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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Calibrating an NEC Monitor with Spectraview II


An important step in everyone’s digital process should be calibrating your monitor(s).  By calibrating a monitor you will get accuracy in color, contrast and brightness rendering of your images.  Whether it be for shooting, retouching or web work there are certain steps to follow for accuracy and control.
In this series we explain the steps and give tips on calibrating your NEC monitor using the proprietary software, SpectraView II.
To calibrate your monitor plug in your calibration device to the computer and launch SpectraView.

*(Note: Make sure you have downloaded the most recent version of the software from the website)*

After launching SpectraView select SpectraView Preferences located in the top menu bar.

Choose the calibration device you are using under Sensor Type. Click OK when finished.


In the initial SpectraView window, choose the Edit Target Settings (the hammer & wrench icon).


This will take you the Edit Calibration Settings window. Click Custom Edit for your White Point to assign a specific white point.


This will take you to the Custom White Point window. Choose recommended white point for theBlack Body option. Once you choose the white point click OK.
*(Note: This setting is a starting point. You may need to change it if you see the screen is not matching your prints.)*

This will take you back to the Edit Calibration Settings window. Follow the recommendations shown below for the IntensityContrast RatioGamma and Color Gamut settings. Click OKonce you have set the parameters.
*(Note: This setting is a starting point. You may need to change it if you see the screen is not matching your prints.)*

This will take you back to the main SpectraView window. Click on Save (disc icon) to save your custom calibration settings. After saving click Calibrate to being calibration.


Follow on screen instructions. When a summary window appears the calibration is complete and you may quit the software to begin working.
For instructions for on calibrating an Eizo or an Apple monitor please follow the links below.