Lucyandgilda
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XPS15 Color Calibration

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I recently purchased an XPS15 for my photography business. This laptop was highly recommended for photo editing due to the high resolution screen and processing power.  However the screen colors are so over saturated that I am unable to use this laptop for photo editing.

Can someone please advise me how to calibrate the screen colors to commercial print standards. 

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laserman778
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RE: XPS15 Color Calibration

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You can right click on the desktop and in the menu click the Dell Premiere Color option. This will give you different preset options such as AdobeRGB, Vibrant (Full), sRGB, and many more. The default setting is vibrant which does produce the oversaturated colors you are seeing. Switching to AdobeRGB should provide you with the appropriate colors for photo editing. However note that the display has a more blue white than a natural white. 

If the AdobeRGB preset or other presets do not meet your needs you can open up the application completely and change color settings within that application.

-Brandon


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I, like others, am a forum member and not an employee of Dell

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Lucyandgilda
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RE: XPS15 Color Calibration

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Thank you. I found the setting and changed to AdobeRBG. I did this with an open photo image so that I could see the change. While I did see an increase in brightness, I did not see any change to the saturation so my images are still over saturated on the display. I also went through the Display Color Calibration workflow and while this enabled me to get to true white/grey it did not correct the over saturation.

Can you be more specific about what you mean when you said "change the color settings within the application"? 

 

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laserman778
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While in the program in the upper right hand corner there is an option to choose between Basic and Advanced mode. Changing to advanced mode will allow you to change the Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Black Level, and Color Temperature of the display. Those are the only settings within the application once you are in advanced mode.

-Brandon


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samos1111
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Windows color management is not the most intuitive. Wide-gamut panels such as the XPS UHD are great, but one needs to know how to use them.

Many windows programs are non-color-managed. It is assumed that a sRGB display is used. Viewing on a wide-gamut display, best use the sRGB profile of Dell PremierColor, otherwise the colors will look oversaturated.

In color-managed graphic programs, the AdobeRGB profile of DPC will make better use of the available display gamut. When exporting for the web, images may be saved & tagged for sRGB target gamut, and may be then proofed on display using the sRGB profile of DPC.

Oversaturated colors may also appear in CM programs with untagged or mistagged content.

Calibrating with the ColorMunki or such will produce more accurate colors than the generic AdobeRGB profile of DPC. DPC should be uninstalled when calibration is used, due to likely conflicts.

XPS FHD panel has a smaller color gamut, just about 100% sRGB, so does not require profile switching with DPC.

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laserman778
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RE: XPS15 Color Calibration

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You can right click on the desktop and in the menu click the Dell Premiere Color option. This will give you different preset options such as AdobeRGB, Vibrant (Full), sRGB, and many more. The default setting is vibrant which does produce the oversaturated colors you are seeing. Switching to AdobeRGB should provide you with the appropriate colors for photo editing. However note that the display has a more blue white than a natural white. 

If the AdobeRGB preset or other presets do not meet your needs you can open up the application completely and change color settings within that application.

-Brandon


Forum Member Since 2010
I, like others, am a forum member and not an employee of Dell

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Lucyandgilda
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RE: XPS15 Color Calibration

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Thank you. I found the setting and changed to AdobeRBG. I did this with an open photo image so that I could see the change. While I did see an increase in brightness, I did not see any change to the saturation so my images are still over saturated on the display. I also went through the Display Color Calibration workflow and while this enabled me to get to true white/grey it did not correct the over saturation.

Can you be more specific about what you mean when you said "change the color settings within the application"? 

 

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laserman778
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RE: XPS15 Color Calibration

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While in the program in the upper right hand corner there is an option to choose between Basic and Advanced mode. Changing to advanced mode will allow you to change the Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Black Level, and Color Temperature of the display. Those are the only settings within the application once you are in advanced mode.

-Brandon


Forum Member Since 2010
I, like others, am a forum member and not an employee of Dell

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Lucyandgilda
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RE: XPS15 Color Calibration

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Thank you. Yes, I see the advanced settings now. So, with the display set to AdobeRBG, my display is still over-saturated and I need to get the display to true AdobeRBG/commercial print calibration. I don't know what to modify to get this result. Can you tell me what settings I need to accomplish that? I know that many photographers use this laptop for editing so hopefully there is a known solution. Thanks for your help! 

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laserman778
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I'm not sure what the settings would be exactly. You could try the Intel Graphics control panel to see what it offers but I am not sure this display allows you to change the settings of each individual color.

-Brandon


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I, like others, am a forum member and not an employee of Dell

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Lucyandgilda
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RE: XPS15 Color Calibration

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Thanks for the suggestion.  I really don't want to change the colors because the RBG looks perfect. It is just grossly over saturated. 

I broke down and called Dell Technical support today which made me sorry I purchased a Dell computer. I was transferred 4 times, then put on hold in a queue where I waited patiently for 40 minutes until I was disconnected. ARG...

The XPS15 is rated equal to a Mac for photo editing so I know this high saturation can be corrected. No photographer could use it this way so surely someone knows how to calibrate the display. Today I'm wishing I purchased the Mac...

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Lucyandgilda
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Thanks for pointing me to the Intel HG Graphics Control Panel.  In the "advanced settings" tab there is a slider for saturation. I moved mine to -20 and I think I have pretty realistic colors now. I may adjust this to calibrate to my commercial printer after I've tested a few print jobs.

Thanks for your help!

josephcrisp
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I'm not sure if anyone correctly answered this, but if your looking to calibrate your screen I have a solution that could work with a multitude of devices to make sure your colors are accurate on all accounts. It's called colormunki solutions for calibrating cameras, display, and printers. You can check them out at colormunki.com. I hope this helps.

john925
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I have the same issue and have been searching the web for an answer.  JosephCrisp, you have half of the answer.

To the OP:, you need to use hardware calibration to accurately.calibrate your monitor.  Software only calibration just isn't accurate.  The ColorMunki products include hardware and software.  I've been using the ColorMunki Photo package for years on my desktop computer and it works very well.  Second, you'll need to uninstall the Dell PremiereColor software.  It will override any calibration you make using the ColorMunki package (or other brand of calibration hardware/software).  According to posts from people who have successfully calibrated their Dell laptop screen it is not possible to successfully use hardware calibration with the PremiereColor software installed.

There are a number of sites that describe color management and why it is important.  Here's one of them:

https://www.xrite.com/documents/literature/en/l11-176_guide_to_cm_en.pdf