Your box contains the ColorMunki software on disc and the first step is to load that onto your machine, by following the simple on-screen prompts or video tutorials if you need them.
If you use a Windows operating system, the Hardware Wizard will automatically launch and install the drivers for the device.
Now launch the ColorMunki software.
Before you begin the process of calibrating your monitor display or projector, you can set and personalise your software preferences, to ensure that you deliver the results for your project and viewing needs.
The ‘preferences’ tab is located in ‘menus’ at the top of the on-screen interface panel and offers the following settable options, which we recommend as follows:
- Tone Response Curve: Set to the default 2.2
- ICC Profiler Version: If you use older design software, you should set to version 2, newer edition user should select version 4
- Achieve Display Luminance Value using video LUTs: Check this tick box if you use a monitor that can be too bright even at minimum brightness, these include iMac displays
- Enable ADC: Check this option as it allows the software to take control of your monitor and make the relevant adjustments in the key areas
- Technology Type: Simply select the type of backlight that your monitor uses. If you are not sure, CCFL is a good start point
Check ‘OK’ when you are happy with all your preference settings
One of the advantages of ColorMunki Display is that you can calibrate both monitor displays and projectors.
For the purposes of this overview, we will walk through how to calibrate a monitor display.
- Select ‘Profile My Display’ from the menu of options on the right-hand side of the on-screen interface.
- Select the ‘Advanced’ option that is presented, as this allows you to work with optimum control
- Next set the ‘White Point’ – D65 will suit almost all users
- Set the ‘White Luminance’ to automatically match ambient lighting or to a value that suits your personal environment. A darkened room is ideal and for optimum results you can also ask the software to monitor the effects of ambient lighting for you.
Taking advantage of Advanced Options
- Ambient Smart Control, measures the effects of ambient light and then automatically adjusts your display’s contrast, saturation and tone for optimum results
- Flare Correct – compensates for any light or glare that falls directly onto your screen, it is a good feature to use in conjunction with adding a monitor hood in creating the most accurate working conditions.
- Rotate the integral Diffuser Arm away from the lens of the ColorMunki Display and then simply place against the screen of your monitor as centrally as possible
- Adjust the counter weight on the cable so that it hangs over the top of the monitor case and holds the device squarely in place on the screen
- Click ‘Next’ on the on-screen interface to start the measurement process
- If your monitor is ADC compatible, any adjustments will be automatic. If not, you will be asked to make some minor settings adjustments – all of this is intuitive, clear and prompted on-screen
- Next, it is best to measure any glare that is falling onto your screen as this will affect the final profiles. Simply, position the device as requested on-screen by your software and click ‘Measure’
You are now essentially done!
Save Your New Profile
Name your profile as you wish and click ‘Save’ – you can also ask the software to diarise a re-calibration date, and we would suggest that you do this for a reminder every calendar month to sustain your colour accuracy and consistency.
Before & After
A Before & After comparison allows you to view the effects of the calibration process that you have just undertaken.
A range of default images can be accessed to prove the effects of the profiling or you can load your own comparison images by accessing the ’Image’ drop-down menu.
The final step is to enable ‘Ambinet Light Monitoring’ – but only do this if you elected to use the ambient light features when you created the profile.
The benefit of enabling this feature is that automatic adjustments will be made based on how ambient light changes throughout the day within your working environment.
You can also ask the software to flag any recommended adjustments so that you can apply manually if you prefer.