How to Calibrate Your Monitor

There is a wide range of variance from one computer monitor to another, and this can be quite perplexing. The images on this web site look good on my monitor (though they can never do the paintings justice) but they might look very bad and unlike the paintings when viewed on a monitor that's calibrated differently. If they do not look good to you on your monitor, I hope you'll adjust it until they do look good, rather than judge them harshly based on what they look like on your monitor. It is well to reserve judgment on paintings we have not seen with our own eyes directly, because the fault might well lie with the reproductions rather than the paintings themselves.

The tips below should prove helpful to some people, at least.

The scale below should read as eleven gradations of gray, plus #1 being black. If it is not, adjust the brightness and/or contrast on your monitor until each
numbered rectangle is distinguishable from the one(s) adjacent to it.


The square below is a test of your monitor's gamma adjustment. At a distance of eight feet, the smooth patch should appear neither lighter nor darker than the background around it if the gamma level is properly adjusted.

Gamma adjustment patch