We're often asked about starting points to use for defining calibration targets with hardware calibration systems like NEC's SpectraView2 (SV2) or Eizo ColorNavigator (CN).
So - here are some example targets, which are the ones we use here at Image Science and have found to work well. They should be considered starting points and you should feel free to further tweak the settings to get even better results for your particular scenario. For example, if you have very warm interior lights, you will get a better screen to print match with significantly lower (i.e. warmer) whitepoints than those mentioned below.
Gamma for still imaging work should always be 2.2 (unless you're doing something very unusual) - so I won't repeat it every time.
Where 'contrast ratio - maximum' is mentioned, this means set the whitepoint to the level as advised for that target, and then the black point to minimum (CN), or the contrast ratio control to maximum contrast (SV2).
With this target you're trying to get the monitor to look it's outright best, it's not so much about accuracy for a particular paper or anything - just sheer visual punch while keeping things looking natural.
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However, if you can't, then:
When editing content destined for standard TV viewing, you want to simulate the high brightness, high contrast approach of modern TV sets.
When editing content destined for modern UHD/4K TV sets, or mastering for cinema or higher end purposes:
- Matt O -
Thanks so much Jeremy. As always I’m very, very thankful for the advice you have given me over the years. Always impressed with your knowledge and ability to simplify it.