picture, then what more do I need to ensure that what is on my monitor is what is on the paper?

    There is more ways to skin a cat, then using a $750 scalpel. /:| :rolleyes:
     
  6. LordOfLA

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    Re: Where can I download a free colour/shade swatch to pro. print & cali my monitor w

    You said you wanted to do this "professionally" which to me means "properly" not on the cheap.

    The only way you can guarantee your screen matches paper is to have it "professionally" calibrated with colour measuring attachements and colour profiles. It's expensive, but the results are vastly better than eyeballing it.