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How to Profile Your Monitor with i1Display Pro

How to Profile Your Monitor with i1Display Pro
How to Profile Your Monitor with i1Display Pro

By Coloratti Master John Paul Caponigro

A well-calibrated monitor will help you predict what your images will look like when printed, even on multiple substrates. – John Paul Caponigro


If you want to display your images accurately, and make sophisticated decisions about how they will or could look, calibrate your monitor with hardware. Monitor calibration is a must. It’s not optional. It is easy. You need a device to do it well.

The visual comparator method (using your eyes to approximate an appearance on screen) is too fraught with inaccuracies and inconsistencies to be relied on. Instead, use consistent, accurate, objective hardware and software. Colorimeters don’t have favorite and least favorite colors, don’t have color deficiencies, don’t get fatigued, don’t drink caffeine or eat sugar, don’t change over time or adapt to their environments, and don’t have emotions. You do. All of these can affect your perception of color at one time or another. Colorimeters are in a stable state. You’re not. So when it comes to making sure that your monitor displays color as accurately as possible, use a colorimeter.

While some colorimeters, and the software packages that ship with them, are better than others, most colorimeters are good. Unless it’s defective, any colorimeter is better than none. Spectrophotometers can also be use to calibrate monitors. What’s the difference between the two? Unlike a colorimeter, a spectrophotometer has it’s own light source that can be used to make printer profiles. Spectrophotometers can do more. They also cost more. There is a difference between calibrating and characterizing devices. Calibrating a device is changing its state, like setting the brightness of a monitor. Characterizing a device is measuring and mapping the color capacity of a device or building an ICC profile to describe it. Most of the process of monitor ‘calibration’ is actually ‘characterization’. Calibrating and characterizing your monitor is a simple process. Use the profiling device and software of your choice. (I personally use X-Rite products.)



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Take these steps.

First, set the brightness of your monitor. Use your monitor’s buttons or onscreen menu. The software you use should help you confirm that you have set the brightness to a target range between 90 and 100 lumens. If you monitor is brighter than this target range, it will be more difficult to predict what your image will look like in print and it’s likely your prints will appear too dark. If it is darker than this target range, your whites will appear too dull and you may not see subtle shadow detail that exists in your files.

Second, indicate your gamma and white point preferences with your software. Specify a Gamma 2.2 and a white point of D-65. Both of these items produce confusion for many. The gamma is specified based on the operating system of your computer, now the same for both Mac and PC. It is not the gamma of your editing space, monitor, or output device. The white point is specified to simulate a clean white, neither too blue and bright nor too yellow and dull. While the industry standard for building ICC printer profiles and viewing prints is D-50 or 5000K, if you specify this setting during monitor calibration, more often than not your whites will appear to dull and yellow. This is due to monitor hardware limitations; their white points are so high, well above 7500K, that when you simulate a white point lower than 6500K the monitor’s response starts to physically fail. A white point of D-65 is a simulation that generates a standard preferred appearance – or a good clean white.

Third, measure the color space and build the profile. All you have to do is click go and let the software do the rest. To find a monitor’s capacity/limitations, the measurement software will send known values to the monitor and its accompanying hardware will measure the monitor’s response. With the before and after data it will generate an ICC profile that maps the color space of the monitor. At the end of the process, make sure the title for the resulting ICC profile contains the date. This profile will be loaded automatically whenever you restart your computer, until you build a new one.

Finally, confirm monitor calibration. View both synthetic test files (You can find many on my website.) and real world images (Bill Atkinson provides and excellent evaluation file on his website.). If grayscale ramps contain color casts or crosses, repeat the process. Repeat this process monthly or when conditions change substantially. Note, the purpose of monitor calibration is to get a monitor to display digital image files as accurately as possible. The ICC profile will help your monitor display files better but it won’t change them. Only changing the file’s ICC profile (so the numbers in your file mean something different) or editing the file with software (so the numbers actually change) can do that. Some of your files may contain colors that are out-of-gamut or too saturated for your monitor to display. The best monitors today can display a gamut equivalent to Adobe RGB 1998 but cannot yet display the full gamut of ProPhoto. This means that some of your files may be able to print colors that are more saturated than your display. Do build your files in ProPhoto to take full advantage of the capabilities of today’s printers and tomorrow monitors. As monitor technology evolves this will become a less frequent occurrence. One of the advantages of calibrating your monitors to a device neutral standard is that when properly calibrated, all monitors, old or new, should generate very similar if not identical appearances with the same files. You will not have to adjust your files when you look them on other monitors, for instance when you replace your old monitor.

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The purpose of monitor calibration is not to match a print, though it will help you make all your prints more accurate. A well-calibrated monitor will help you predict what your images will look like when printed, even on multiple substrates. This is what softproofing in Photoshop is designed to achieve. The value of the time and money invested in calibrating and characterizing your monitor simply can’t be over stated. Once you’ve made this investment, you’ll reap countless dividends. You’ll get more enjoyment out of the process and your images.

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About John Paul Caponigro

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Final Month to get 6 Months Free MYLIO

Final Month to get 6 Months Free MYLIO
Final Month to get 6 Months Free MYLIO

There’s just one month left to get 6 Months of Free Mylio when you purchase an X-Rite Calibrator. You can calibrate all of your devices so that your colors are accurate and your images look just as good on your mobile phone or tablet as they do on your desktop computer or laptop. And with Mylio Photo Management software, you can access all of your images anytime, anywhere on any of your devices in accurate color with X-Rite ColorTRUE technology.

Check out this video to learn more about Mylio

Check out what our Coloratti have to say about Mylio:

I have been using Mylio for a while now and I love how I can just pick up one of my devices and continue editing my work seamlessly. The fact that Mylio incorporated X-Rite’s ColorTRUE technology is brilliant and makes my work so much easier.
– Andy Marcus

I see the potential for Mylio to be a serious game changer in terms of workflow for professional photographers. I have found it to be very intuitive and an extension of the way my mind works. As I learn more about how to maximize its potential, I think it will make my life a lot easier!!
– Cristina Mittermeier

“Mylio is by far the best integrated and easiest to use cloud photography management software I have seen. Once you import your images they show up on all of your other devices instantly. For the photographer on the go, who needs to have access to his or her images for a variety of uses, Mylio is a no brainer.”
– Michael Clark

“I just got Mylio, and this is beyond wonderful! I’ve ORGANIZED – thousands of images, easily – on my phone, my computers, EVERYWHERE. What’s truly amazing is the combination of Mylio with X-Rite’s ColorTRUE technology – thats ‘s a real breakthrough for the photography industry. Whether you’re a Pro or just starting out, being able to view and show your images on any device, anywhere and they look exactly the same from device to device is Way cool!”
– Helen Yancy
“X-Rite + Mylio = A GREAT combination!”
– Ron Nichols

So, whether you chose the entry level ColorMunki Smile,  Advanced level ColorMunki Display or the Professional level i1Display Pro you can achieve accurate color on ALL of  your devices and enjoy 6 months FREE Mylio.


X-Rite Partners with Mylio for Special Promotion

X-Rite Partners with Mylio for Special Promotion
X-Rite Partners with Mylio for Special Promotion

X-Rite / Mylio Promotion


X-Rite Photo ColorMunki DisplayX-Rite and Mylio have partnered to deliver the first Mobile Photo Editing App to Integrate Color Management with mobile applications that deliver a new way to see, share, organize and protect photo life across multiple devices. Customers who purchase a new X-Rite ColorMunki or i1Display Monitor Calibrator between April 8 and June 30, 2015, will also receive 6 months free access to Mylio – the next generation photo management system for all your devices. Mylio helps you gather, organize and access all of your photos so you can enjoy them on all your computers and devices – all your photos, always with you.

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  • Purchase an i1Display Pro and receive 6 free months of Mylio Standard Plan


Customers who purchase an X-Rite display calibrator must register here to receive their free Mylio access code. Serial number of purchased product, along with receipt validating purchase within promotional period, are required and is only available in the U.S. and Canada.

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Mylio Mobile App is ColorTRUE Aware i1Dis_Web_ready


ColorTRUE is the super simple way for professional and enthusiast color perfectionists alike to get unrivaled color accuracy on their mobile devices. With ColorTRUE Awareness, the new Mylio app is the first mobile photo editing app to integrate color management. Show your TRUE colors – anywhere and everywhere you are!

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X-Rite Photo @ NY Film Academy Tools of the Trade

X-Rite Photo @ NY Film Academy Tools of the Trade
X-Rite Photo @ NY Film Academy Tools of the Trade
New York Film Academy

New York Film Academy

X-Rite Photo recently participated in the B&H EDU Tools of the Trade event at the New York Film Academy in Downtown Manhattan. It was a great opportunity to meet all these creative young students who are studying a wide variety of photography and film disciplines. Many of them were familiar with camera profiling and monitor calibration and have learned about the importance of color management and printer profiling in their digital photography classes.

We demonstrated for the students how easy it is to calibrate their computer monitors and laptops using the X-Rite ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro so they can view and edit their images in accurate colors. We also showed them how to profile their mobile devices using the ColorTRUE APP. This was something new to many of them and it really grabbed their attention. In our on-the-go, photography-filled world, mobile devices have become one of the most important ways for displaying and sharing our images, but their color accuracy is not perfect. ColorTRUE is the super simple way for professional, amateur and student color perfectionists alike to get unrivaled color accuracy on their mobile devices.

New York Film Academy - NYC

New York Film Academy – NYC

Typically, tablets and phones will display images in the smallest color space like sRGB. This means an image that’s been processed in a much larger color space, like ProPhoto RGB or Adobe 98 doesn’t display all the colors accurately and images can looked washed out and less vibrant. For photography students who often show their image portfolios on their laptop or mobile devices, it’s really important to be able to profile their tablet and phone screens so the images look as good and as accurate as they do on their calibrated monitors and laptops.

Daniel Raposo - Winner of the i1Display Pro

Daniel Raposo – Winner of the i1Display Pro



There were plenty of smiles from the winners of our i1Display Pro and a ColorChecker Passport giveaways at the end of the day.

Winner of an i1Display Pro was NYFA Photography student Daniel Raposo.

Winner of a ColorChecker - Faculty member John Foster

Winner of a ColorChecker – Faculty member John Foster






NYFA Cinematography faculty member, John Foster was the winner of a ColorChecker Classic.




Tools of the Trade at NYFA

Tools of the Trade at NYFA