Back in April I noted X-Rite’s launch of their new spectrophotometer, the i1Pro 2.
Since then I’ve been trying out the equipment and software, calibrating monitors and projectors and building ICC printer profiles.
One of the difficulties of reviewing products that do so much, is how to do them justice, without ending up with reviews the size of small books…
As such I’ve produced two initial reviews covering the i1Basic Pro 2 and i1Photo Pro 2 packages.
The i1Profiler software provides a number of different ways of calibrating and profiling displays, suitable for a range of user needs.
The default ‘basic’ settings are fine for most photographers, and I always tell people that if they find a feature in the advanced settings that they don’t know what it does, then that’s a big hint that they probably don’t need it (of course I’d always encourage finding out why).
i1Pro 2 and MacBook Pro, ready for profiling display
Printer profiles are made by measuring printed out coloured patches. The software knows what it told the printer to produce and it knows from the measurements, what actually came out. This difference forms the basis of building your ICC printer profile.
The ruler and base have been redesigned and are both easier to use and more reliable in use.
Reading a printer profiling target with the i1Pro 2
If you add in the new measurement modes available with the i1Pro 2, and the ability to compensate for the presence of Optical Brighteners (OBAs) in papers when profiling, then the new version is a welcome jump in performance and capability.
Checking a paper, before compensating for OBAs during profiling
I’ll be writing more articles and reviews in the coming months covering using the i1Pro 2 in other colour management applications.