Colour management can be such a pain. You’ve got cameras and printers to profile, monitors to calibrate, all in an effort to reproduce accurate colour. To make sure that your camera sees colour the same way you do. And ensure that what ends up on paper is exactly what you see on your monitor.
X-Rite are making that a little easier today, though, announcing the new X-Rite i1Studio. It’s essentially two products. The first is a standard 24 patch colour reference target, used to create DNG camera profiles. Basically, half of the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport. The other is the new calibration & profiling device for monitors and printers (amongst others).
The i1Studio looks very much based on the X-Rite ColorMunki. In fact, existing ColorMunki owners even receive a free update for the new i1Studio calibration & profiling software. So, if you’ve already got a ColorMunki, head on over and download it.
Like the ColorMunki, the X-Rite i1Studio allows you to profile monitors and projectors. It also lets you create both RGB and CMYK printer profiles, as well as scanners. The i1Studio also works with Apple mobile devices, using ColorTRUE for iOS. Although the requirements seem a bit at odds. The X-Rite website says iOS7+ but the app download says iOS10+
With the inclusion of the 24 patch colour reference target, you can now quickly and easily profile cameras. too. The ColorChecker Passport has been absolutely invaluable to me. I shoot with 4 different Nikon bodies and occasionally a Canon or Sony. These 24 little swatches let me get all of those cameras to a consistent starting point so I can use the same post workflow on them all.
X-Rite are offering a trade in programme for the X-Rite i1Studio. If you have old monitor calibration device, even if it’s not made by X-Rite, you can save up to $50 on the purchase of an i1Studio. Perhaps it might finally be time for me to retire my i1 Display 2.