Calibrating Your Monitor

While there will always be some sort of color variation from what your files looks like on screen to what they look like printed, calibrating your monitor gamma to an image printed by CatPrint can help reduce the color disparity.

Steps to Calibrate Your Monitor on a PC

1. Email support@catprint.com and request for a free calibration print to be mailed to you. You will receive the calibration print within 3-5 business days. Once you receive the calibration print, follow the steps below to complete your monitor calibration.

2. Download the image file to calibrate your monitor here.

3. Set your screen resolution to the highest resolution available.

4. Your monitor needs to be set to 24bit color or higher.

5. Let the monitor warm up for at least 15 minutes.

6. Be sure there is no glare or direct light on the screen.

7. Download QuickGamma for free at the QuickGamma Website.*Please be advised that CatPrint is not responsible for any content on external websites.*

8. Open the image file (from Step 2) and hold the calibration print( from Step 1) next to your screen.

9. Open up QuickGamma, and then adjust the monitor gamma until the file on screen closely resembles the calibration print.

10. Save the changes and exit QuickGamma.

Congratulations! You've calibrated your monitor!

Steps to Calibrate Your Monitor on a Mac

1. Email support@catprint.com and request for a free calibration print to be mailed to you. You will receive the calibration print within 3-5 business days. Once you receive the calibration print, follow the steps below to complete your monitor calibration.

2. Download the image file to calibrate your monitor here.

3. Set your screen resolution to the highest resolution available.

4. Your monitor needs to be set to 24bit color or higher.

5. Let the monitor warm up for at least 15 minutes.

6. Be sure there is no glare or direct light on the screen.

7. Open the image file (from Step 2) and hold the calibration print( from Step 1) next to your screen.

8. Mac's have calibration tools built in. Go to System Preferences > Display

9. Click on the Color tab.

10. Click the Calibrate button, which opens the Display Calibrator Assistant. This will walk you through calibrating your display, and then create a calibrated color profile. Adjust the monitor settings until the file on screen closely resembles the calibration print.

Congratulations! You've calibrated your monitor!

After your monitor is calibrated, the colors in your files should appear more true to how they will actually print on CatPrint’s machinery. We recommend doing this calibration at least once per month.

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