Adjusting the monitor display conditions

After the ambient light has been adjusted, the monitor can now be configured according to the altered lighting conditions. Use the ColorNavigator calibration software, which is included with every ColorEdge monitor, to perform simple, quick, and precise calibrations. If the monitor does not have an integrated measuring device, you will also need a sensor.

Almost all of these sensors are supplied with their own calibration software. However, we recommend that you only use ColorNavigator to calibrate your ColorEdge monitor.

If the monitor rendering and photo printout are to be compared visually, the white point and brightness of the monitor must be coordinated with the photograph paper, upon which it will ultimately be printed. Fasten the paper in a position, which allows a simple comparison with the monitor, and follow the instructions below to match the white point and brightness.

The white point, brightness, and gamma value are used for calibration in ColorNavigator.

Calibration points

[1] White point

As mentioned above, the white point of the monitor should be matched with the colour of the photo paper, upon which it will ultimately be printed, as well as possible.

Find out the colour temperature of the fluorescent bulb you are using (e.g. 5000 K) and enter this value in ColorNavigator. If the white on the monitor has a slight blue cast after calibration, reduce the colour temperature of the white point and repeat the calibration.

White photograph paper sheets can be directly measured using ColorNavigator. This enables precise calibration of the monitor white point and brightness, taking into account ambient light and the colour of the paper.

In some Eye-One range models, the ambient light can be measured. This function is also supported by ColorNavigator. If you wish to use the function, click [Measure the target] to measure the ambient light. The measured value with x-y coordinate values is determined for the target white point.

[2] Brightness

If the white point measurement described in paragraph [1] is performed, the brightness adjustment can be skipped. If not, the brightness adjustment is very important. With a typical monitor, the brightness of photo paper that is seen at night under artificial light is equivalent to a light density of 80 to 100 cd/sq m. Of course, this value depends on the number of fluorescent bulbs and their distance from the paper. First, try to calibrate to 80 cd/sq m. If the monitor seems brighter than the paper, reduce the brightness settings and repeat the calibration.

[3] Gamma value

Set the gamma value to 2.2, regardless of whether you are working with Windows or Mac OS.

Calibrating with ColorNavigator on Mac OS

(1) Start ColorNavigator. You can identify ColorNavigator by the butterfly symbol.


(2) Click on [Create a new target]

ColorNavigator step 1: "Create new target"

(3) Select [Measure a target]

ColorNavigator step 2: Measure a target

(4) Select your external measurement device under [Measurement device] to measure your paper. Please make sure that [Paper white] is set under [Target to be measured]. Place your sensor on a smooth, opaque surface and click [Initialize].

ColorNavigator step 3: Select a measuring device

[5] The menu for measuring paper white point and brightness is displayed. Place the paper around 25 cm from the sensor, as shown in the diagram, and measure the paper white point. Click [Measure] then [Next].

ColorNavigator step 4: Attach a sensor

(6) Confirm that the target values (brightness and x-y coordinates of the paper white point) will be entered automatically and click [Next].

ColorNavigator step 5: Confirm target values

[7] We recommend leaving [Monitor native] under gamut. A colour space emulation is only needed in special cases.

ColorNavigator step 6: Monitor Native gamut setting

(8) The measured values are entered into the next input screen. Please click [Next].

ColorNavigator step 7: Adopt measured values

(9) The [Set the target black level] check box should remain empty. Click [Next] (recommended).

ColorNavigator step 8: Set target black level

(10) Activate the [All RGB] check box, set the gamma value to 2.2, select [Standard] (recommended), and then click [Next].

ColorNavigator step 9: Configure the tone curve of the monitor

(11) Enter a name for the target or monitor profile and click [Finish].

ColorNavigator step 10: Assign the name of the monitor profile

(12) Place your sensor on a smooth, opaque surface and click [Initialize].

ColorNavigator step 11: Determine the measuring device

(13) Place the sensor on the monitor and click [Proceed]. Calibration will take place automatically.

ColorNavigator step 12: Adjust monitor
External sensor on the monitor

(14) When calibration is complete, the following window is displayed. Confirm the results of calibration and then click [Finish].

ColorNavigator step 13: Results of the calibration

(15) If paper measurement with the sensor used is not available, enter the target values manually (brightness, white point, gamma) and click [Next]. For general applications, we recommend setting the white point to 5000 K and brightness to approx. 80 cd/sq m. 

The ambient light has now been adjusted. The white point and brightness of the monitor have been coordinated to the white tone and brightness of the printing paper. To check that the colours match, you should display a white surface (such as an empty file folder). Drag the area to the size of the printing paper. Hold the printing paper alongside it and compare the colour impression.

Subject overview

Overview of how ambient light affects printed photos and how you should adjust the ambient light.

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Adjusting the monitor to the lighting conditions

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The correct configuration and display settings and the retouching software, as shown in Adobe Photoshop

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Configuring print settings with the printer driver or colour management system in Adobe Photoshop

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Instructions for configuring print settings with the printer driver or colour management system in Adobe Photoshop

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