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ColorNavigator 6 Calibration Tutorial

ColorNavigator 6 Calibration Tutorial - Here's a quick how-to guide on using EIZO's dedicated calibration software.

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ColorNavigator calibration software is designed to be used with EIZO's ColorEdge monitors, so the user can achieve an accurate display that's tailored to their needs.

For example, when working with an uncalibrated monitor, you may find that your prints don't look anything like they do on your monitor's screen and as a result, you'll waste time, money and resources. But by following four easy steps, your monitor can be calibrated in no-time.

This tutorial explains how to use ColorNavigator 6, for information on using ColorNavigator Elements, take a look at this tutorial: Easy Colour Matching Using ColorNavigator Elements.

1. Launch ColorNavigator

After installation, ensure your monitor is connected to your computer via a USB cable.
ColorNavigator 6
Next, double-click the butterfly icon or find the software in the menu system on your computer to open the software.

2. Select How You Use Your Monitor

When the new window opens you'll see three preset adjustments listed to the left under 'Target'. Each of them has appropriate values preset for the intended use of the monitor.

Rather than using the presets you can add a new adjustment via the 'Create A New Target' button found to the lower-left of the window. We'll cover this in further detail later on in the tutorial. We'll also look what can be done with the 'Advanced' options further into the article.

When you have selected your preferred target click on the 'Adjust...' button (right side towards the top of the window). 

3. Prepare The Sensor

For The CG Series:

If 'Display automatically detected device' is selected the correct measuring device should appear. As we are using a CG276 monitor, the Measurement device is 'CG276 Built-In (21108013)'. The box next to the Reference device should say 'None'. Click 'Next' then click on the 'Proceed' button. The built-in calibration sensor will now adjust the monitor. 

Calibrating the CG Series

For The CX and CS Series: 
Attach the external calibration sensor to the monitor.

For Measuring Instrument, select the sensor name, click on the 'Next' button and follow the on-screen instructions.

When you have placed the sensor on the screen click the 'Proceed' button. The external calibration sensor will adjust the monitor and the built-in correction sensor saves the adjustment values from the sensor.

4. Calibration Complete

Once complete, the adjustment results screen will appear and once you've confirmed there are no major gaps between 'Target' and 'Result' values, click on the 'Finish' button.

The display will return to the initial screen and the target name you've adjusted will be marked with a blur circle. 


Adding An Adjustment Target

Create a new targetFrom the first screen, select 'Create A New Target'.

Select the target creation method: to make adjustments using numerical values that you specify, select “Enter manually”. To match the measurement values of ambient light and,printing paper collected by sensors select “Measure a target”. To set the target to the existing RGB profile.“select 'Load a profile.'

When working manually, you'll be asked to set the monitor gamut. Profiles are available but if you want to adjust the settings yourself, select 'Monitor native' from the list then hit 'Next'. 

Manual adjustment

Move the 'Brightness' and 'White point' cursors manually. EIZO recommend the following values: 80-120 cd/m2 for Brightness and 5000-6500 K for the White point.

Values for color gamut, black luminance, and gamma can also be set manually.

Additional Steps For More Accurate Colour Matching

Here's how to improve the accuracy of colour matching for printed output after calibrating the monitor using the adjustment target 'For Printing'.  You will need a print to compare the colours displayed on your monitor with.

Click on the 'Advanced' button on the first screen and select 'Adjust Manually'. This is a fine-tuning function that adjusts the target values you have just calibrated. Three types of adjustments can be performed using Manual Adjustment: Brightness, White point, and 6 Colours.

Manual Adjustment

You need to adjust the e screen color tone (whiteness) until it approximates the appearance of the printed output. If the screen output seems blue, move the pointer away from the blue spectrum and toward the red end of the spectrum to remove excess blue.

Adjust the screen luminance (brightness) until it approximates the appearance of the printed output. If the screen output is darker than the printed output, move the cursor to the right.

Fine-Tune The Hue And Saturation For The 6 Colours
This function can be used when you want to fine-tune a particular colour. For example, if a blue sky is too dark on your monitor when compared with the printed image, adjust the Hue B (Blue) cursor. When you've competed your adjustment click the 'Next' button.

Use the calibration sensor to set a new adjustment target that reflects post-adjustment values.

The CG series of monitors feature a built-in calibration sensor that adjusts the monitor. For the CX and CS series an external calibration device is needed to adjust the monitor. Once calibrated, the monitor's built-in correction sensor saves the adjustment values from the sensor.

When the adjustment results are displayed, click on the 'next' button. Create a new target name and hit 'finish'.

Visit the EIZO website for more information. 

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