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The LED backlit panel of the Cintiq 24HD Touch is a wide gamut display capable of displaying 97% of Adobe RGB color space, which makes it capable of working in a pro-color managed working environment. If you are going to use the Cintiq in a color-managed workflow, then you'll need to color calibrate the display to ensure color accuracy between it, other color managed displays, and printed output. This is accomplished with the Wacom Color Calibration Software, included on the Cintiq Software CD that comes with the Cintiq.
There are many display sensors that are supported. We're using the MonacoOptix XR. So, I've got an image on here and it looks nice and colorful, but I have no idea at this point if these are the correct colors, because currently the Cintiq is not set up to be color management, so we're going to go through that process. Now, the first thing we're going to do is step over to the side here, and on the left upper edge, there is a USB port, so I'm going to plug my color calibrator into there.
Now that it's in there, when we launch the software, it will know that it is actually part of the process. So, let's put it up here and start that process. I've got the color calibration software over here on my second monitor, i'll click it, and it's telling me it's detected the MonacoOptix, it's ready to calibrate. So, what we get here is, it's telling me the Cintiq is not calibrated, so we're going to say OK. And it just gives us a few facts about the particular calibration we're going to do to it.
You do get some options here so if you have some specific settings you want, you can choose among these. I'm going to be doing photo editing so I'm just going to leave it there, and we'll go ahead and say Calibrate, and you may get a warning or two, just go ahead and say OK to that. And now, it's telling me, Place the calibration sensor on the flat surface and it wants it to be right here so let's set that up, and then down in the lower left corner here we'll hit Continue, and now the Calibration Process will begin.
So, if you're interested in watching it, you can, it's just going to present a number of color targets that will be read by the MonacoOptix in this case, and use those to build the profile. Normally, calibration takes about five minutes or so. Once you're finished, you can go ahead and remove your Color Calibrator, and what you will see is a Read-Out of essentially what the calibrator determined was the proper calibration. Once that's done, you're free to go ahead and close up the calibration software You'll still have this on here to let you know it's been calibrated, you can see right here, Calibrated. And normally, it tells you and will give you a warning in advance when 14 days is up so that you will be reminded to go through this process again. And basically, that's it.
Color calibration of the Cintiq is crucial for accuracy in a color-managed workflow. If this isn't a requirement for you, or you don't have color measuring hardware, then you can alternatively use its supplied factory calibration profile.
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