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Profiling Monitors with ColorSync

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ColorSync 2.5 and later allows you to calibrate and profile your monitor by eye, with no special tools, and for free. This is not as accurate as calibrating and profiling using a colorimeter but it is considerably better than no profile at all. In fact, Performing this "by eye" can take into consideration ambient lighting conditions which hardware-based methods often do not.

To get started:

  • Go to Apple's ColorSync website and download the latest version of ColorSync
  • Install it
  • Go to your "Monitors and Sound" control panel and click on the "Color" button.
  • Click on the "Calibrate" button and follow the calibration and profiling guide.

At the end of the process, name and save your profile into the "ColorSync Profiles" folder in your "System Folder" and you"re done. Or perhaps more correctly, you"ve just begun.