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Colour management – Leicester, UK

Making colour work for you

Based in Leicester, we can provide you with independent colour management advice in conjunction with our training activities

We work in Leicestershire, the UK East Midlands and throughout the UK.

Reviews and articles

We have a large collection of reviews, articles and tutorials on this site, designed to help improve your understanding of the subject. There are links to Keith Cooper’s colour management related articles further down this page.

Our expertise originally stems from our own need to produce the highest quality fine art prints and accurate digital capture of images.

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Fully Independent

We do not directly sell hardware or software, so our independent advice is usually aimed at helping fellow photographers get the best results.

We can demonstrate any of the many colour management devices and systems shown on this site.

If you are not sure of why you should be getting into colour management, call on us for a short chat?

We’re happy to offer direct advice as part of our commercial services.

Client advice

Colour management is not rocket science – you -can- do a lot of it yourself.

We’re happy to provide our commercial photography clients with help and advice relating to colour management issues, both where where it relates to our work, and more general matters such as monitor calibration.

Industry recognition

Keith Cooper is a one of X-Rite’s ‘Coloratti’

“X-Rite’s Coloratti includes the world’s top professional photographers, a group whose vision, passion, leadership, and partnership are recognized and valued by X-Rite. Coloratti photographers are highly respected by their peers and are admired by up-and-coming professionals, enthusiasts, and students alike.”

Keith regularly tests new equipment and software before release under NDA. Where permitted, this is always mentioned in our reviews and articles.


We are happy to include elements of colour management in our commercial photography training.

Keith also gives lectures and more general talks about the importance and use of colour management principles and techniques.


  • Better colour on your monitor Soft proofing a print that is not too darkBetter colour on your monitor, looking at simple monitor calibration and profiling tools that mean you can trust what you see. If colour matters, you need to do something about it
  • Large prints – The Photography Show 2017 The Photography Show 2017All about making bigger prints. Articles and reviews that expand upon issues covered in Keith Cooper's talks and presentations at the Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham in March 2017
  • Printer Test Images black and white printer test imageCollection of printer test images - colour and monochrome (black and white). Test photos for printer and monitor checking.
  • Print setup for a new fine art paper using isis spectrophotometerSetup and profiling an unknown new paper for colour and Black & White printing. Looking at the whole process including media settings and types, and creating icc printer profiles.
  • What is colour? Red London busKeith is often asked to give a quick explanation of colour management. This article gives a short overview of why it matters, and has links to the many detailed articles and equipment/software reviews on the site.
  • Test image for black and white printing BW test image mk.2Test image for testing performance and quality of black and white (monochrome) printing. Article explains functionality of parts of the image
  • Calibration and Profiling – not the same thing london bus in leicesterThe other day I saw someone mention a 'printer calibrated to their monitor'. I'd noticed elsewhere that there is a deal of confusion in the terms calibration and profiling, which tend to get used in an imprecise way. This short note is just aimed at clear in this up

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  • ImageNest RIP review V3.5 update testing ImageNestReview of the ImageNest RIP by Bluecubit. Version 3.5 expands BPC, sharpening and colour management for a wide range of printers
  • X-Rite i1Profiler Scanner profiling colorchecker sg cardX-Rite i1Profiler V1.4 adds scanner profiling to i1 Profiler software. Works with transparency and reflective scanners to create accurate ICC profiles to improve colour accuracy
  • Printer review – Canon Pixma Pro-1 canon pro-1 printerDetailed review of the Canon Pixma Pro-1, a 12 ink A3+ (13inch) printer for colour and black and white printing. Tested on a range of paper types and sizes.
  • Using the new i1Pro 2 for profiling i1pro2 and targetKeith Cooper has been looking at the new i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer. Covering the i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Basic Pro 2 packages, he has written two extensive reviews of these X-Rite profiling packages for monitors, projectors and printers.
  • i1Basic Pro 2 review i1pro2 caseReview of the i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer i1Basic package from X-Rite. Monitor and projector profiling and calibration using i1Profiler software
  • X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2 review Target scan with i1Pro 2Review of the X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2. Printer profiling as part of the 'i1Photo' package, including OBA compensation
  • Datacolor Spyder4Pro review spyder 4 proDetailed review of the Datacolor Spyder 4 Pro monitor calibrator colorimeter and profiling software package


  • X-Rite and the all new i1 Pro 2 i1 pro2The all new version of the i1 Pro 2 spectrophotometer from X-Rite. A range of profiling solutions for colour management.
  • Colour management and your TV The Spyder4 TV offers a way of calibrating TVs and reference video monitors
  • Three new Spyders The new Spyder4 devices: the Spyder4 Express, the Spyder4 Pro, and the Spyder4 Elite are designed to offer improved color accuracy and low luminance performance compared to the Spyder3 devices.
  • X-rite updates i1 Profiler i1profiler updated.New features include the option to balance red, green and blue during monitor calibration, improved automatic monitor adjustment (ADC) during the calibration process, and support for Eizo ColorEdge displays.
  • i1 Display 2 and i1 Display LT to be supported for Mac OS 10.7 Lion eye-one display2i1 Display 2 and i1 Display LT to be supported for Mac OS 10.7 Lion by special Mac only update
  • X-rite updates i1Profiler License i1 profiler logoPerhaps not something I'd normally report, but given all the kerfuffle over the i1Profiler EULA (license) when it came out, it's worth noting that they have retrospectively altered the license.
  • A solution to the CS5 ‘no color management’ problem adobe color print utilityA solution to the CS5 'no color management' problem. Potential difficulties with printing if you want no colour management. The free Adobe Color Print Utility is made for printing profiling targets with colour management turned off.

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