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Part 3: Targets

The next screen you’ll see is the “Display Settings” page.

Display and technology type


At this point, you might need to dig around in your filing cabinet to consult the invoice or paperwork that came with your computer, to find out whether you have an LED screen or not. X-Rite told me that their software sometimes knows what screen type you have, but it doesn’t always get it right (in fact, it got it wrong for me when recording this tutorial) so always check for yourself, and be sure you’ve made the best selection from this list:

  • Generic: Choose this one if you really don’t know what type of display you have. Needless to say, this is not preferable.
  • CCFL: This basically means ” not LED”. The older your screen is, the more chance it’s CCFL.  But since 2012 or so, most new screens have been White LED.
  • Wide Gamut CCFL: Once again, if your screen is older, and if it was very expensive at the time, it might be wide-gamut CCFL.  But these screens are somewhat uncommon now.
    (Please don’t mix up wide gamut with wide format. Wide format screens are … y’know, wide. 16:9 shape, or whatever. “Wide Gamut” refers to the range of colours they can show. If the salesman boasted to you about a “110% gamut” or “Adobe RGB gamut” screen, it means wide-gamut.)
  • White LED: This is the most common type of modern screens. If you know your screen is LED, it’s almost certainly white LED.
  • RGB LED / OLED / Plasma / GB-LED: I’m not aware of many monitors using these technologies right now, but again, check your screen’s specs carefully.
  • Projector: This tutorial doesn’t cover projector calibration, sorry.

(Note:  For Macs, this page might help you.)

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