In a prior thread, a question was asked as to whether or not I had calibrated my monitor. As it turned out, that particular issue had nothing to with monitor calibration, but I did make a mental note for future reference.
Well now just over a day later, the future is here and I would like to learn more. I have four monitors on my main workstation and another one on my Asus laptop. One of the workstation’s monitors is a very nice Asus IPS screen that was factory calibrated. That screen’s colors are just a bit more brilliant and colorful than all the others, and is actually close to the Asus laptop’s color settings.
I would like to check all four screens, and the laptop too while I’m at it, and set them all to a consistent and correct color.
After that, I would like to check and correct two flat-panel TV screens I have in my house. Why not fix ‘em all, right?
1. Where can I learn more about the basics of color correction?
2. How can I ensure that my monitors more closely represent…
... a. colors as represented on web pages or web galleries?
... b. colors that my printer produces?
3. There are a number of color correction tools and software available. Are there any good-to-great tools available for under $100 USD? For Under $50?
A. I run Windows 8 Pro 64 bit on all of my systems.
B. I may be getting a MacBook Pro with Retina sometime in the next year; so ideally whatever I get should also work with Mac.
C. I also have an iPad 3 and iPhone 5, both with Retina display. Maybe with apps they could be used as tools for adjusting my monitors?
D. My TV sets are older flat panels; one is a Sharp that I bought in 2004, and the other is a Westinghouse that I believe I bought in 2001 or 2002. I don’t yet know what capacity they have for being adjusted or if it’s even worth the bother.
E. In addition to 3D art and animation, I also do photography and I want to do video editing. I think it’s time I started seeing things more clearly in my software!