Follow-up queations from my latest webinar with X-Rite

On Thursday, December 13’th, I did a webinar with X-Rite about novice colormanagement and how to print with control.

Here are a few of the follow-up questions we received after the webinar:

Q: I’ve bought colormonkey photo and created a profile for my Canon Pixma 5150 and GP-501 paper. Unfortunatly, even if I calibrated my screen and created the paper, I still have color shifts. Any suggestion ?

A: Even though the Colormunki is a great tool for calibrating your monitor and printer there are a few limitations. I feel bound to inform you that the Canon Pixma 5150, is not really a photo printer you can expect to deliver the same results as of a dedicated photo printer such as the Pixma Pro-1. With a limited ink set, you will not get the same gamut and some colore might not be possible to produce. Try different types of paper, such as the Canon Pro Platinum and see what results that would give you.

Q: Is the Colormunki Photo less accurate than the devices that can be used with the i1Profiler software?

A: The hardware it self is extremely accurate, but there are limitations to the software that comes with the Colormunki Photo, i.e. less color patches and control over the profile building with more. If your serious about creating paper profiles, then you should consider hardware such as the i1Basic 2, i1Photo 2 or i1Publish.

Q: When calibrating our monitor using the i1Profiler software, should we use automatic display control for all monitors?

A: You can use automatic display control with most Apple monitors, iMacs and Macbook’s.
Some dedicated desktop monitors also support this feature. In any case, set it to “on” and if its not supported by your monitor you’ll be notified, and will have to adjust brightness, contrast and white balance manually.

Make sure that if you own a Hardware calibrated monitor such as the Eizo CG series or NEC Spectraview, you should use the dedicated software that came with your monitor.

Q: Hi do you have to set your monitor back to the original setting [ mac cinama ] before you start to profile ???

A: No you do not. Apple displays do not have the option to change anything other than the brightness. This will be adjusted correctly once the calibration process starts.
If you own a “PC” monitor with the option of changing brightness, contrast etc, then I would advice you to go into the menu of your monitor and reset it to its factory default setting.

Q: In Martin Evenings LightRoom 4 book print resolution is (by Jeff Schewe) recommended to upsample to 360 if native is less than this and otherwise upsample to 720 if 360 < native < 720 – and lieave it if native > 720. Do You agree on this ??

A: Yes I do. As long as you’re printing on an Epson Printer.
If you own a Canon printer there are other number to consider: 300, 600 & 1200.

Q: Is the Icc profile the same for PCs & Mac?

A: When creating a custom print profile, it will work on both PC and Mac.

Q: is there a difference in profiling a monitor for b/w image processing vs color?

A: When calibrating your monitor, all RGB values are “corrected”. If your are to show a grey of 128, 128, 128 and your monitor shows 134, 128, 128, this will be corrected.
So no, there is no difference in calibrating your monitor for B/W work vs Color.
(PS: most monitors today are 8 bit, which gives you 256 levels of gray from white to black. Still, some high-end monitors can offer 10 bit, which will give you 1024 levels of gray.)

Q: Please repeat what you were saying about plastic paper.

A: What I was saying was that there are several kinds of paper, and that more photographers should try 3’rd party papers such as Canson-Infinity, which offers “real” paper, with greater dMax and bigger gamut. Even though its the coating that comes in contact with the inc, the paper itself sets the feeling you want for your print.

If you attendet the webinar and still have unanswered questions, by all means feel free to contact me. Actually, that goes even for those of you who didnt attend the webinar:)