Calibrating your monitor can be a quick task and rather simple task that will make a huge difference to your prints, plus it'll save you time and money you spend on resources which is always a good thing. When it comes to ways you can calibrate your monitor, using an external sensor that's specifically built for the task or having a monitor with a calibration sensor built-in will produce excellent results, however there are a few other methods you can use if you don't have either of these to-hand.
1. With An External Sensor
An external sensor will measure the monitor's status and adjust accordingly. The external sensors tend to look like a computer mouse but instead of putting it on your desk you fasten it to the front of your monitor. Software is then used to adjust the monitor's display.
2. With A Monitor With A Built-In Calibration Sensor
EIZO's CG series monitors have calibration sensors built-in which can perform regular calibrations to ensure the display is correct. For tips on how to set this up, have a read of this: How To Set-Up EIZO Monitors To Self-Calibrate
3. With An Operating System Calibrating Tool
Some operating systems have a built-in calibrating tool you can use to ensure colours are represented accurately on your monitor. Those using Windows can have a look at our tutorial for more tips on how they can calibrate their screens.
4. With A Free Online Calibration Tool
Type 'free online colour calibration' into a search engine and you'll find plenty of websites offering free calibration tools and options. Some require you to download software while others just offer gradients and other images you can use to calibrate your monitor.
5. With A Print And Monitor Adjustment Buttons / Options
If you have an EIZO ColorEdge CX or CS series monitor you can use ColorNavigator Elements to help match the colours you see on screen to a print. This software has sliders etc. you can use to adjust brightness and other controls but for those of you who aren't using an EIZO monitor, you can use the controls found on the front of your screen to adjust the image to match your print.
For more information on EIZO's range of monitors with built-in calibration sensors, plus details on their other monitors available in the ColorEdge range, visit the EIZO UK website.