Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Introduction to Calibration -- Including How to Calibrate Your Monitor and Printer


Thu, January 15, 2015, 7:00 PM


Capital One 360 Café


11175 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90025


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Parking is free in the secure lot beneath the building. Easy directions: Exit the 405 freeway at Santa Monica Blvd. Capitol One 360 Café is immediately east of the freeway on the north side of Santa Monica Blvd.




Meeting Topic: Introduction to Calibration including How to Calibrate Your Monitor and Printer


One of the blessings (and sometimes curses) of being a digital designer is that we have an innate drive to create beyond what we see and experience -- and to re-present our own unique vision to others in a way that THEY can see and experience. We want the visualization of what we see on our screen to match what the world sees -- whether it be on paper, on another screen or on one of a thousand digital devices.


While our technology does a great job of displaying what the ones and zeros that make up a digital file describe displaying a horse or an apple of the text of a book, the exact color of that apple might differ from the original ever so slightly if we are lucky or in a huge way if we aren’t. This is because despite beginning with the same digital file, the various devices don’t talk to one another in the same language. In order for the brown of the horse to be identical on two devices, we need a common language that both understand. That common language exists in the form of color profiles calibrated to a precise standard.


Technically any device can have a color profile, but at this meeting of the Los Angeles lnDesign User Group, Stephen Burns will focus on monitor and printer profiles and calibration. He will begin the presentation with an introduction to monitor calibration, including an explanation of the overall process, a description of the equipment used and the steps involved in the actual calibration procedure. This will take us into understanding profiles, how they work and how to apply them in lnDesign and sister applications Photoshop and Illustrator. Stephen will explain all the printer settings to get the two devices to speak the same language. Finally, Stephen will create paper profiles so that the two devices understand the characteristics of the media that is being used. Yes, a piece of paper can have a profile!


Once your system is calibrated, you can be confident that what you see on screen in lnDesign will express accurately your creation on paper. Stephen will be using Datacolor's Spyder Studio to share insight as to how this is all done.




About Stephen Burns


Stephen Burns is a digital artist, celebrated author and internationally-known trainer. An Adobe ACP (Adobe Community Professional) and Adobe freelancer, he is also the president of the San Diego Photoshop Users Group, currently the largest in the country.


Stephen holds the same passion for the digital medium as he has for the art of photography. His background began as a photographer 28 year ago and in time, progressed toward the digital medium. His artistic influences include the great abstractionists and the surrealists including Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Mark Tobey, and Lenore Fini, to name a few.


He has traveled internationally as a corporate instructor and lecturer in the application of digital art and design for the past 15 years. He has exhibited digital fine art around the world at galleries such as Durban Art Museum in South Africa, Citizens Gallery in Yokahama, Japan, and CECUT Museum of Mexico, among others. He captured first place in the prestigious Seybold International digital arts competition.


Stephen has written cover stories and features articles for Photoshop User Magazine as well as other publications. He is the author of Photoshop CS5 Trickery and FX, The Art of Poser and Photoshop, Advanced Photoshop CS4 Trickery and FX, Advanced Photoshop CS3 Trickery and FX, Advanced Photoshop CS2 Trickery and FX, and Photoshop CS Trickery and FX.


He teaches digital manipulation workshops online and privately. He is an instructor on Xtrain, Photoshop Café, Layers Magazine. He also appears as an instructor at Siggraph.






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7:10 p.m. - Presentation (with mid-presentation break)

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10:00 p.m. - Goodbyes




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