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Monitor Quick Check

Follow the instructions below to perform a quick check of your monitor's settings.


Make your screen wide enough to see both arrows on this line:

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The image below should appear as a rainbow starting and ending with red.
There should be a smooth transition from color to colour with no banding and no little dots.

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The following image is not a smooth transition. If you have only limited colours
( i.e. 16 levels of color) the above rainbow would look something like this:

16wedge.jpg

or like this

16.gif


Below are some boxes, one should be absolute black. Nothing on your monitor should be darker than the black box.

Look at the black border around your monitor. It should be as black as that box. And nothing should be lighter than the white box. The grey box and the white box should have no tint to them. No pink or blue in them.

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This is a 10 section step wedge to allow you to check that you have a full chromatic scale available on your monitor. You should be able and see the 10 separate tones going from an all white to a total black.

10wedge.jpg


Gamma (or contrast) is next. Step back from your monitor.
One of these numbered boxes is about the same shade as the surrounding.


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That's your "screen gamma." Most photographer's web pages are designed for 1.8 Gamma.
TV monitors are calibrated for 2.2 Gamma.

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