Like many others, I have my monitor profiled to 6500k and a 2.2 gamma even though I’m on a Mac. Recently I bought a dimmable GTI light box and had it lamped for 6500k reflective rather than 5000k (yes, I’m in the U.S.).
After doing a reflective flatbed scan of an image, applying the appropriate profile when opening it in PSCS, and making a proof on my HP130 DesignJet, I put the original art and my inkjet proof side-by-side on the lightbox for comparison to my monitor. I had previously dimmed the lightbox to 60% intensity to roughly eyeball match the whites of my monitor and, the “three-way match” (original/hard proof/soft proof) was nothing short of awesome.
With this kind of monitor-to-proof-to-original art on a lightbox match, I wonder why more people don’t go with 6500k bulbs if they’re already profiling their monitors at 6500k other than 5000k being the U.S. standard for so long?
Has anyone else tried this with any success?
My setup: Mac G5, OS10.3.7, dual monitors (1 CRT, 1 LCD), PSCS, GMB Eye-One, Monaco Profiler Gold 4.7, SoftView lightbox