You may have noticed colors on your screen not being quite right while watching a movie or editing pictures. Some monitors are bright naturally whereas others carry saturated colors. This helps to set colors to meet a standard and makes everything look much better. This article will go through showing you how to calibrate your monitor for better colors in Windows 10/Windows 11, get ready to treat your eyes as they should!
(Guide) Calibrate Your Monitor for Photography and Gaming in Windows 10 or Windows 11
- Go to settings.
- Then display.
- Select the calibrate display color.
- After this follow steps to set gamma, contrast, brightness, and colors.
This can be done with the help of online tools as well.
Note: make sure to turn the monitor on for 30 minutes at least before adjusting it, this makes sure that it has warmed up and is displaying its normal colors and brightness.
- From the bottom left corner of the screen, click the magnifying glass icon.
- In the windows search bar type in “Calibrate display color”.
- After this click open, a new window shall open which says welcome to display color calibration.
Note: If you are using more than 1 monitor then be sure to drag the window to display you want to do this.
- Select next, to begin with, the process. Between each of the steps, you need to click next.
Note: Be sure to set our system monitor to factory settings at this point else better results won’t be displayed. To do this, use the button present on the front, side or back. If it lets you set the gamma then set it to 2.2 or as close as possible.
- You need to use a slider to adjust it. For this move it till dots in the middle of the image appears less visible. This shall change both the brightness and color of the screen.
Note: If you cannot make the center disappear completely then you do not need to worry. You can also use a gamma correction test image if you want a better way of testing.
Try to make as many numbers appear there on top and bottom bars as possible. You shall be able to see 6 numbers in every bar with better monitors whereas lower grade monitors shall show 4 numbers in each row.
Tip: If you are not able to adjust the slider then you need to change gamma settings by using the monitor’s control. While doing this keep both display settings windows and gamma correction image test open.
- You need to adjust brightness after this. For this use control buttons there on your monitor till you see the shirt and image in the picture but not too much that X stands out from the background. You would be able to see it but the wall behind it must not be washed out.
Note: Depending on what angle you are looking for, your screen shall look different. For some best results step back and look at your monitor from far away.
- After this, you need to adjust the contrast. For this use buttons on your monitor. You want to set a contract so that you can only see buttons and wrinkles on the shirt of the man. Keep in mind that the background of the image should not be bright white.
- Adjust colors after this. For this, you need to use sliders from the bottom of the windows till all bars get neutral gray. If this seems difficult then you can download an image of color bars and use it to see when colors are off.
- Click on “previous calibration and current calibration” to check to see whether you like the changes made. Doing this does not affect what you have done. You can always go back and change any settings. For this click arrow in the top left corner of the window.
- Click finish if you are satisfied with it, if not then click cancel and start all over again. If you want the best results then do the steps again. For best results go through the steps but backward this time. This is due to the fact that each step affects the next one thus changing order helps fine-tune calibration even more.
Note: To adjust the clarity of text, check the start ClearType Tuner. You shall be asked to do a quick test to calibrate text on careening.
3 Best Online Monitor Calibration Tools to use instead
Once you are done, there are tests that can be taken online to be sure that the monitor is showing you the best quality.
- W4zt screen color test: A website that shows some color gradients for comparisons, some grayscale boxes, and tests for screen gamma as well. This is quick to perform and is great.
- The Lagom LCD monitor test pages: This is a single-page version that shows you some tests for this purpose on one webpage. For this go-to site and perform tests yourself.
- Photo Friday: This is a photo-sharing site that comes in free but they also offer a free tool for this. The test is shorter than the ones mentioned above but you can use it to see whether you have the correct brightness and contrast for your screen.
In this guide, we have highlighted for you how you can calibrate your monitor in Windows 10/11 for better photography colors and gaming. I personally recommend you to do this as this also helps your eyes ease.