Calibrate My Vizio TV for Photoshop?

Calibrate My Vizio TV for Photoshop?

Gregory Han
Feb 18, 2010

Q: I recently bought a Vizio 23" 1080p tv to use as a second monitor with my Macbook Pro. I love the extra resolution, and being able to switch it over to my PS2 or HDTV, but I am having quite a bit of problems correcting the color to match my Macbook Pro screen. It's been hard to use it for Photoshop and Apple Color. The Apple Color Utility didn't seem to help, as there was too many settings on the TV and also on Mac OSX with not enough suggestions from Apple. Any suggestions on getting it sync'd?

Sent by Ryan

Editor - It may be very likely you'll never be able to duplicate the color quality of your MacBook Pro, since LCD televisions are not manufactured for image/photo viewing and retouching duty (TV and film require a different gamut for optimal viewing). It's also worth noting that laptop screens aren't exactly ideal for Photoshop work for colour accuracy either, but they'll usually trump a LCD television when properly calibrated for correct brightness and contrast.

You can take a couple of steps to make the best of what you have using by calibrating the brightness and contrast of your TV set with something like the MonitorTest or the Lagom LCD monitor test page, followed up with a hardware calibrating device like the Colorvision Spyder3 Pro.

We suspect even with these steps you'll never be able to match your Vizio with your MacBook Pro's screen and advise picking up an affordable Dell with HDMI connectivity instead if Photoshop work is important and daily activity.

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