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Colour and brightness not right

Please never underestimate the impact your surrounding light has on this calibration/comparison process. If your light is too dim or too yellow (both VERY common problems) it will always make your prints seem darker and/or yellower than they really are, and cause you to think that your screen is too bright and/or cold.

If you think, or even suspect, that your light is the culprit, take steps to rectify it. Get brighter/whiter bulbs if you can, or at least try assessing your prints in daylight. I would hate to be wasting your time with all of these calibration adjustments if the calibration wasn’t actually the problem.

If you’re sure the light is ok, read on …

Let’s try again.

Pull down the little Shortcuts menu in the bottom left corner of the screen, and choose "Expert Console" ...


... to come back to this screen:


First, brightness

Type a new value in the White Luminance field:


  • If your screen is darker than your prints, type a higher number than before.
  • If your screen is brighter than your prints, type a lower number than before.

Note: If you find you need to go lower than 70, please, I beg you, consider the light that you’re in. 70 should be as low as you ever need to go if your light is good.  If it's not low enough for you, your room light is too dim.

Then, colour

Choose a different white point target:


  • If your screen is presently warmer than your prints, you need to choose a higher number than before.
  • If your screen is colder than your prints, you need to choose lower number.

For example, if I’d calibrated to 6500K the first time, and found that my screen was a bit too blue compared to the prints, I’d choose 5800K this time. If I had come around to this screen a second time, because the screen was still too cool, I’d go to 5000K.

If you want a smaller adjustment than the menu gives you, you can choose "Other" and enter your own value:



Once you’ve chosen your new targets, press “Next“ and continue with the new calibration.

Follow the instructions again >>

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Damien its been a little white since I have calibrated due to the joystick on my monitor not working properly. I have been through it tonight and it only checks brightness it hasn't stopped and let me adjust the red blue and green and I remember it asking me to do this in the past. Have I not checked a box or something? My calibrated image colours are off. I always have to lower the K to about 5000 an this has always been the same but I want to adjust the actual rgb as I am sure it all over the place.

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