The next-generation i1 Profiler software included with the i1Display Pro should be loaded as your first step – do this before you plug the device into your machine via the USB port.
If you use a Windows operating system, when you do plug the device in, the new Hardware Wizard will automatically launch and install the new drivers.
Once this happened, launch the software.
The software is incredibly intuitive, and the on-screen interface panel offers both text and video instructions, as well as ongoing prompts toward what you need to do next, if anything.
It is worth adding that the i1Profiler software is the same as that which is bundled with the X-Rite I1 Photo Pro & Publish Pro systems, so will offer you options for printer profiling on the interface – ignore this option if you do not own the latter devices.
Setting Calibration Targets
With the software installed, the on-screen interface will now ‘pop up’ and ask you a series of questions in terms of setting your calibration and further preferences.
- Technology Type – From the drop-down list, select the backlight type relevant to your display. If you are unsure which is relevant, CCFL is a good starting point – you can also select ‘Projector’ from this list if you wish to profile that device
- White Point Can be set at a choice of relevant values. D65 will suit most users
- Luminance – Select the relevant value from the options list, establish a custom value based on your requirements or measure ambient light in your environment for optimum accuracy
- Contrast Ratio – Your default setting should be ‘Native’ – you can add your own values, which is effective when matching one screen to another
- Flare Correct™ – This allows you to compensate for any glare or light falling onto your monitor display and neutralises it during the profiling process
- Ambient Light Smart Control – Measures ambient lighting in your working environment and then automatically adjusts your monitor’s contrast, tone and saturation
Now click on ‘Profile Settings’ to move to the next stage of the process.
Again, the on-screen interface will now ask you to select settings for the following aspects:
- ICC Profiler Version – If you are using older design software you should select the ‘Version 2’ option – for newer software, check ‘Version 4’
- Profile Type – Select ‘Table Based’ as your first choice, which is more accurate than ‘Matrix’ – Note: your ‘older’ software does not support ‘Table Based’
Setting Colour Patch Range
The i1 Profiler software utilises 119 colour patches to generate an accurate profile – you can also import additional colours if you wish.
You would do this for colour specific project work.
Additional colours can be loaded via the included PANTONE Color Manager Software, or via a loaded image – this opportunity is accessible via the clear icon above the patch sets that will be displayed on the user interface.
To begin this process, the interface will prompt you to set some final values:
- Automatic Display Control (ADC) – Check this, as it will allow the software to take full control of your monitor and make relevant adjustments
- Brightness & Contrast – If your monitor is not compatible with the standards that the ADC uses, then you will need to make any adjustments manually – this is simple, clear and you will be prompted to do so if need be
Ensure that the diffuser arm is over the i1 Display Pro’s lens and position the device roughly where you might position a paper print if you were comparing it to an image on the screen.
Now click as prompted to start the ‘measuring process’.
- During this process you will be prompted to make any relevant flare and ambient light measurements (if you have selected these options at set-up)
And that is essentially it – the profile will now be automatically created
Naming & Saving Your ICC Profile
Your ICC Profile has been automatically created.
Give it an appropriate name and save it.
The software allows you to diarise the next calibration test and we would recommend that you set this for each calendar month to maintain consistent accuracy and for ongoing peace of mind.
Gamut, Look Up Table and Before & After
Your created profile will be displayed as a graph of the gamut on your on-screen interface.
You can fine-tune this if you wish and click on the line of the graph to inspect the changes made in your monitor’s graphics card during the profiling process.
You can also select the ‘image icon’ and see the direct effects of your calibration with a ‘before & after’ image.
You can further click on the ‘arrow’ next to the ‘Display QA’ button, to access further tests to clarify the accuracy of your profile.
The Patch Set type can be set to ‘standard’ to load one of the default sets and the software will then evaluate how accurate your monitor is against those patch references.
The patches from the ColorChecker, IT8 Charts and FOGRA Media Wedge are also accessible for optimum referencing.
You can also load Spot Color testing charts via the PANTONE Color Manager Software or by uploading your own images and extracting colour test values from them.
Select the ‘Start Measurement’ option to begin the automatic evaluation of your monitor
Quality Assurance Report
When measurement is complete, a summary of results will be displayed on-screen.
Generally, you should be aiming to achieve Delta E of less than 2 and a maximum of less than 4.
This is of course only a rough guide, and you will want to achieve values specific to you project needs.
These reports can all be saved and will contribute to the ‘trending data’ which evolves over time.
A ‘trending graph’ can be displayed by selecting it on the interface and provides a very useful guide to how your monitor alters over time.
The i1Profiler software also offers a module for checking monitor uniformity, which is a useful additional assessment tool.