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Click ProTiffany Kelly

I recently used the X-Rite ColorMunki Display to calibrate my monitor and my first impression was that it was SO easy to use! I got this new monitor fairly recently and the color seemed really good so I had slacked on calibrating it until now, which I know is a major mistake! Calibrating your monitor is incredibly important to ensure prints and products will match what you see on your screen.

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One reason I had been putting it off is that it seems like a complicated task. I was worried it would take a lot of time and possibly be confusing, but I was so wrong! The ColorMunki Display includes a software CD, the calibration device, and a simple user manual. I popped the software CD in and installed it, and started up the wizard. There were options for “easy” or “advanced” and I selected “easy” and let the wizard guide me through the entire calibration process. It was super easy for me and the whole process took less than 10 minutes.

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The program showed me exactly where and how to place the device on my screen. It then calibrated my monitor and changed my monitor settings for me, so I didn’t have to do a thing or dig through any monitor settings myself. The before-and-after feature at the end was really nice, because it showed me how it changed the appearance of my screen and how it made my monitor brighter and my colors more accurate. Another great feature is that you can set the software to remind you to re-calibrate at certain intervals. This is useful because unfortunately monitors do change over time, so I set mine up to remind me to calibrate every four weeks. Another cool feature is you can set it to monitor the ambient lighting near your computer and update your screen to account for the available light. Another neat thing about the ColorMunki Display is that you can even use it to calibrate a projector. So useful for photographers who use a projector to show galleries during in-person sales meetings.

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This tool is a genuinely easy, user-friendly, and affordable way to make sure your monitor is always calibrated. It’s imperative that my monitor is calibrated and matches my prints, otherwise all my time spent editing is really a waste. So now I can relax and feel confident that my monitor is calibrated and my prints will look perfect! Overall, the ColorMunki Display was super easy to use, reasonably priced, and I cannot think of any features that were lacking.

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Photos by Tiffany Kelly

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