LCD Monitor Calibration

Monitor Calibration CIE Chart
Monitor Calibration CIE Chart

The ideal, recommended and indispensable solution for pros is calibration. A sensor measures the differences in a series of color patches on the screen and these are then adjusted through the creation of new table (LUT for Look Up Table).
There are actually two tables (LUT): One is in the screen (hardware) and the other LUT is that of your graphic card, and this is the one that is changed in calibration.

Here it’s a free LUT Manager

Ideal Settings

  • gamma level of 2.2 which is the default for computer monitors and is the standard for the Windows operating system and the Internet-standard sRGB color space.
  • colour temperature of 6500k (D65) which is the colour temperature of daylight.
  • luminance of 120 cd/m2
  • Colour Gamut – Represented by the CIE diagra, the larger the monitors gamut (represented by the triangle), the better.
  • Black Depth : 0.0 cd/m2 (truly black), but in practice it doesn’t reach this low on modern LCD screens.
  • DeltaE / Colour Accuracy:
    • If DeltaE >3, the color displayed is significantly different from the theoretical one, meaning that the difference will be perceptible to the viewer.

    • If DeltaE <2, LaCie considers the calibration a success; there remains a slight difference, but it is barely undetectable.
    • If DeltaE < 1, the color fidelity is excellent.

With the test images on the pages, you can easily adjust the settings of your monitor to get the best possible picture quality.

You can calibrate your monitor by adjusting the brightness, contrast, clock/phase, sharpness, and gamma settings of the monitor.

You can download the test or you can use it online

Is Your Monitor OK?
Take this quick test and find out

  1. if you can see the highlights OK
  2. if you can see the shadows OK
  3. if your contrast is right
  4. if your gamma level is 2.2

Here it’s a resource to detect your gamma level.

One last Calibration TEST for LCD here from

At TFT Central you can find another Calibration Guide

Download Calibration Profiles for your Monitor

LCD Manufacturers Calibration Profiles From A to G
Acer, AOC ,Apple, Asus, Belinea, BenQ, Chimei, Fujitsu-Siemens, Daewoo, Dell, Eizo

LCD Manufacturers Calibration Profiles From H to N
HannsG, HP, Hyundaï, Iiyama, Iolair, LaCie, Lenovo, LG, Mitsubishi, Nec

LCD Manufacturers Calibration Profiles From O to T
Philips, Samsung, Sensy

LCD Manufacturers Calibration Profiles From U to Z
ViewSonic, Yusmart, Zalman

On you can find how to install a calibration profile with Windows XP and Vista, or Mac OS or Linux 🙂

Now you can test your results with this test images from here


10 thoughts on “LCD Monitor Calibration”

  1. Where do I find a calibration profile for a VIA S3G Unichrome Pro IGP? It does not seem to be listed under the manufacturers above – or in other words I don’t know who the manufacturer is.

    Many thanks

      1. Thanks for the prompt reply

        When I go to Device Manager>Monitors>General I get
        Device Type: monitors
        Manufacturer: (standard monitor types)
        Location : on VIA/S3G Unichrome Pro IGP

        On the labels on the back of the monitor is written
        Proline and Pinnacle Micro
        I think they are local assemblers, so I don’t know who the original manufacturer would be.

        I am trying to find the correct calibration profile so that I can experiment with your suggestions in this blog (specifically the LUT manager)

  2. I use a M2. If you want to calibrate a display you really need to do it with hardware, you cant really do it by eye cause its too difficult to tell. it has to do with lighting etc. do some research

  3. Hi…nice post…

    Is this tips works for notebook LED monitor?

    I have problem with my ASUS N43SL-VX025V notebook…
    The picture looks unnatural, seems like redness & small blurred…
    I have no problem with my ACER notebook before…

    I really confused about this problem, especially for my pictures that i took with my lovely Nikon DSLR. What should i to do…? How…?

    Thank you…

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