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Part 7: Lights up

Turn your lights back on, or open the blinds, or whatever.

Part 8: Evaluate

Once you’ve saved the profile, the software gives you some results screens to evaluate. This is the most important one:


The White Point target is of most interest. I’ve instructed you to calibrate to the “Native” white temperature target, because that’s the easiest for both you and your screen. However, right up until this point, we don’t know what the native temperature of your screen actually is.

6500K is the common standard, and 500K either side of that is perfectly acceptable to all but the biggest nerds. You can see in the above screenshot that the native temperature of my (not very fancy) screen is 6258K, which is an excellent result – better than I expected, to be honest.

You’ll also notice that the final luminance result was 99, even though it read 103 during the process. Small disparities like that are very common, and nothing to be worried about.

Make a note of your resultant white point and luminance, because I’ll discuss these results further, if necessary, in the Troubleshooting section further down the page.

There’s also a 2D graph which can be of interest:


Generally, the better the screen, the straighter and closer together those lines will be. As I said, my screen isn’t a particularly good one, so the lines are all over the place.

Special note

If you’re having some trouble with your calibration, I encourage you to take screen captures of the two results screens I’ve just shown you above and include these in your a question on the forum.

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Damien, I thought I had followed the instructions very well, but my resulting color profile has an achieved white point of 7418K - way off the 6500K value you say is needed. Any idea where I might have gone wrong?



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Have done calibration again with desktop instructions and all turned out OK.


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