If you’ve been put off buying a colorimeter for calibrating your monitor because devices cost too much, Pantone’s huey could change your mind. The kit consists of the measurement device itself (which is roughly 100 mm long and about as thick as a marker pen), a desktop cradle, USB extension cable, a pack of two Klear Screen monitor wipes and a 100 x 100 mm ‘Micro-Chamois’ cloth. A software disk and Quick Start guide are included and it’s all packaged in a handsome double box.
GretagMacbeth’s Eye-One Photo is designed for photographers who need consistent, reliable colour for monitors and other digital imaging equipment. It is supplied with GretagMacbeth’s Eye-One Match 3 software, a Mini ColorChecker, USB cable, ambient light measurement head, ruler for chart measurement in scan mode, scan target, monitor holders and spot colour guide. Like the Eye-One Display 2, which was reviewed in issue 24, a clip-on diffuser is included for measuring the ambient light in your working area.
A high-quality widescreen monitor for advanced photo enthusiasts and professional photographers who require a controlled colour workflow.Announced in late December, Eizo’s new FlexScan SX2262W monitor has been designed for professional photographers and serious photo enthusiasts who like to produce large inkjet photo prints. Compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems, it’s one of the few screens of its size with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. This is higher than the 1680 x 1050-pixel native resolution of most 22-inch monitors and enables it to display roughly 30% more information in the same amount of screen space.
Eizo’s three-step system for matching monitors to print and display colours.Eizo’s EasyPIX combines a colour measurement sensor with proprietary software developed to provide owners of the company’s monitors with a cost-effective way to create professional-looking photo prints and online images. This software has a wizard-based interface and supports three adjustment modes. In all three modes, it creates a colour profile that can be used by editing and printing software.
A capable LCD monitor with the controls and functionality needed for digital imaging.FlexScan monitors may be the entry-level models in Eizo’s LCD range but they offer a good cost/performance ratio for a broad range of graphic applications, including imaging. Available with a narrow matte black or grey bezel (screen surround), the FlexScan S1931 presents a simple, sober design that makes images look vibrant and provides an uncluttered viewing area.
A top-of-the-range monitor with performance to match.ColorEdge monitors sit at the top of Eizo’s range and are designed to provide professional image quality. At more than double the price of the FlexScan S1931 display, Eizo’s ColorEdge CG19 is targeted at professional photographers, prepress professionals and people for whom colour accuracy and fidelity are paramount. Eizo actually claims to hand-adjust every ColorEdge monitor before it leaves the factory to ensure it delivers consistently accurate, reliable colour reproduction.
If you’re really serious about the quality of the digital prints you make, you need to introduce colour management into your workflow. The tools required are a colorimeter for measuring the colours produced by your monitor and a spectrophotometer (or spectrocolorimeter) for measuring the colours produced by your printer. Together they enable you to make the picture you see on-screen emulate the output of your printer.