Let’s talk little bit about importance of monitor calibration. The simply way to describe is that your image that is displayed on your monitor needs to match the print-out from the printer. If your monitor is not properly calibrated your printed pictures will have different color tone. Be aware that your environment starting with your room lighting, the color of your walls and even your clothing can influence the monitor calibration.
They are two ways to calibrate your monitor, with your naked eye or with a hardware based equipment.
Monitor Calibration by Eye
Photoshop for Windows comes with a utility called “Adobe Gamma” that lets you calibrate your monitor. With Mac OS X there is a similar utility called ColorSync Utility. Both utilities use your eyes as their measuring instrument, which is better than nothing but not as good as hardware base calibration.
Hardware based Monitor calibration
Although calibrating your monitor by eye is better than doing no calibration at all, with a hardware-based color measuring device you will achieve much better results. There are few reasonably priced devices available from $80 to $260 for a complete kit. The entire initial process will take you about ten minutes. Once a good initial calibration is achieved, the next calibration will be much faster.