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    Default Mac Calibration Vs. Spyder 3 Pro

    I used to calibrate with my Spyder 3 Pro, but I got a Mac about a month ago or so. I used the Mac internal color calibration. I figured I was about due, and decided to use my Spyder 3 this time. I could not believe the HUGE difference that the Spyder was giving me when compared to the built-in color calibration. So now, I just don't know what to believe!! I re-did the Mac calibration and again, it reverted back to mostly on the very cool side of things. The Spyder calibration is erring on the side of very warm color profile (it very well be the correct profile, but what I am saying is that comparing the two, the Mac calibration looks extremely cool when compared to the Spyder calibration.)

    So..... help!


    This is with Spyder:

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    This is with the Mac calibration:

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    Can anyone help me out and tell me what their screen sees? The first edit is technically correct with the RGB % values, but when I switch it back to the Mac calibration, it looks wonky (and vice versa).

    So which looks "better" to you, skin tone wise?
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    I'm not calibrated, and no absolutely nothing about it, so I'm not sure that I'm going to be much help. On my uncalibrated screen, neither one of them look "right". The first one seems too magenta and almost purple. The second one seems a little too yellow/green.

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    Oh no! No, no actions. Just sliding the rulers until I get the percentages right on the first one.

    On the last one, I used the Mac calibration, but it looked wrong, so I adjusted it the way that it "looked right."

    That stinks. I wonder what to believe. I am afraid to post anything until I figure it out. All day, all the pro photog's photos on Facebook look off, too, so the calibration that I just re-did certainly didn't work, either. All their work is too yellow.

    Ugh! I need to figure out what I am doing incorrectly with the Spyder. I wonder if it's because my screen is matte now? I never had an issue with it on the PC.
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    I agree with Steph 100%. One looks magenta, the other looks yellow. That's got to be frustrating!

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    Okay, I just found a link that could help me maybe. I am going to try to use CMYK values and see if that helps, using the Spyder calibrated screen and see if that helps. Maybe RGB values are throwing me off. I will come back later tonight and see if this helps:

    SmugMug | How to get pleasing skin tone

    If it still looks weird after that, please let me know. Will post later. Going out for a couple of hours. Thanks!
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    I'm gonna say just post this over in CM. I'm sure you would get responses right away. Wish I could help!

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    I have a macbook pro and I have never once calibrated my computer. I figure the color I see is pretty good and close to realistic. Can you reset to factory setting on your mac? Do you have an iMac?
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    I also have a MacBook Pro, with the matte finish or whatever terminology they use for it. I did reset to the internal color calibration, and that was so incredibly cool that I was sliding my yellows over too far in order to get a decent skin tone (or so I thought).

    I am thinking that the Spyder must be the closest to what Steph and Tracy are seeing, because with the Spyder calibration that bottom edit definitely is YELLOW (but top edit looks pretty good, so I don't know what's wrong exactly.)

    Anyway, I just got home, so the re-edit using CMYK will have to wait until tomorrow. I really hope that it helps. I appreciate the input. And yeah, if that doesn't help, I will post over at CM, too.
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    Hard to say which calibration is more correct as your eye for color has a lot to do with the way you edit. To my eye (and photoshop CMYK percentages) the first one is way too red, the 2nd is too yellow and has a duller quality overall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmberBella View Post
    Hard to say which calibration is more correct as your eye for color has a lot to do with the way you edit. To my eye (and photoshop CMYK percentages) the first one is way too red, the 2nd is too yellow and has a duller quality overall.
    I agree with Amber. I am looking at your picture on my macbook - I also have a matte finish - never change factory setting or done any calibration.
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