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Advanced display calibration for creative enthusiasts and professionals looking for an easy and convenient solution.
For Creative Perfectionists who desire professional quality coupled with an easy, wizard-driven interface, the i1Display Studio from X-Rite offers everything you need to get to a brilliantly-calibrated monitor, laptop, mobile device or projector. When all the devices in your workflow are profiled, you can focus on being more creative rather than wondering why the color in your images doesn’t match your final output. For Color Perfectionists seeking simplicity, the i1Display Studio delivers incredibly consistent color with zero stress, letting you stay more focused on doing what you love.
N.B. Our Take On This: Please be aware this cut down version of the industry standard i1Display Pro is considerably cheaper, but is NOT and WILL NEVER BE compatible with other calibration software, such as the direct hardware calibration systems from Eizo, BenQ, NEC etc. Whilst you pay less now, it's generally a better long term decision to go for the full version.
The color across all your digital display devices (desktop monitors, laptop, mobile devices and projector) will vary device to device and will even change over time. The brightness and stability of your monitor and your working environments all are factors when working with color. When you calibrate your displays to create a color profile, you will eliminate countless frustrating hours trying to figure out why your images don’t match across devices or why the image you sent out to a lab or printed yourself doesn’t match the image you spent hours perfecting.
The i1Display Studio from X-Rite is the Color Perfectionists choice for easily profiling all your display devices and getting consistent color across your favourite creative software applications.
i1Display Studio includes an i1 colorimeter and i1Studio software. The wizard-driven interface of the software walks you through the entire process and then reminds you when it’s time to re-profile your displays to maintain consistency. If only life or clients were always this easy.
Need to add color control for your printer?
Check out i1Studio, an all-in-one solution that profiles displays, printers, scanners and cameras. Both the i1Display Studio and the i1Studio use the same easy to use, wizard driven software.
X-Rite has been the leader in the color management field for decades with an unmatched commitment to helping Color Perfectionists achieve their creative visions with solutions for every experience level and every technical level. We believe in making the process easy. We also believe in giving you the fullest range of options based on your experience level and need. Color Perfectionists Unite.
Calibrating your displays is one of the most important steps to ensure that the images you care most about are color consistent across your various displays and printers. This allows you to edit and share your work with confidence and lets you spend more time focusing on the creative stuff rather than the frustrating time-wasting stuff.
Once you take the guesswork and frustration out of making sure the color you see on your display is the color you expect from your printer, you’ll save time and money and gain full creative control over your images. i1Display Studio uses advanced technologies to perfect the match between your display and printer.
Intelligent Iterative Profiling
An adaptive technology that produces optimized results for maximum color accuracy on each unique display every time you profile.
Measures and adjusts your display profile for reduced contrast ratios caused by flare light (or glare) falling on surface of display. By accurately measuring your effective display contrast ratio, you’ll have an even more accurate display profile.
X-Rite Ambient Light Measurement
Automatically determine the optimum display luminance for comparing prints to your display, based on a measurement of the lighting conditions where prints will be viewed.
Video Standards Support
NTSC, PAL SECAM, Rec. 709, Rec. 2020 and DCI-P3.
Extended User Controls
Custom control of white point, luminance, contrast ratio and gamma.
Multiple Monitor Profiling
Color match up to four separate displays for color accuracy across all your workflow.
Profile Validation and Reminder
View before and after results with included images or load your own, or use the 3D profile gamut viewer; set reminder intervals to re-profile your display.
Now, your projected presentations can look the same as your monitor. Build an accurate projector profile in just minutes – it’s as easy as building a monitor profile. The process takes all the room conditions into consideration – projected colors, screen color and room lighting – so you can be confident that your projected images are showing the way you intended.
Mobile Device Calibration:
Download the free ColorTRUE mobile app to calibrate your mobile devices for a true mobile to desktop color match of all your images.
Display Technology Support
LCD (CCFL Backlight)
LCD (LED Backlight)
Multiple Display Support?
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Calibrators come in two main types:
Colorimeters - can only read light emitting devices, like monitors. They are generally the best (and most affordable) option for calibration monitors. Essentially these are like simple digital cameras with a sensor and some filters in front of the sensor to separate the different colours of light.
Spectrophotometers - These measure the actual spectral wavelengths of light. They have their own light source so can handle both light emitting devices like monitors and reflective materials like paper. They're very good at print but not as good as colorimeters for monitors generally, as the commonly available models tend to have some difficulty reading deep shadows on monitors.
A third type 'Spectrocolorimeter' - is something Datacolor came up with in their print calibrators. We at Image Science are ...not huge fans.
Here's a more comprehensive overview of the different types of calibrators (paraphrased from the ColorSync mailing list!):
1) Radiometer is a sort of light meter for some assumed spectrum; could be any electro magnetic radiation (EMR). If it is used for photography it's literally called a Light Metre.
2) Spectrometer is a radiometer that can report spectral power distributions, e.g., the EMR contour of a spectra. This is classically about a prism, hot objects and the visible signatures of their elemental constituents. But also could be about any range of EMR.
3) Spectroradiometer - measurement of precise energy distributions across a spectra. This is about knowing not only the spectral distribution, but exactly how much power is being conveyed.
4) Spectrophotometer, is an application of a spectrometer for evaluating spectral power distribution in range of visual sensation. In domain of Colorsync Users, this tends to be optimised for reflective media, but such a distinction is application dependent.
5) Colorimeter, a device that reports tri-stimulus colorimetric (e.g, CIEXYZ) coordinates of spectra; optimised under an assumption of RGB emissive media, i.e. display technologies
These last two are applications most relate to colorimetry, whereas the former three apply to many other EMR domains. So if you're a physicist or chemist or radio engineer, for example, you are generally thinking in terms of first 3, and if you are a colour user/engineer you are thinking mostly in terms of the last two.
Calibrators have filters in them and depending on the characteristics of the displays they are measuring, they may or may not support that type of display.
The display types are:
What colour temperarture choices for white point does the system allow you to make?
At a minimum, 6500K and monitor native should be offered. 6500K is the standard whitepoint in general use in the photographic world, and lower end monitors don't like having their whitepoint adjusted so monitor native is the best to use in those cases.
However, ideally you can set any whitepoint you like, so that you can, for instance, adjust your monitor to look more like specific paper types.
What gammas can you choose when calibrating?
Pretty much everyone should be using 2.2.
Some might want to experiment with L* in some obscure cases.
How many patches are used (measured) in the calibration process? More (to a point) is better from a quality point of view, although it makes the process take longer of course.
200 to 400 patches is generally enough.
Also - can the calibrator target the reproduction of specific colours, such as specific Pantones?
Uniformity is still an issue with modern LCD monitors, especially lower quality ones. Does the calibrator have a system for assessing the screen uniformity?
(Unfortunately there's no system for correcting screen uniformity issues, other than getting a better monitor!)
Can you calibrate multiple monitors connected to the one computer?
Note, even if the calibarator supports this, your system must as well. This means all video cards in your system must have a separate LUT table.
All Macs have this, and most desktop PCs as well. Some PC laptops have single LUT systems although it's been some time since we've seen this actually.
ICC V2 is the most compatible and in fact for monitors there's really no practical benefit to ICC V4 support really.
In general, table based profiles are more accurate than matrix profiles, so this is desirable.
Devices with a monitor history report can show you how the behaviour of your screen is changing over time.
This can be useful in diagnosing issues and planning hardware upgrades.
Will the system give you a report on the quality of your monitor?
Measuring a monitor's quality with the same device you used to calibrate it is of dubious benefit, though - as any error is likely to be repeated, so the device might well report that things are fine when they are not.
Can you use the calibrator with an app on your Apple i device or Android device?
Note, this will allow you to display calibrated images within that app only - there is no general support for colour management on mobiles/tablets yet.
DisplayCAL is an open source application built on top of the excellent argyll cms open source colour management system.
It is available for Linux, Windows and OSX.
It's an extremely good calibration package, in many ways better than the manufacturer's own software, and well worth checking out - see this comprehensive page for details.
Often DisplayCAL can be used to rescue older calibrators when the manufacturer has stopped supporting legacy operating systems.
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