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That opens up a world of possibilities for the color nerds like myself. For example, with DisplayCAL it is possible to create 100% custom monitor corrections for each monitor model using a spectrophotometer. And those corrections can be shared with or downloaded from other users with the same display.
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The Calibrite ColorChecker Studio model, without the "Display" in the name, is a spectrophotometer that can also calibrate printers. It uses the same ccStudio software but unlocks the printer profiling section in it. Formerly known as i1Studio and Colormunki Photo.
If your measurement device is a i1 Display 2, i1 Display Pro, ColorMunki Display, DTP94, Spyder2/3/4/5, you'll want to import the colorimeter corrections that are part of the vendor software packages, which can be used to better match the instrument to a particular type of display. Note: The full range of measurement modes for the Spyder4/5 are also only available if they are imported from the Spyder4/5 software.
Normally a delay of 200 msec is allowed between changing a patch color in software, and that change appearing in the displayed color itself. For some instuments (i.e. i1 Display Pro, ColorMunki Display, i1 Pro, ColorMunki Design/Photo/i1Studio, Klein K10-A) ArgyllCMS will automatically measure and set an appropriate update delay during instrument calibration. In rare situations this delay may not be sufficient (ie. some TV's with extensive image processing features turned on), and a larger delay can be set here.
The wiser advice is to return or resell that poor performer colorimeter and get an accurate one: X-Rite i1Display Pro (since color Munki display is locked to do not work with hardware calibration software like DUCCS from Dell... or the ones from NEC or Eizo). In Europe it has the same price than Spyder4 Elite and is SO SUPERIOR in performance, accuracy and speed that there is no rational argument to buy any Spyder colorimeter.
One additional thing that the Photo ColorPicker software can do is it can take an image and pull color swatches from that image. From there, you can view complimentary colors or create color swatches based on specific colors. This could be helpful with choosing a photo mat or frame color.
The X-Rite i1Display Pro, ColorMunki Display, NEC SpectraSensor Pro and Eizo (DataColor) EX1 are all current wide gamut colorimeters NOT spectrophotometers. The purpose of this article is to demystify a lot of confusion about display calibration devices on the market and educate you on some new models to let you know which display calibration device is right for you.
What this means is that they are designed to calibrate your display against a series of colors swatches for which the display calibration software used knows exactly what value the sensor should read for each swatch.
The NEC SpectraSensor Pro is a colorimeter built by X-Rite specifically for NEC to calibrate wide gamut displays built by NEC using its proprietary SpectraView II software. The Eizo EX1 is a colorimeter built by DataColor specifically to calibrate Eizo displays using its EasyPIX software. They both can be used with their corresponding software to program the LUT of supported displays and therefore are offered as bundle when buying Eizo and NEC displays.
These colorimeters are just fine as they have been developed and tested under the supervision of the display maker to ensure they are able to program the monitors LUT using their proprietary software.
A spectrophotometer can be used to create paper profiles which is the process where you print out color swatches of known RGB values it and then measure the colors using a spectrophotometer to compare what color actually gets printed. The operating system, the printer, the inks and paper you use all combine to contaminate the color that ultimately ends up on the paper, so a printer paper profile used in conjunction with a display color profile (or calibrated LUT) is critical to get the colors you see on your screen to look the same way on the paper that comes out of your printer.
This is a tricky process due to all of the variables that come into play, which is why X-Rite created a great product called the ColorMunki PHOTO (which is a spectrophotometer, NOT a colorimeter like the ColorMunki Display (discussed later in this article) along with its proprietary software to make this whole process work smoothly. I talk about this in my color management article, but know that currently this is the most easy to use and accurate method for getting your prints to look like what you see on your display (excluding the limitations of your display).
Now before you go out and get a spectrophotometer besides the ColorMunki PHOTO, be aware that you will invest thousands of dollars and lots of time so mere mortals are going to find their money best spent on a product like ColorByte ImagePrint (new version 9 is awesome) that just has all the profiles you need available on demand so you are back to only needing a colorimeter to calibrate your display.
Hi RonI have an NEC LCD3090 (LCD3090WQXi to be exact) that I have calibrated successfully with the matched Spectraview II colour sensor that was bundled with the Spectraview II software.But now, after installing OS X Lion, and upgrading to the latest Spectraview software (compatible with Lion), any installation of the Spectraview software results in a nasty red cast to all skin tones.I can also see a pink tinge to the Apple grey screen when the computer starts up.I've deleted and reinstalled the software and tracked down and deleted as many invisible files as I can find.I've also rest the display to factory presets (and then repeated the uninstall, reinstall process).But nothing gets rid of the red cast.I should note that I'm looking at photos that looked and printed fine under the old calibration profile, and that returning to the old profile did not make the problem go away.Any thoughts?I've seen other posts of this happening to other people.CheersTom
Anonymous said...I was told that it is not wise to edit on macbook pro because even if screen calibrated colors will be wrongWell that's a rather broad generalization that isn't entirely accurate. The reality is that it's true that MacBook Pros (pre-retina) have visually pleasing color, but not necessarily 100% accurate color. The lack of controls to work with the calibration software makes them impossible to calibrate for true accuracy (which is true of most inexpensive displays for all OS platforms). With this in mind, they aren't a suitable platform for work where color accuracy is critical. With that disclaimer you have lots of options though:1. You can do all of your non-color critical work just fine on your MBP (i.e., cloning, healing, cropping, etc...)2. You can get an external display like a NEC PA series and connect it to your MBP and do the color critical work on the external display (which is what I do when using my MBP)3. Not all work has to be color perfect. If the output is to your Facebook wall, personal photos for friends and family, etc... do you really need 100% color accuracy? No. Sometimes close enough is sufficient especially since online everyone's displays vary drastically from color perfect to horrifically uncalibrated, so even a color perfect file will look horrible on many displays (and displays include cell phones, projectors, etc...)With that said, when color is important - and it certainly is if your output is a file you've worked hard on in Photoshop or Lightroom and you wish to print it, then color calibration is a must. Otherwise you end up with the very common problem that what you see on your screen is nothing like what comes out of the printer. When both your display and printer can correctly render the color data in your files, then life is a much happier place! What's more, when you are in that scenario typically the images that you share with the world online will look as good as they possibly can within the limitations of the color accuracy of their displays.
Hi Ron, Thank you for a very informative article. It was a very interesting read ( even the geeky stuff ). My question comes from a non-professional perspective. Photography for me is a hobby, I just built a new comp. and I'm looking at displays and calibration equip. I can't justify a big $$ monitor, the only monitor with a wide gamut display I could afford is the Dell U2410, but, there are mixed opinions out there whether or not an amatuer without a good working knowledge of color spaces and gamma curves should even have a wide gamut monitor or could even use it properly so I'm also looking at the Dell U2412M. My question is would a U2412M even benefit from a calibration device ? I realize the "anyone" can say anything in these forums and the people that say don't buy a wide gamut display if you don't have a phd might not even be able to tie their own shoes ( j/k ), but, it does make me think. The cost difference is negligable (sp?) right now between those two monitors. I mainly do cad/cam work so I have a Quadro 4000 in my machine, but I don't even own photoshop or lightroom, I use the Canon DPP software that came with my camera. I send everything out for printing, but I am "picky" and I do want my colors as correct as possible. So, what do you think about non professionals and wide gamut ? and do you think a U2412M would benefit from a calibration device ?Again, thank you for the article and any advice you might offer.regards,mike 350c69d7ab