I am constantly hearing from users who want the color on their screen and the output device to match. After asking a few questions about their workflow, I find they’ve done very little to get them to match. The software used is important and the settings in that software are very important. Just as important is having an accurate profile for your monitor.
With most good monitors, you can get a profile from the manufacturer. Some of them are good, some are just plain awful. Even the good ones aren’t optimized for the lighting conditions where your computer sits. The Pantone Huey Pro is relatively inexpensive, very easy to use and will give you a good profile for your monitor and lighting conditions. It sells for around $75 and plugs in your USB port. Install the software and it will ask you to attach (via suction cups) the Huey Pro to a designated area on your monitor. From there various colors are displayed and measured. After a couple of minutes, it is done. Just put it in the included stand (as shown in photo) and you’re good to go. On the front of the Huey is a sensor that measures the light in your office. If you turn the lights on and off, the colors on your computer monitor will be adjusted to the new lighting conditions.
I’ve been using a Huey Pro for several years now and have been extremely pleased with the results!