How to Calibrate a Monitor
With an i1Display 2

Part 4 - Get cracking with Calibration Settings

If you haven’t already done so, install the Eye One Match software that came with the Colorimeter. 

Plug the Colorimeter into either a powered USB hub or straight into a USB port at the back of your PC.  Don't use un-powered hubs as they don't offer enough power to accurately run precision instruments. Similarly some front USB ports are under-powered making them unsuitable for a colorimeter.

Now start the Eye One Match application

As you progress through the steps in the calibration software the centre panel will tell you what is required and the help panel to the right will provide further information.

Select Advanced Calibration.

I always use the ‘Advanced’ mode.  It isn’t rocket science and the ‘Easy’ mode is not a complete calibration.

Click the right arrow to continue.

Advanced Mode

Select the type of monitor you are using. (I will assume that like me you have an LCD screen.)

Now set your calibration settings.

Assuming your primary goal is to prepare work for Fine Art printing, good starting settings are:
White Point:   6500 k
Gamma:         2.2
Luminance:    100 cd/m^2

Gamma 2.2 applies even if you are a MAC user (Why MAC and PC users should calibrate Monitors to Gamma 2.2).
A tuned luminance setting that is tailored for you and your working environment is important so I talk more about that later in the article but for now use these recommended settings.  At this stage do not tick the ‘Perform ambient light check’. I will cover this later also.

Calibration Settings

Position the Colorimeter

Attach the counter weight to the USB cable and lightly place the Colorimeter onto the centre of the screen, while hanging the weighted cable over the back of the monitor.  Do not use the suckers to hold the colorimeter in place as they are not required and there is a possible risk of damaging LCD panels when pulling the suckers free.  If you have a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) screen you can safely use them but there is no functional need.  Just tilt your screen backwards a bit to ensure there is contact between the colorimeter and the screen. Click the right arrow to continue.

Place Colorimeter