ColorMunki Design and ColorMunki Photo.
by eduardoangel – August 27th, 2009
by Eduardo Angel
The differences between ColorMunki Design and ColorMunki Photo are primarily in the design of the software interface. ColorMunki Design opens with a palette display, inviting designers to scroll through and pick and choose colors to assemble color palettes. Intuitively, this is how designers work, and the interface is set up in this way.
The ColorMunki Photo interface is somewhat more ‘utilitarian’ in nature. The user is prompted with links for workflow, i.e., ‘calibrate my monitor’, ‘profile my printer’, ‘match my screen to my printer’, etc. Clicking on any of these links will immediately launch this feature. Professional photographers typically want to ‘get down to business’ right away, and the interface reflects this.
Functionally, the products are very similar. ColorMunki Design allows a users to synchronize color palettes to a printer profile, whereas ColorMunki Photo allows you to synchronize images to the printer profile. When profiling a printer, ColorMunki Design allows users to extract a color palette from an image, and fine-tune the printer profile for this palette, whereas ColorMunki Photo allows you to optimize a printer profile to an image by selecting the primary colors within that image. For example, if the photographer is using mainly portraits, they select an image that contains mainly flesh tones and the optimize profile will select mainly these flesh-tones and neutral colors in the optimized profile to bring the gamut closer.
The Digital Pouch feature is unique to ColorMunki Photo, allowing a user to send an image file digitally, together with the appropriate profiles to allow users on the ‘other end’ to view and output the image optimally as the photographer saw it.