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Updated 21DEC2005
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Monitor Calibration
Seeing as we are looking at blueprints. Lets make sure the straight lines are in deed straight.

I have accumulated several images to aid in adjusting my monitor's brightness/contrast/pin/bow/liner/wave/etc adjustments. In here are GRIDS, Color and B&W scale-tiles, and other useful images for adjusting your monitor. Right-click the images, and save as (bitmap)BMP in your "windows" directory. Then right-click your desktop and set the images as tiled desktops.
Main Menu


Meet the computers

About Me



The Grid

Above is what this picture should look like tiled on your desktop (From edge to edge of your screen), Below is a single tile element.

This is a basic test grid, the vertical and horizontal lines are 10 pixels apart. This should look like precision graph paper. the lines should be straight and evenly spaced.

I use this screen to adjust the "geometry", size and shape of my screen's settings. Yes I do take a ruler to the screen to make sure the lines are straight and evenly spaced, from edge to edge.
As one might notice, the background of this sight is a dot every 10 pixels. the actual picture is only 10x10 pixels, with a single dot in the lower right corner. I originally did this for page load times, and still like the look. There is no guarantee that browsers don't resize the picture and or add spaces between the tiled picture. So I would advise against simply using a full screen view of any of my pages to calibrate your monitor. Case and point, the "meet the computers" link in my menu is supposed to be on one line. some people are hard at seeing, and need to change the text size in there browser, which has adverse affects on page layouts.

Word of advice for those not mechanically inclined,
 Use an ALL PLASTIC ruler.
The edge of the mettle rulers, and the wooden rulers with the mettle edge, have a tendency to scrape the anti glare coating on most monitors, and will destroy a flat panel display before you can blink.

Not that any one can adjust a flat panel's geometry. We don't want to destroy our $1500 22inch monitors.

The Color-Scale

Above is what this pic should look like tiled on your desktop (From edge to edge of your screen), Below is a single tile element.

This is a little complicated, So I'll try to explain it. There are 256 shades of each color in 24bit mode (Paintbrush). This pattern is for Hue and Saturation, not brightness/Contrast. Adjust the individual color settings to get the scales to all look the same brightness, top to bottom. If the blue looks darker then the red and green, then the blue needs to be adjusted to match the read and green. Also there should be 1 (just one) pixel of black between all of the colored squares. If the blue looks like it is a little to the lift of the red and green, it is and needs to be adjusted likewise.

The colors from top to bottom are; White, Red, Green, Blue, White, Yellow, Cyan, Magenta. This is my second test, to get all the colors consistent with each other.

The Gray-Scale

Above is what this pic should look like tiled on your desktop (From edge to edge of your screen), Below is a single tile element.

Your basic gray scale. This is what should be used to adjust the Brightness and Contrast. This scale should appear to gradually change from black (100%), to white (0%).
Contrast should make the; black darker or lighter, and the white brighter or dimmer, at the same time. Brightness should make the whole scale brighter or dimmer.

For those without a "save as bitmap" option. the BMP files, not shortly enough.
Save the targets. AKA links lead to the BMP's. Like "Save target as".

The Grid
approx 7.47kB

The Color Scale
approx 57.12kB

Gray Scale
Gray Scale
Gray Scale

The Grid
approx 8.38kB

Now How dose the monitor look, under the current lighting where you are at?
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