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Calibration and Profiling

Calibration and Profiling

Looking for accurate color? Meet our i1 Family!

With today’s complex cross-media campaigns, accurate profiling is even more important for managing customer expectations across the color supply chain. Our i1Pro 2 solutions help photographers, videographers, prepress and digital printers create profiles for the best color on monitors, scanners, projectors, printers, and online web-to-print submission tools.

But with so many to choose from, how do you know which is the right tool for your color workflow?

Whether you’re looking to add a new component to your existing workflow or ready to convert to a complete i1 solution, today’s blog can help. We’ll explain the different components of a color-managed workflow, why each is important, and the i1 solutions that can help at each stage.

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Calibration and Profiling, Case Studies, Ink

inkk: Nail Polish Color, As You Imagined It

When you walk into a salon for a manicure or visit your favorite beauty products store, are you overwhelmed by the number of nail polish colors to choose from, but can’t actually find the color you want? This is a problem Ashley Morgan set out to solve.

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Morgan, who has a fine arts degree, has spent the last 15 years designing video games. She’s both creative and tech savvy. “I’m a nail polish advocate, and I don’t mind spending the time choosing a nail polish color,” she says. “But the available colors don’t really mean anything to me. I had the idea that people should be able to not only create their own nail polish colors but give them a meaningful name. But how to go about it?” Continue Reading

Calibration and Profiling

How to Calibrate your Monitor in 10 Steps

How much time, paper, and ink do you waste re-printing images because the color isn’t right? Before you blame your printer, consider your monitor. When you work on an un-calibrated monitor, you can’t trust the colors you see on-screen, making it hard to make good editing decisions.

Luckily, monitor calibration is a breeze with i1Profiler software. Wizard-based, it walks you through every step in the profiling process. Basic and advanced modes allow you to modify your settings based on your calibration needs. i1Profiler comes with our very affordable i1Display Pro colorimeter and all of our professional spectrophotometers.

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Ready to trust your on-screen colors? Here are the ten simple steps you need to follow to calibrate your monitor or laptop display.

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Calibration and Profiling, Print

End Your Print Rework Cycle with Softproofing

Softproofing – the ability to simulate how an image will appear in print right from your monitor – can save a lot of time and effort in your printing workflow. Although many photographers already rely on it, anyone who designs, approves, prepares or prints brand and color-critical images can also benefit.

Here’s why.

A typical color workflow includes a lot of editing, proofing, rework, and approvals. Even then, what comes off the printer is often a disappointment. If you’re working from a monitor that is displaying the wrong color, it’s impossible to make good design and editing decisions.

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With softproofing, designers can create with actual specified colors (no more trial and error!), project owners can approve layouts without physical proofs (predictable color!), and printers know exactly what’s expected of them when they receive a job (no surprises!).

Today we’ll explain how to set up softproofing…

  1. Ensure your monitor can produce accurate colors,
  2. Calibrate to optimized settings,
  3. Create an ICC profile, and
  4. Convert the display so all of your applications are using the profile

…Plus share tips to help you get the most from your calibrated and profiled display.

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Calibration and Profiling

i1iSis 2 wins Printing News Readers’ Choice Award!

top-products-logo-2016Each year Printing News asks their readers which new products made the most difference in their productivity. We’re excited to announce that our very own i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL are among the winners!

These two automated chart readers are the latest members of the popular i1iSis solutions family for pre-press, pre-media, photo, and pressroom color management and profiling.

i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL

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Calibration and Profiling

X-Rite Color Detective: Mystery of the Off-Color Print

We’ve all done it. Snapped a picture on a digital camera or smart phone, sent it to the computer, made a few adjustments, then sent it off to print…. only to be disappointed.

The sky looks green. Grandma’s hair is purple. The contrast is so far off you can’t even see that cute little puppy. Stupid camera.

mismatched-color-managementThe struggle is real for so many people, from hobbyist to professional photographers, graphic designers, and professional printers. Let’s look into this all-too-common mystery of the off-color print.

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Calibration and Profiling, Color Communication, Ink, Print

What is Closed-Loop Color Control?

Color 2015 was a huge success for connecting the dots, breaking down silos, and learning how to gain control of an integrated color management workflow. Taking place in Phoenix, Arizona December 5-8, it offered more than 40 in-depth sessions including Brand & Design, Print & Production, Standards & Business, and Vendor/Product Demonstrations.

Ray Cheydleur, Global OEM Technical Manager at X-Rite, was there to share tips and advice for keeping up with color. We caught up with him during the show to ask a few questions about closed-loop color control.

Ray at CMC 2015

Here’s what he had to say.

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Calibration and Profiling, Print

Benefits of Automated Chart Reading

Color management has caused an explosion of opportunities for new and interesting inks and a variety of paper and substrates. Color profiles help ensure that you can maintain accurate color when running jobs with these new applications, but measuring test charts to create these profiles can be difficult to manage in a high-volume production environment.

Automated chart readers take on the burden of measuring all of those test charts, which can have hundreds – even thousands – of patches. Not only do they remove user error from the equation, they allow the operator to work on other tasks while the chart reader is busy at work. They’re consistent and reliable, and make it faster and easier to meet the creative demands of your customers.

Today we’ll look at some of the options for implementing automation into your color-managed prepress workflow.

xrite i1iO automated chart reader

The i1iO can make quick work of this stack of test charts.

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