Installing the Spyder5pro software
It is simple and classic. Nothing particular to say, so! When you click on the application icon, the language detection will be done automatically and the software will welcome you with a welcome message by displaying an online help link. It also tells you what you can do with your colorimeter. Click on the "Do not display this message again" check mark at the bottom left and click on OK!
Then, to continue the installation, the software needs to activate your version of the software and for that you need:
- Connect your sensor to a USB port,
- Take the serial number from the bottom of the box.
You can make a manual connection later but to continue installing the software, it absolutely needs a valid serial number right away.
At each launch, the software connects to check your license. (I don't try without an Internet connection). Then, you can start by going to the "preferences" side of the software (Spyder5Pro Menu / Preferences) to choose two or three interesting options:
1 - Sensor selection - If several calibration sensors are connected, the software will ask you to choose one. This is the new Spyder5.
2 - Calibration reminder choice - You can never choose either from one day to six months and I will admit that I sometimes do it only every six months!
My advice! A professional retoucher will obviously do it more often, even if your monitor is more than five years old because it can "break" quickly.
The rest... - Look for software updates - Why not? / Share your calibration data with Datacolor - For statistics / Note that the button "To calibrate a mini-laptop"e; enables to display very short menus that take a lot less space on the screen.
3 - Advanced settings - (to the attention of advanced users) -
Advanced settings will enable you to choose the level of Delta E warning hence synonymous of too important a gap with the norm.
My recommendation! Leave it at 3.0 because it is just a warning. If you set it below, except on a top-range monitor, there are risks it will start ringing soon!
Click on"ICC settings..."
My recommendation! Finally, the ICC setting should be left at its default value: ICC 2.0 version (The 4.0 version is still far from being a standard and causes real displaying issues, and that's still true in 2018! Those who are familiar with color management will choose V4) and Bradford Color Matching Mode, the most powerful.
1 - Welcome screen
Four most classic recommendations:
Warming of the monitor for at least 15 minutes;
Check the lighting conditions in your room;
Reset your monitor and place its color temperature on 6500 K AND choose a brightness level with which you are comfortable - Read below.
And plug the colorimeter!
The software even goes so far as to ask you to tick each step performed in order to click on the "Next" button.
Click on "Next"...
2 - Select the monitor you wish to calibrate...
In the drop-down menu, you select the screen you want to calibrate and the menu will automatically be placed on it unlike the old version, which is less practical on this point.
The software allows you to choose the screen to calibrate and the window will be placed on it automatically. Very practical!
Click on "Next"...
3 - Select the type of monitor you wish to calibrate...
The software then asks you if it is a desktop screen (so with possibilities of brightness/contrast/ etc...) or a portable monitor where only the brightness can be adjusted.
Nothing particular to say except that the software will dive into its monitor database in order to eventually offer you your monitor in the next window and therefore already know more about the "usual" correction curves for your monitor.
Click on "Next"...
4 - Identification of the controls available on the screen...
All you have to do is check the settings available for the monitor you want to calibrate.
My advice! With experience, I noticed that I was not a fan of the Color Temperature (CT) settings directly on the monitor. I prefer to choose the factory settings closest to my target value and the ICC profile will do the rest.
Click on "Next"...
5 - Choose the name of the monitor (to automatically name the ICC profile)...
By giving you the ability to choose the make and model of the monitor you are calibrating, the software knows what name it will automatically give to the ICC profile you are creating.
Tip! If, like me, you have at least two identical displays, it will be easy to add "_left" or "_right" to your monitor model, for example, so that you don't mix ICC profiles later.
6 - Advanced calibration settings
The software now allows you to choose what are called target values:
Target gamma: by default, choose 2.2 and adjust if necessary. Sometimes, it is better to choose 2.0 or 2.4 for a given monitor, often not of an outstanding level of quality. Choose Native if you're calibrating a graphic arts monitor and 2.4 for video use.
White point (or white point color temperature); 5000 K is often really too yellow and not warm with basic monitors, often set at 9300K by default. Try between 5800K and 6500K because it's still a bit of a matter of taste if you don't work in a "normal" environment.
Brightness: depends on your environment and whether you make prints.
My recommendation! In a dimly lit environment, choose 80/90 Cd/m2. For Web-only use, 120 or even 140 Cd/m2 are preferable. If you are in a brighter environment, you should adapt.
7 - Measurement of the light of the part and positioning of the colorimeter on the screen
The software now allows you to measure the ambient light in your room to help you choose the right brightness level for your display and the right color temperature. Very useful!
Then place the sensor in the indicated location!
And click on "Next"... and the calibration starts. The software will help you to set the brightness target value if you have ticked the option above: with the brightness buttons on your screen (+ -) adjust it according to the software indication. (The same can be done with TC and contrast if necessary. Don't worry if you don't need to adjust these other two options then.
Characterization goes on and lasts four-five minutes. When it is complete, click on "Finish".
8 - Name and save the ICC profile of your monitor
Once calibration and characterization is complete, name your ICC profile and choose the date of the next calibration reminder.
My advice! If you have several monitors, remember to identify them clearly by name and possibly note anything that may be interesting if you are doing tests. Here I specified for example that this was my right screen with Spyder5Express.
Click on "Save". The software then tells you where it has stored the ICC profile.
9 - Before/after comparison and analysis of the calibration
Once the characterization process is complete, your monitor is calibrated and the program allows you to compare the before and after states.