Introduce You Our Eyeone / I1 ICC Profile
While there are many profiling devices out there, the industry standard is the Eye-One Pro. The Eye-One Pro is a spectrophotometer made by X-Rite, the leading provider in color management solutions. With the Eye-One Pro you can profile computer monitors, projectors, cameras and inkjet printers. The Eye-One Pro can be used with different devices to make profiling easier to manage. With the scanning ruler found in the i1 Photo Pro package, you can take all of your profiling equipment with you and use anywhere. In house, the i1 Pro can be connected to the i1iO automated scanning table for faster, more consistent scanning. And to profile even faster and with little effort, the i1iSis has a spectrophotometer built in and even calibrates itself.
Although many printers use CMYK as there ink set (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black), they can accept and print RGB images. Eyeone ICC profiles will produce the best results when the printer being profiled is in its best condition. All nozzles should be firing in a nozzle check; otherwise the lack of nozzles can affect the output profile. Also, setting the right media type is important as this determines the ink capacity a particular media will hold (explained below). If too much ink is printed on the media, the target swatches needed for profiling can become mottled and will make scanning accurately difficult.
With a custom ICC profile (and a calibrated monitor), the image on the right accurately represents the fruit as they exist, as well as the cutting board appearing it’s natural wood finish. At the end of the day, it is best to invest in a color management device that will enable you to manage your own color and output professionally. The EyeOne Pro (X-Rite) has always been an industry standard, but the ColorMunki has proven to be an effective, low cost alternative to the Eye-One Pro. The ColorMunki is comparable to the Eye-One in terms of color accuracy, but is even easier to use (especially for novices to color management). Ultimately, if color output and consistency is important to you and your business, a color management device like the ColorMunki will insure that you get just that. And since that will also cut down on the proofing process, you will cut down on waste/reprints and lower your overall cost. Not a bad investment.