Monitor test to check calibration
The monitor test is a reference image printed by our laboratories. Once you receive the print, all you need to do is download the reference image and compare it with the one on the screen. If needed, adjust the calibration parameters of the monitor until brightness and colours are as close as possible to those on the printed image. This small but important test makes it possible to ensure that the brightness of the monitor is set to acceptable values. It must be noted that the brightness values of 98% of monitors are far too high and cannot be reproduced by any paper medium.
The test is available at the nominal price of €1 + shipping (€6.90 by post, €8.30 by courier) and printed on 200gsm uncoated paper.
The monitor test is a subjective test that detects strong differences in brightness and some colour errors.
For more accurate tests we recommend the purchase of colorimeters or spectrophotometers (the best known can be found at www.xritephoto.com and www.datacolor.com), which can automatically calibrate and profile your monitor, achieving excellent results both with control of the white point and brightness, and with the contrast and colour gamut ratio.
Colour settings and management
sRGB is the reference profile for all the prints in our laboratory. The sRGB colour profile must be used as workspace in all the applications that allow it (Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, etc.) for a perfect match between (calibrated) monitor view and print. RGB is often thought of as a definitive and unique colour number. However, there is a great variety of RGBs currently available in the digital world.
Although all the RGB types use the same numbering system (0-255), each type uses the numbers in a different way, so that the same series of numbers can actually mean different colours. Each type of RGB (sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB, etc.) involves a gamut of colours which determine its space colour. sRGB and Adobe RGB are undoubtedly the most popular colour spaces.
sRGB is the most common space colour and the default setting on the digital cameras of most consumers and prosumers. Adobe RGB is often used in commercial photography and is the space preferred by photographers using files in RAW format.
Adobe RGB is the largest of the two colour spaces and has more richly saturated colours.