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Monitor Calibration Tests

Monitor Grayscale Test Image

The image below is useful for evaluating your overall monitor calibration. The first check, obviously, is of overall neutrality. Some monitor calibration systems do a better job at this than than others. The second check is a subjective evaluation of how well your calibration gamma matches with your monitor's native performance. The ideal is smooth gradients from black to white with no banding. A top-notch monitor that is well calibrated can produce this. Most, however, show some level of banding. By matching your calibration gamma value to your monitor, you can significantly reduce banding. This is a good thing for digital image editing, as it allows you to distinguish image flaws from calibration artifacts.

Notes:

Neutrality:

Banding/Monitor Gamma:

 

Monitor Gamma Test Image

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