ColorMunki Photo is the innovative new way to bring your photos from screen to print—with color perfection. Ideal for wedding, social, portrait photographers — or any passionate advocate — this color control solution delivers new technological features for display, projector and RGB/CMYK printer profiling. It’s also loaded with new color creation and communication tools that allow you to grab colors from virtually anywhere, including your entire image library, preview your color palettes under different light sources and even preview for PrintSafe production under a variety of different printing methods. You’ll now be able to send your images to your clients with a new level of confidence that they are viewed in a calibrated environment with the DigitalPouch communication tool. All this delivered in an all-in-one integrated solution with a streamlined interface, making the most of your digital workflow. ColorMunki is your new best friend. Features Precise monitor calibration in both basic and advanced modes Capture the ambient light within a room or a light box for a new level of precise calibration Fast and accurate projector profiling to project your images to your clients, family, or friends with color confidence Put your image library at your fingertips and automatically extract colors from any image Create and manage custom color palettes with unique PrintSafe checking capabilities Share your images with confidence with DigitalPouch, a self-executable application …
Review by Eric Berkow
Oh, for the days when we didn’t need all this gadgetry! Way back in the day type was set by professional typesetters using giant machines, and color artwork was actually separated by taking several filtered pictures of the artwork to create actual film separations! Here in the digital age, accurate color reproduction is available to almost anyone with a computer! All you need are a few tools to make sure that your equipment is accurate.
If you are trying for accurate color reproduction, you need a good set of color management tools. The i1Photo XT is a good place to start for most photographers/designers.
This color management package will calibrate and profile monitors, projectors, scanners, printers and digital cameras. Basically it can do everything a designer/photographer will need.
By Eric Berkow
As the design and print world has moved to all digital workflows, color management has become more important. While good color starts at capture, the next step is equally important- your computer monitor.
For photographers, the monitor has become the darkroom. For designers, it is the color palette. For printers it can often be used as a color verification tool. In print, virtual soft-proofing; color proofing on screen, is becoming more accurate and is gaining wider acceptance. All of this serves to underscore why having a monitor system that is calibrated and profiled is so important.
There are many devices available now for monitor calibration and profiling, and I have used several. The X-Rite (formerly Gretagmacbeth) i1 Display 2 is one of these systems, and I recently had an opportunity to review it.
The software that drives the i1 Display 2 is impressive. It offers two modes for calibration- easy and advanced. Easy mode just asks what type of monitor you have (your choices are LCD, CRT and Laptop) and tells you to attach the i1 to the monitor and it goes. You have no real controls over the settings it uses. For the novice, this would be OK, but for the serious pro, you should stick to the advanced mode.