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Per Zangenberg
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« on: July 16, 2009, 09:52:07 AM »
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I got a Spyder3 Elite where I can input the wanted black and brightness values. I read someone stating 120 as the optimal brightness value, but it seems brighter than what I had before calibrating.

Can someone offer there experience with good value so the prints doent turn out too dark. This is using a properly calibrated printer or online printing service.
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2009, 11:05:37 AM »
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I got a Spyder3 Elite where I can input the wanted black and brightness values. I read someone stating 120 as the optimal brightness value, but it seems brighter than what I had before calibrating.

Can someone offer there experience with good value so the prints doent turn out too dark. This is using a properly calibrated printer or online printing service.

120 is sort of a generally accepted defacto standard for LCD displays and seems to work well for a majority of viewing situations.  Ideally, you will set the brightness to match levels of your viewing room.  The reality is unless you live in a cave or hang your prints on a wall that is lit by direct sunlight, anything in the 110 to 125 range is probably close enough.

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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2009, 11:35:16 AM »
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I got a Spyder3 Elite where I can input the wanted black and brightness values. I read someone stating 120 as the optimal brightness value, but it seems brighter than what I had before calibrating.

Can someone offer there experience with good value so the prints doent turn out too dark. This is using a properly calibrated printer or online printing service.

There's no magic number. The number that results in a match between the print you view under proper viewing conditions and the display is the right number. Same with White Point. In terms of cd/m2, might be 120, 130, 90, all based on the print viewing conditions. Since so many viewing conditions differ, there's no way to recommend the right value, YMMV.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2009, 06:25:28 AM »
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Thanks for the answers guys. I have now set it at 118 and will leave it there and see...
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