Nowadays, LCD monitor or display is no longer a luxury item. LCD panel offer better energy efficiency and require less desktop space. However, compare to CRT monitor, LCD panel (especially TN panel) is famous for its inferior image quality. And without proper calibration, your TN LCD display (most cheap LCD panel aka nonprofessional grade is TN panel) will probably produce pathetic image quality. Here is 3 simple ways to calibrate your LCD panel without require any single dime.
We require calibration reference sheet and calibration tool.
Calibration reference sheet is the one we refer while adjusting our LCD monitor’s setting and video card’s setting. Without this reference, how could we know that our monitor’s setting is OK or not.
Calibration tool is the one we use in order to adjust our LCD monitor or graphic card setting.
Lagom LCD Test
From your favorite browser, head to: http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/
I personally use this website LCD monitor test pages to assist me in order to fine tune my graphic card video output and my LCD panel setting. It is very comprehensive. Free of charge too.
Windows 7 Color Calibration tool
Start Menu -> Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Display -> Calibrate Color
Windows Color Calibration tool is simple but not comprehensive. But for most people, it might suffice.
Your monitor calibration software
For those who are using Samsung Monitor, you should download Magic Tune Premium from Samsung Website.
A lot of adjustment and calibration could be done from this handy software.
Your Graphic Card 2D Desktop Calibration Tool
For those who are using ATI’s card, the steps are as follow:
Right click on empty desktop and choose Catalyst™ Control Center
From the menu bar, click on Graphics and choose Desktop Properties
Click on Color Tab. You may change your graphics card’s gamma, brightness and contrast output which has direct result to your LCD display.
For those who are using NVidia card, fred not, you can achieve the same result as well by digging into your NVidia driver tool as well.