Luvi Silverberg
November 19, 2022

How to Calibrate Studio Monitors

Introduction

If you spend a lot of time working in front of a computer, you might not think about it much. But if you're spending all day looking at your monitor, it's worth taking care of it. You can keep your eyes healthy by keeping the resolution set high enough that text is always easy to read (at least 80 percent) and lowering the brightness on your screen so that the glare isn't too bright. Beyond those basics, there are some other things you can do—like calibrating your monitors—that will help ensure they look good while also saving them from damage over time (such as yellowing).

Calibrate your monitors.

Calibrate your monitor.

If you’re calibrating your studio monitors, use the colorimeter calibration utility to calibrate your display. This will give you a much more accurate representation of what they sound like in the room, rather than just listening on them by themselves (the latter is how I usually do it).

Use the colorimeter calibration utility to calibrate your display.

Once the colorimeter calibration utility is installed, you can calibrate your display.

  • Make sure that the colorimeter is connected to your computer and powered on.

  • Open the ColorMunki Display or Spyder4Elite software program on your computer to begin the process of calibrating your monitor(s).

  • Follow any on-screen instructions provided by these programs until they complete a full calibration cycle, which usually takes around 20–30 minutes per screen (this time will vary depending on factors such as ambient lighting conditions, screen age and initial brightness/contrast settings).

Check the color on the title bars of your computer for accuracy.

To check the color of your title bars, open up a program that you know has a white title bar. You can use any program that shows its name on the top of the screen, but I like using Word or Excel. The title bar is usually at the top of your monitor, so if you want to see where it is for yourself, just move your mouse to either side of your screen until you feel it bump into something. It's important to check both sides since some programs change their appearances depending on which side they're on and others don't have title bars at all (for example: Sketch).

Once you've found your title bar, look at its color and compare it with the color chart provided by our calibration guide (see below). If it doesn't match any of those colors exactly but is close enough that this isn't an issue for you in daily work life then congratulations! Your monitor is already calibrated correctly and there's no need for further action here today except maybe celebrating with some cake or cookies as reward for having done such good work today!

Check the color temperature of your display.

Before you begin, make sure the color temperature of your display is calibrated to 6500K. This can be done by using a piece of software like DisplayCAL or dispcalGUI.

Once this is set up, it's time to start calibrating!

Calibrate your monitor and make sure color is accurate, not just changing one thing completely

Do not just change one thing. Calibrate your monitor and make sure color is accurate, not just changing one thing completely. Check the color temperature, check the title bars, and check contrast. Make sure you’re calibrating your monitor properly by doing a comprehensive checkup on all aspects of what you’re trying to achieve with your final output product.

Conclusion

Calibrating your monitor is not a complicated process and can be done in just a few minutes. First, you'll need to download the colorimeter calibration utility from your graphics card manufacturer's website. Once downloaded, run the program and follow the on-screen instructions for calibrating your display. After that, check the color on title bars of software such as Photoshop or InDesign to make sure they match what you see on screen when you print them out too!