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SpyderX Elite calibration tutorial – Macs & laptops

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This tutorial discusses using the SpyderX Elite to calibrate screens which have no adjustability other than their brightness. This includes all Mac screens, and all laptops. It might also include cheap desktop screens with no buttons or menus to control their colour; and the new breed of all-in-one PCs that try to look like Macs.

This tutorial will guide you step-by-step through the calibration process.  I hope you'll find it easy to follow.  If you'd like to sign in (it's completely free to create an account, don't worry) you are welcome to ask questions on any of the slides if you need more information or help.

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My Spyderx Elite arrived today. Can I clarify which tutorial to follow, laptop or desktop, as I have a laptop that DOES have controls for contrast, brightness and colours. 

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I just purchased the Spider Elite using your link, and today it is showing up $100 less than last week! So I ordered it and don't have it yet. But I was reading the instructions, and I have a question: I have 2 monitors: a Mac (iMac 27") and a Asus ProArt monitor with controls, which is connected to my iMac as a second monitor. Should I use different instructions to calibrate each one? Is that even possible?

 

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26 minutes ago, Dimundus said:

I just purchased the Spider Elite using your link, and today it is showing up $100 less than last week!

Hooray!  That's awesome!

27 minutes ago, Dimundus said:

I have 2 monitors: a Mac (iMac 27") and a Asus ProArt monitor with controls, which is connected to my iMac as a second monitor. Should I use different instructions to calibrate each one? Is that even possible?

It is possible, and yes, that's how you need to do it.

After you've calibrated both screens, you can choose the one that gives you the very best print match, and that will be the one you do your editing on.

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Hi Damien 

Is there any way to check that your calibration is working? Normally when I turn on my laptop there is a noticeable colour shift after a couple of seconds. I didn't notice that happening today and the colour of the whites look off to me, is there any way to make sure that it's definitely showing the calibrated view, without going through the whole process, as I only did it a few days ago! 

 

thanks

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I'm using a macbook pro, but have a second monitor, a Lenovo L24-i20, attached to it which I need to calibrate (the macbook monitor is already calibrated). Which set of instructions do I follow? Laptop or desktop? The Lenovo only has controls for brightness and contrast.

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Definitely desktop.

1 hour ago, LydsinIA said:

The Lenovo only has controls for brightness and contrast.

You're wrong.  I looked up the user manual, it definitely has control for colour too.

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Ok, I found the color setting, but it's grayed out and unselectable. I suspect that the monitor doesn't allow calibration at that level of detail unless I'm using VGA and I'm connected by HDMI. Trying to confirm.

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Ok, finally figured it out. I had to change "novo vision" to "text" mode. OK. 

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On 10/23/2021 at 3:08 PM, LydsinIA said:

Ok, finally figured it out. I had to change "novo vision" to "text" mode. OK. 

OK, so I calibrated the monitor to the same settings as my Macbook pro -- 65k. But I kept getting an error at the end telling me that the brightness doesn't match the calibration, and it increased it. This happened twice, until it had set the brightness at 132. (Not sure what that means, but it's about as bright as my macbook). 

But they look WAY different color-wise, the two monitors. The Lenovo is way less yellow which is causing me to overedit toward yellow, and my people look jaundiced. Also, the Lenovo profile shows that it can show much fewer colors than my macbook can. 

How do I make them match?

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Neither. The print I am using for comparison is more yellow than both. 

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Concentrate on the Lenovo.  It's the one you have a better chance of getting right.

And remember, don't use these instructions.  There are specific instructions for desktop screens.

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OK, so what's my next step? 

(unrelated: the software update switched my photoshop document profiles to adobe rgb. I can't find the instructions for how to switch it to sRGB... can you point me to them? -- ETA: nevermind, I found it! Oddly, all the settings were correct. Somehow just one photoshop file got into Adobe rgb... weird.)

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