I don´t understand how monitor calibration works

Feb 10, 2020

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I´m about to get one of these screen calibration kit. The bundled calibration software will output an ICC profile file right? How can I make Lightroom use this profile?

 

I did read that Lightroom uses Adobe rgb for the library module and ProPhoto RGB for the develop module. I want the color profile for the monitor to be applied before the adobe rgb or ProPhoto RGB is applied. Or am I getting it wrong?

 

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I don´t understand how monitor calibration works

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I´m about to get one of these screen calibration kit. The bundled calibration software will output an ICC profile file right? How can I make Lightroom use this profile?

 

I did read that Lightroom uses Adobe rgb for the library module and ProPhoto RGB for the develop module. I want the color profile for the monitor to be applied before the adobe rgb or ProPhoto RGB is applied. Or am I getting it wrong?

 

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You are indeed getting it wrong. Color management does not work the way you described. But don't worry about it, Lightroom will automatically use the new monitor profile. There is nothing you need to do.


-- Johan W. Elzenga, http://www.johanfoto.com

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Thank you very much for your reply.

 

Is images shown correcly in just photo applications. I mean, will photos in windows and web browser be shown like before without the calibration being applied?

 

And how can I confirm that the calibration is applied in Lightroom?

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Lightroom is a color-managed application. It uses the monitor profile, period. There is no special way to confirm that because you do not need to confirm it.

 

Images will show correctly in every color-managed application. They may not show correctly in non-color managed applications, but that will also be the case if you do not calibrate and profile your monitor.


-- Johan W. Elzenga, http://www.johanfoto.com

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Oki thanks for your reply!

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To expand on Johan's answer, on windows very few native apps are color managed. You cannot trust the default browser, the photos app, etc to show you the right color. Only color managed apps will show the correct color. Those are things like Photoshop, Lightroom, and others. Firefox when the secret setting is enabled will color manage but internet explorer and Edge don't.

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Oki thank you 🙂

 

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