All images on this site has been optimized for viewing on a monitor showing millions of colours (24 bit) and which has been calibrated to a gamma of 1.8. It is best to view this site with the same settings.
If you don't know if your monitor has the right setting, you should try these 3 easy steps. Go on... it only takes about a minute and it will ensure that you see the images just as they were intended to be seen.
Please note, however, that this is a very rough calibration and that you should under no circumstances rely on it for print or press. Check out this article on photography and ColorSync at Apple's site for in-depth information on calibrating your system (Mac or PC).
1. Colour depth
The image below should look like a rainbow starting with magenta and ending with red. There should be a smooth transition from colour to colour with no banding and no little dots. If you see any of this, you are not displaying enough colours. Change your system settings to millions of colours (24 bit, recommended) or thousands of colours (16 bit).
||2. Contrast and brightness
Below you see some boxes. One should be absolutely black - nothing on your monitor should be darker than the black box. There is also a white box - nothing on your screen should be lighter than the white box . Adjust the contrast and brightness settings on your monitor to achieve this.
3. Gamma and colour balance
Now if both contrast and brightness levels are set correctly you should have pure black on the left side and pure white on the right side of the bar below. Be sure that only the first box appears 100% black and the second box displays as a dark grey. Similarly only the last box should appear 100% white and the next to last box should be a light grey.
The bar above should have boxes that go from black to grey to white. The final step is to adjust your colour balance to get a neutral grey without ANY colour cast.
You have now succesfully calibrated your monitor!