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Rough brightness adjustment

(Many of you have probably done this already.)

With your prints in your hand to guide you, adjust your screen's brightness so it roughly matches them.  There's no need to agonise over this step, just make sure it's in the ballpark - not crazy bright or crazy dark.

Choose your screen's best colour settings

Go to your screen's buttons and find out what colour settings it offers you.  All monitors will have a handful of colour presets – they’ll be called “Warm”, “Normal” & “Cool”, or “6500K”, “7500K” & “9300K”, or something like that.

For example on my Dell screen, these are my options:


Try each of the settings while comparing the screen to your prints, and choose the setting which gives the closest match.  Maybe you'll be lucky and there will be a setting that gives a really close match, which would be awesome.  But many of us aren't so lucky.  That's okay, just choose the one that seems best.

Ignore the Custom setting for now

Your screen will also have a "Custom RGB" or "User" setting.  Don't use that one.  We'll come back to it later if necessary.

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