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If you're a professional photographer, retoucher, or fine art printer then the X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2 is the perfect solution for you to profile your monitor and inkjet printer. The X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2 will quickly and easily create custom scanner, camera, monitor, projector and RGB printer profiles for you, ensuring the colours you capture, view and print are true. The X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2 is very easy to use but incredibly accurate and fully featured. You'll quickly be producing excellent profiles that will save you hours of retouching and reprinting.
We provide free email and phone support and are happy to talk you through you installation and your first profiles. Shipping to the UK and many EU countries is FREE. The i1 Photo Pro is compatible with Windows 8 and Mac OS 10.10
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Ideal For: Pro and serious amateur photographers, fine-art printers and retouchers.
Why buy your Colour Management Solutions from Native Digital? We've been selling colour management solutions since 2005 and have a wealth of knowledge and experience. We specialise in high-end monitors and colour calibration equipment for professional users and can advise you on the right equipment to use, and importantly, how to use it. As well as pre-sales advice, we're happy to talk to customers and provide post-sales advice and support as required via the phone, email or our remote support facility.
Don't forget that our news / support / blog website regularly features colour management articles along with hints, tips and views on calibration and profiling. You can visit the site here: http://nativedigital.co.uk/site/blog
If you are new to colour management you can download our PDF book Practical Colour Management from here.
In addition to our excellent pre and post sales support we offer a free remote training session with all i1 Pro and i1 Publish products. We will use screen sharing software to talk you through your first profiles, including applying profiles in your workflow. Our experts use X-Rite hardware and software for our own on-site profiling services so they know the products inside out and will get you up and running in no time at all. The training session will usually last about an hour, but we aren't going to be watching the clock. We will help you as much as you need.
The latest version of the i1 Pro 2 has new light sources that allow it to measure both with an without UV light. This allows it to accurately measure papers with large amounts of optical brighteners. The light sources also conform to the latest ISO 13655 specs - M0, M1 and M2. You can measure reflective samples either in spot or stip mode. It has a positioning sensor so as you scan along a stip in knows how fast you are going and which can drastically reduce measurement errors. The status LEDs give you instanst feedback on the success or failure of any measurement. The i1 Pro 2 is robust and feels comfortable to hold and use.
The supplied calibration tile that has its own protective cover, the increased temperature stability, measurement repeatability and built-in self diagnosis means the i1 Pro 2 will give you extremely accurate measurement data time after time.
With the i1 Photo Pro 2 you can create monitor and projector profiles of very high quality. Because the i1 Pro 2 is a spectrophotometer it can accurately measure any display, no matter what the back light or technology. It's especially good with any projector. The i1Profiler software has a simple step-by-step wizard that takes you through choosing your calibration targets, adjusting your monitor to those targets and then creating an ICC profile for the display. Once you have calibrated and profiled your monitor the included quality control module can assure you of its accuracy and even help you check the uniformity of your monitor. The software includes extensive and clear help text, plus tutorial videos to help you get started. You can even calibrate the screen of your tablet or phone using the free ColorTrue app, available for iOS and Android.
A ColorChecker Classic target is included with the i1 Photo and with it you can create custom profiles for your camera, lighting and lens. These profiles can be used in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom to make the raw images from your camera more accurate and pleasing. The process is very easy and you can soon build up your own libary of profiles for common lighting situations. The i1 Profiler software also allows you to make your own scanner profiles from a range of inustry standard targets. The more accurate your intial capture or scan the less retouching you need to do.
An RGB printer is one that uses RGB or CMY colourants (no black) or an inkjet printer with perhaps many inks but whose driver software works in RGB. For example any Epson inkjet that you print to using the Epson printer driver is treated for profiling as an RGB device. Using the i1 Profiler software and the i1 Photo Pro 2 you can create very accurate ICC profiles for any RGB printer. You can select up to 6000 colour patches to print and then measure (but about 1000 is normal). You measure the colour patches in rows so it only takes about 5 minutes to create a printer profile. You can create profiles for matte, semi-gloss or gloss paper, canvas or pretty much anything else you can print on. The software takes you through the process one step at a time, with plenty of help text to explain the options as you go. You can even go onto further optimize the profile with more specific colours from an image or a spot colour library if you want to. The profiles you get will have great contrast, saturation and detail. You can even compensate for the effect of UV optical brighteners in your papers.
The i1 Photo Pro 2 comes in its own tough and easy to carry case. You get a measurement bed and ruler to make strip reading very easy and quick. You also get holders for projector, monitor and spot colour measurement, and also an ambient light measurement head and calibration tile.
You can upgrade the i1 Photo to full i1 Publish functionality with the i1 Publish Upgrade, and if you have lots of charts to measure then the i1iO Automatic Scanning Table will speed things up for you.
i1Profiler Software Specifications
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i1Pro Hardware Specifications
i1® technology with built-in wavelengths check
Spectral analyzer: Holographic diffraction grating with 128-pixel diode array
Spectral Range: 380 - 730 nm
Physical sampling interval: 3.5 nm
Optical resolution: 10 nm
Spectral reporting: 380 ... 730 nm in 10 nm steps
Measurement Frequency in scanning mode: 200 measurements per second
Measurement geometry: 45°/0° ring illumination optics, ISO 13655:2009
Measurement aperture: 4.5 mm (0.18”) diameter (effective measurement aperture during scanning is depending on the patch size and measurement speed)
Illumination Spot Size: 3.5 mm (0.14”)
Light source: Gas filled tungsten (illuminant type A) and UV LED
Data Format: Spectral Reflectance [dimensionless]
OBC: Optical Brightener Compensation (OBC) with i1Profiler software
Calibration: Manual on external ceramic white reference
Measurement Background: white, ISO 13655:2009; for measurements on backup board
Minimal Media Thickness: 3 mm (0.12”) on backup board
Minimal Patch Size in Scanning Mode: 7 x 10 mm (0.28” x 0.39”) (Width x Height) with sensor ruler 10 x 10 mm (0.39” x 0.39”) (Width x Height) without sensor ruler
Inter-instrument agreement: 0.4 ∆E94* average, 1.0 ∆E94* max. (deviation from X-Rite manufacturing standard at a temperature of 23ºC (73.4ºF) on 12 BCRA tiles (D50, 2º))
Short-term repeatability: 0.1 ∆E94* on white (D50,2°, mean of 10 measurements every 3 seconds on white)
Data format: Spectral radiance (mW/nm/m2 /sr); Luminance Y (cd/m2)
Measurement range: 0.2 - 1200 cd/m2 on a typical LCD-Monitor
Short-term repeatability: x,y: +/- 0.002 typical (5000°K, 80 cd/m2)
AMBIENT LIGHT MEASUREMENT
Data Format: spectral irradiance [mW/nm/m2], illuminance [lux]
Type: Cosine-corrected diffuse light measurement head
INTERFACE, DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Interface: USB 1.1
Power supply: Device powered by USB. No additional charger or battery required. USB 1.1 high power device.
Weight i1Pro device: 245 g (8.6 oz)
Posted by Unknown on 13th Mar 2015
I was disppointed with the colorchecker passport as this is just a thin card board sheet. I happen to have the stand alone colorchecker that is made of plastic and is more robust to use in the field. They are both the same , the plasiic one bought seperatly was just stronger all round. I would be reluctant to take the card board version out however it does a god job. The printer profiling is important to me and the kit does thay well. I also have old pictures and being able to calebrate the scanner was handy.
Posted by Unknown on 21st Jan 2015
I intend to use it to colour calibrate a printer. I have not had the opportunity to use it yet, but have been impressed with the quality of the construction and the carrying case provided. However, I am not pleased with the lack of a proper instruction manual. There is not even one provided for printing out on the software CD. The training videos are all very well, but given that a large number of facts are mentioned in rapid succession, it is impossible to take them in without constantly stopping the presentation in order to take notes.
Posted by Unknown on 18th Jul 2014
I've use my i1 photo to profile my Epson 7900. I find the software easy to use and the profiles are fantastic. Very accurate with good saturated colours, even on canvas. Native Digital were very helpful talking me through my fist couple of profiles. Their support is great.
Posted by Unknown on 18th Jul 2014
It is really too early to rate this product as I am still working through the options to obtain fully acceptable results. I am still learning and hope to move from 'seen perceived improvement' to 'delighted with results'
Posted by Nigel on 10th Feb 2013
Let me say first off, I've used the ColourMinki Photo unit for quite a few years to calibrate my Eizo's monitors with Eizo's colour Navigator software, and ColourMunki software to produce icc profiles for my printers. Although generally happy with the performance I felt I was just off in total colour accuracy terms.
Lux measurement reading with the Munki was high which might have explained the issues I was experiencing.
So having spent some time considering my options, decided to take the plunge and buy the i1photo pro2. Reviewing the Internet was my first port of call to assess the features available, and also find a potential supplier.
My research led me to Native Digital, whose price was most favourable, ordered and received delivery most promptly.
Now to the product, firstly the product is supplied in a large well design case, but at the price charged, what else would you expect. The written instructions for use are nonexistent, so the included videos and resources on the Internet are essential.
Being used to the ColourMunkie, the new interface is much more complex and requires careful scrutiny, and more thought as you progress through all the options available for a given task. This is where the first problem cropped up, some text notations on my screens are not clear, and this has been acknowledged by X-Rite, who are investigating the problem.
Firstly, monitor calibration, once you have worked your way through the options the calibration is performed as if you were using the ColourMunki, although there is more data available to view once calibration is complete. The time taken can be quiet long if you select a large colour patch size for this function.
Are the results any better than when using my Munkie, I would probably say yes, but by how much is difficult to quantify. I will say that the ambient light illumination measuring function is more accurate with the i1 photo pro 2.
The colour values measured are different to the Munki and given the choice, I would say the i1pro wins.
With the permutations available within iProfiler, one should be able to calibrate their monitor to suit all occasions.
Of note, the reported iProfiler colour errors for my monitors are higher than those reported by Eizo's Colour Navigator.
Given the size of the measuring head, measuring screen uniformity across the screen is not easily completed.
Printer paper profiling is more advanced than that with the Munkie and consequently takes longer and can use a lot more paper and ink, so be prepared to spend some hours to produce a usable ICC profile. The results are better than those I obtained previously so I should be happy. The OBC module, although the concept is good, trying to judge the grey patches is not easy, but does help to tease out the last bit of colour accuracy.
Spot measuring the OBC patches in some instances show no tone difference, so judging which is best by eye, to me at least, is an impossible task.
Then follows optimization, this takes previously saved ICC data and produces even more evaluation prints, followed by ColourChecker Proof.
This where I was able to see the fruits of all my efforts. Although the results are very good, I have yet to achieve what I consider perfection, but they are very good, and probably the best I have achieved to date.
On occasion when measuring the colour patches and you may be on the second of third sheet, the software has reported the i1Photo is not calibrated, so you are forced to repeat the whole scan again.
Although I would say another win for the i1photo Pro 2
As I only have a RGB printer I cannot comment on the CMYK features.
Neither can I comment on the Projector or scanner functions as I've not trialled these functions.
The big disappointment to me is not being able to use the Photo Colour Picker software, which I found very useful and flexible module for me..
The included Pantone Colour Manager cannot be launched without the i1Pro being attached, so adds to the inconvenience, but is also un-scalable so you are stuck with small colour patches, there are also no Lab values shown, unless you export to a PDF.
The programme does not report actual values measured, but displays the nearest Pantone value, you may find that repeating measurements of a single colour, the software will report different Pantone tones.
Concluding, although there is an overall improvement to the results obtained compared to the Munki, I'm not sure if the cost difference is justified. I would say for those who are happy with the Munkie, save your money. However, for me, being prepared to devote a lot of effort, particularly in printer calibration has been worthwhile, so I'm happy.