If you’re doing your own color correcting and quality control, your monitor and viewing area need to be calibrated to our printing results. However, since full color and density correction is available as part of our print service, you don’t necessarily need a match – that’s a personal preference.
For easy calibration, we recommend using X-Rite i1Display Pro.
i1Display Pro is a display profiling and calibration system that combines a state-of-the-art colorimeter with powerful and easy-to-use software that provides outstanding results with both LCD and CRT displays. We suggest using the EASY method of installation.
Keep your monitor where you can view it comfortably, consistently, and without ambient light interference. The time of day and amount of sunlight should not be able to affect your screen viewing – protect your area from that. Also, warm up your monitor for at least 20 minutes. Both CRT and LCD screens become noticeably more consistent after 20 to 30 minutes warm up and settling in time.
Be realistic about the fact that a photographic print and a monitor are two different animals, and will always exhibit some inherent differences. So, keep your monitor in line, but don’t chase it incessantly.