Testimonials

What are people saying about Datacolor's color management and color calibration solutions?

"the Spyder is absolutely brilliant"
"since we purchased your products, we have increased our workflow by 100%"

These are just a few of the comments we've been receiving. See what other users, people just like you, are saying about Datacolor's color calibration solutions:

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Before I began using Spyder3Pro, I was ready to stop using my digital SLR - and I was ready to give up on photo editing, as it had become a waste of time. It seemed there was such a digital mismatch between how I knew a photo should look, color-wise, and how it actually appeared in hard copy. Now with the ability to calibrate the color accuracy of my digital files, my photography is processed correctly. The colors I see on my monitor match the colors I see in my prints and enlargements.

Helpful hint: When using Spyder3Pro, it's important to complete the monthly calibration to ensure consistently good color accuracy.

In summary, I consider Spyder3Pro a 'must have' tool for any photographer who wants his digital files and photos to pop with the same colors that he saw when he pressed the shutter on his camera.

Connie Wragge
Ministry Leader & President, PhotoMission
A Worldwide Community of Christian Photographers
http://www.photomission.com


Creating custom profiles with Spyder3Print gave me some of the best prints I ever got out of my printer. After using the complete Spyder3 system I am totally hooked on the product. Plus the customer support was great; they actually cared how my prints came out and that is a huge thing to offer.

Christopher Villano
http://www.villanophoto.com


What I love about the Spyder3 is that it's from an established company I trust, I can attach it to my studio computer or laptop and it saves me time because it's easy to use and accurate. When you're a photographer who travels a lot, like myself, knowing the colors you're working with are really the colors in the print is invaluable because a professional photographer is a lot like a painter. Color is crucial to our work.

Catherine Hall
Professional Photographer


I have recently adopted Spyder3Studio, and find it invaluable. I require complete control within my own workflow; and the one area where I did not have that control was profiling. With the Spyder3 products a fully color managed workflow has been achieved. Starting off with a calibrated monitor using Spyder3Elite, then using Spyder3Print to profile my papers and inksets, I can produce prints that totally satisfy.

I go directly to the expert mode, and appreciate the various inputs that allow the user to generate different profile mixes from the same target measurements. My prints now hold the subtle separations in the files and keep the shadow areas true, all being accurately represented when soft-proofing in Photoshop. Some of my abstract work is difficult to print, heavy on soft tonal transitions and areas of subtle hue shifts. They have rarely worked well with any profile I had previously tried. I use a variety of non OEM paper, and now profile them all using this little gem.

Carolyn Frayn
carolynfrayn.com


I have installed and calibrated a number of monitors with the new Spyder3Elite, including a couple of projectors. It has been on both Windows and Mac machines, including OS X 10.5. After a slight issue with the software not seeing one of my monitors, everything is working perfectly.

There are two things that really suprised me. The first was the profiling of a projector, which in the past I would have done with a much higher cost solution. Results were excellent with Spyder3. I then tried to profile the LCD projector against a blue-gray wall rather than a screen, I was amazed at the quality of the profile on this background. The other thing that impressed me was when running Spyder3Elite against my professional graphics display and its bundled calibrator; the results were almost identical.

This is what I would call absolutely remarkable quality from a device that retails for less than 300 dollars. As I said before, this will be what I will be recommending!

Tom Pappas


I am now a believer. I just got back from a trip to Tokyo where I shot a several hundred photos in and around Shinjuku and Shibuya and using Adobe Lightroom edited them in color or B&W, based on my perception on how I thought each image worked. (initial edits, done on a color corrected laptop, are posted at http://www.pbase.com/troutco/tokyojuly2007).

You'll see the B&W photos are each tinted, to my taste, based on how I felt the image worked (some have a warm tone, some a colder tone, some a neutral tone). Some of the photos are color with specific colors intentionally desaturated. So far, printing out proofs at home tonight, using an Epson R2400, on Costco $18.95 semi-glossy, using my PrintFIX PRO 2.0 extended color/B&W profile for the paper, (without any tweaking of the profile) they look very good. My cursory reviews of them in less than ideal lighting is very impressive. I don't see any color casts, The toned colors look close enough to those on my desktop's color profiled CRT and LCD to win a horseshoe contest.

I've always found printing to be a very iterative, time consuming and often not very rewarding process (probably one reason I do so little of it) and have never been pleased with the screen matching of the images and their printed form. Looking at these test prints, toned B&W and color, and proofing using the extended PFP2 profile, these are the closest matches I've ever seen between my output and my edits on screen.

There is a great deal of creative freedom being able to shoot, edit and render, and then print, all from Lightroom, without having to make a complicated science project out of process of generating B&W images. This was also my first serious use of Lightroom instead of the combination of Capture One Pro and Photoshop. The workflow was much more rapid, and flexible than I've had in the past and I could easily iterate edits in color, B&W, or both. Now that I'm back home, I can readily take any images that need more advanced sharpening, exposure or tonal adjustment or masking into Photoshop.

Michael Colby


It's been more than a dozen years since I've encountered an organization that is as dedicated to customer service as Colorvision|Datacolor is. To find in 2006 a long-established company whose top technical wizards make themselves available even on a Friday afternoon to help a customer solve a particularly thorny problem is astonishing. And then, to receive the next day (Saturday, no less) an emergency delivery of a new spectro -- well, I'm impressed."

"You folks are world-class."

Robert Ausura
Robert Ausura Photography
www.ausuraphotography.com


I just wanted to take the time to thank you for the monitor Spyder and software. I own a digital photography studio and we use Fuji S1 and S2 pro cameras with Macintosh computers and 3 different Epson printers (Epson 10000, Photo 2000 and Stylus 1270). Our color workflow is perfect, everything matches from one monitor to the other and prints match from one printer to the other and customers are very impressed.

One of our competitors stopped by to get some drum scans done, and could not believe that our prints match our monitors so accurately! He asked how we do that. We told him that it took lots of color calibration, technicians and profile configuration, blah, blah, blah-blah, which made it sound very complicated when, in fact, all we did is use your products. He nodded as if he understood and left with a puzzled look on his face, full of envy and intrigue.

I'd say that since we purchased your products, we have increased our workflow by 100%, saving long hours of color correction, printing tests and guessing how the color would come out. We used to waste rolls and rolls of expensive Epson photo paper as well as ink, which is not cheap.

Thank you for making our lives easier and making work fun again!

Horatio Franco
Studio Four
www.studiofour.net


ColorVision has once again raised the bar on achieving the ultimate goal of consistent color from start to finish with the introduction of the new PrintFIX profiling device. Designed to make the job of creating accurate ICC profiles for printers it simplifies the process and makes profiling available to the masses without the need for large capital investments in time and energy. In conjunction with the Spyder, this system will enable a complete color management system from beginning to end.

Our observations: The PrintFIX is fairly easy to use straight out of the box, though it is necessary to read the instructions well. All of the profiles created were very accurate and little adjustment was necessary. All in all we like the device and think it is the perfect solution for most of us who need good quick consistent color. It worked great with every printer/paper/ink combination that we tried. We've been using the Spyder in house to profile our monitors for quite some time and the pair of accessories has made our color management life a success!

Gregory Schern
President, Inkjetgoodies
www.inkjetgoodies.com


Thanks for all your help. The FAQ's were a great help! Oh and by the way, I am an instructor for Digital Printing classes and I normally use Spectrophotometers for building profiles but I was looking for a more economical alternative when I read about PrintFIX and thought I'd give it a try.

Once I managed to get over my own system problems and get the PrintFIX to work, I have to say I'm impressed! I'll recommend it to all my participants (about 45 people per month) as they are looking for ways to improve their home ink-jet printing experiences. Thanks for all your help!

Chris Laidlaw
Instructor
Henry's School Of Imaging
www.henrys.com


"...Anyhow, I calibrated my monitor, got my PrintFix chart into PS (eventually) and built a profile, printed a test image and WOW, I was 'gobsmacked!' It had a slight green cast which I fixed over the next couple of prints with DoctorPRO and I now have a spot on print profile. I'm impressed. I had used reams of Epson paper over the past 12 months to try and get a decent print match, I had resorted to printing only in classic mode in PS because it was the only way to get decent print results..."

Andrew Spencer
Kaikoura, New Zealand


Before I began using Spyder3Pro, I was ready to stop using my digital SLR - and I was ready to give up on photo editing, as it had become a waste of time. It seemed there was such a digital mismatch between how I knew a photo should look, color-wise, and how it actually appeared in hard copy. Now with the ability to calibrate the color accuracy of my digital files, my photography is processed correctly. The colors I see on my monitor match the colors I see in my prints and enlargements.

Helpful hint: When using Spyder3Pro, it's important to complete the monthly calibration to ensure consistently good color accuracy.

In summary, I consider Spyder3Pro a 'must have' tool for any photographer who wants his digital files and photos to pop with the same colors that he saw when he pressed the shutter on his camera.

Connie Wragge
Ministry Leader & President, PhotoMission
A Worldwide Community of Christian Photographers
http://www.photomission.com


What I love about the Spyder3 is that it's from an established company I trust, I can attach it to my studio computer or laptop and it saves me time because it’s easy to use and accurate. When you're a photographer who travels a lot, like myself, knowing the colors you’re working with are really the colors in the print is invaluable because a professional photographer is a lot like a painter. Color is crucial to our work.

Catherine Hall
Professional Photographer



I have installed and calibrated a number of monitors with the new Spyder3Elite, including a couple of projectors. It has been on both Windows and Mac machines, including OS X 10.5. After a slight issue with the software not seeing one of my monitors, everything is working perfectly.

There are two things that really suprised me. The first was the profiling of a projector, which in the past I would have done with a much higher cost solution. Results were excellent with Spyder3. I then tried to profile the LCD projector against a blue-gray wall rather than a screen, I was amazed at the quality of the profile on this background. The other thing that impressed me was when running Spyder3Elite against my professional graphics display and its bundled calibrator; the results were almost identical.

This is what I would call absolutely remarkable quality from a device that retails for less than 300 dollars. As I said before, this will be what I will be recommending!

Tom Pappas


I'm a new customer using the LCD Spyder on a MAC G4 and 22 inch cinema display. In a word, I'm impressed. The software installed in OSX / Jaguar easily. The hardware worked first time and integrated with the software first time, literally right out of the box.

Gary Jones
Silver & Stones
stonejewelry.com


Just wanted to let you know that the Spyder is absolutely brilliant. I'm quite knowledgeable with traditional cameras but wouldn't rate myself highly with either computers or digital cameras so I was a little apprehensive. But the Spyder Hardware was easy to load, the on-line manual is easy to understand and the Spyder pretty well does everything itself. The end results are excellent, and I would happily recommend the Spyder to anybody.

David Liddle
Brendale
Queensland, Australia


I want to share an OptiCal success story with you. Yesterday I shot with a digital camera on location at a restaurant in Manhattan. For the shoot I rented a G4 laptop. Using Optical and my new LCD capable spider I was able to profile the monitor and create a much better match to my studio monitor than the state the monitor was in when I rented it. Knowing that the laptop's monitor more closely matched my studio monitor was a great comfort to me! Of course, I still had to deal with the viewing angle issues with a laptop scrren, but when I transferred the images to my main computer everything look just as I had expected.

Ric Cohn
Ric Cohn Productions
www.riccohn.com


I just wanted to take the time to thank you for the monitor Spyder and software. I own a digital photography studio and we use Fuji S1 and S2 pro cameras with Macintosh computers and 3 different Epson printers (Epson 10000, Photo 2000 and Stylus 1270). Our color workflow is perfect, everything matches from one monitor to the other and prints match from one printer to the other and customers are very impressed.

One of our competitors stopped by to get some drum scans done, and could not believe that our prints match our monitors so accurately! He asked how we do that. We told him that it took lots of color calibration, technicians and profile configuration, blah, blah, blah-blah, which made it sound very complicated when, in fact, all we did is use your products. He nodded as if he understood and left with a puzzled look on his face, full of envy and intrigue.

I'd say that since we purchased your products, we have increased our workflow by 100%, saving long hours of color correction, printing tests and guessing how the color would come out. We used to waste rolls and rolls of expensive Epson photo paper as well as ink, which is not cheap.

Thank you for making our lives easier and making work fun again!

Horatio Franco
Studio Four
www.studiofour.net


The Spyder showed up and was quite a hit at the [Santa Fe Workshop] class. Very impressive. Fast and sexy but what we all found interesting was how much better (and brighter for some reason) the displays calibrated and profiled with the Sypder looked especially after doing the same job with the same software (Optical) using the X-Rite DTP-92! I'm sure you guys have compared this in house but we didn't expect to see such a difference. I didn't time the two but I'd say the Spyder is easily as fast, if not faster than the DTP-92. Good job!

Andrew Rodney
The Digital Dog
www.digitaldog.net


Okay, used to be that monitor calibration choices were between big, solid,expensive stuff like the DTP-92 (I can remember when that one cost a thousand bucks) and small, cheap stuff like the Chroma4, which looks like it came as the prize in a CrackerJack box, and has a bad habit of leaving its suction cups on the screen. I've actually seen users holding a Chroma4 to the screen by hand, as it had no feet left. The thing will fit in a shirt pocket, and is so lightweight you wouldn't notice it was there. So even if it does a pretty good job, it tends not to inspire confidence, and resellers are hesitant to charge hundreds of dollars for it, as it does't seem like much for the money. Enter the Monitor Spyder. This device is solid, effective, fast, the specs rival anything on the market... and its a great looking substantial piece of equipment, actually much more impressive to have around the office than the more expensive pucks. And it costs less than a Chroma4. And it runs OptiCal and PhotoCal, which are the preferred software of most all us color geeks...

End of story.

C. David Tobie
Design Cooperative
CDTobie@designcoop.com


Right after giving the Spyder/PhotoCal a whiz - first hand impression is : Its awesome, totally cool! Very easy to use, pretty darn good calibration, nicely integrated software, good instructions. I love the way PreCal is integrated. You have a darn good bundle here!

Thomas Holm
Pixl Aps
Copenhagen, Denmark
www.pixl.dk


I installed Photocal and Profiler RGB on my system without so much as a small hiccup. This was originally installed on Win 98SE. After getting the settings on my HP scanner correct I was making printer profiles that matched my monitor in no time without any kind of a hitch. Last week I formatted the machine and installed Win ME, which has gotten a reputation for not playing nice with many devices, and the Spyder, Photocal, and Profiler RGB again installed without any type of hitch what so ever.

My point is that I would not be afraid to recommend the package to anyone running a Windows system. If your looking for a good entry level CM package for Win 98se or Win ME, I would highly recommend the Spyder,Photocal, Profiler RGB set up. I don't part with $300 easily but this package is definately worth it in my opinion. It has made my trials with different papers a lot simpler.

Gary C. Poland
Kingston, NH


For workgroups needing color matching Colorvision's PhotoCal software is an ideal cost effective solution.

Recently, I had a customer who needed 34+ monitors calibrated and profiled. Other monitor calibration solutions were too costly or involved purchasing a color measurement device for each station. Since the customer didn't need monitor to monitor matching the PhotoCal solution with the Spyder was ideal. We moved the Spyder from machine to machine easily thanks to USB connectivity. The wizard allowed each monitor's luminance level to be maximized by calibrating the monitor's RGB phosphors guns to a target white point before profiling. It was real important that the solution was seamless and easy to use. The wizard walked the user through the process with little guidance from me. The PhotoCal delivered an elegant solution that the customer appreciated. Thanks.

Dan B. Reid
Renaissance Photographic Imaging
www.rpimaging.com
Toll Free: (866) RGB-CMYK [866-742-2695]
Local: (505) 471-4126


I would like to convey my respect and awe at the powerful combination you offer with the Spyder/OptiCal/PreCal package. With the price point and product quality, this clearly becomes my recommendation to my clients.

Gabriel Graubner
Color Consultant


Following our contact a couple of weeks ago I have a few queries and also some customer feedback. I received the Optical and Spyder with RGB Profiler and have been very impressed. The Optical and Spyder combination work extremely well and far exceed anything I have used or seen before. It is great to be able to recommend this package to my clients especially those who are bewildered by the number of choices in this area.

Michael Lithgow
Professional Photographer
Melbourne, Australia


Some third-party calibration packages, most notably OptiCal from ColorVision (which we like a lot), allow you to set the white point by manually adjusting the RGB guns on monitors that offer individual gun control. If your monitor and calibration package offer this feature, use it - you'll lose fewer levels than you would if the calibrator had to tweak the lookup tables in the video card to achieve the requested white point.

Real World Photoshop 6
David Blatner and Bruce Frasier, p. 135
Peachpit Press, 2001


Hi all

just wanted to share a handy bit of information to those of you who would be interested. Thanks to the advice of the very knowledgeable Johnny Maclean, I just purchased a ColorVision Spyder with Optical software from nancyscans.com and I can tell you that although it set me back somewhere in the vicinity of $400.00, I'm inclined to think that it's the best $400, I've spent in quite a while.

I had my monitor calibrated to a pretty high standard, (or so I thought). Turns out that it was in the range of 20 too bright. This is really important when your outputting C.D's for publication purposes, like I do. I called up Nancy Scans today and the guy (Mat) had my monitor so tweaked in less than 1/2 an hour. NOW, I have total faith that what I see on my monitor is truly what I'm supplying my clients with. In my book, that's $400.00 very well spent, or should I say "invested" in my business. Something worth thinking about, now that we are all moving into the digital age with such pace.

Aloha

Sean Davey
Professional Photographer
www.greenflashphoto.com


Creating custom profiles with Spyder3Print gave me some of the best prints I ever got out of my printer. After using the complete Spyder3 system I am totally hooked on the product. Plus the customer support was great; they actually cared how my prints came out and that is a huge thing to offer.

Christopher Villano
http://www.villanophoto.com


I am now a believer. I just got back from a trip to Tokyo where I shot a several hundred photos in and around Shinjuku and Shibuya and using Adobe Lightroom edited them in color or B&W, based on my perception on how I thought each image worked. (initial edits, done on a color corrected laptop, are posted at http://www.pbase.com/troutco/tokyojuly2007).

You'll see the B&W photos are each tinted, to my taste, based on how I felt the image worked (some have a warm tone, some a colder tone, some a neutral tone). Some of the photos are color with specific colors intentionally desaturated. So far, printing out proofs at home tonight, using an Epson R2400, on Costco $18.95 semi-glossy, using my PrintFIX PRO 2.0 extended color/B&W profile for the paper, (without any tweaking of the profile) they look very good. My cursory reviews of them in less than ideal lighting is very impressive. I don't see any color casts, The toned colors look close enough to those on my desktop's color profiled CRT and LCD to win a horseshoe contest.

I've always found printing to be a very iterative, time consuming and often not very rewarding process (probably one reason I do so little of it) and have never been pleased with the screen matching of the images and their printed form. Looking at these test prints, toned B&W and color, and proofing using the extended PFP2 profile, these are the closest matches I've ever seen between my output and my edits on screen.

There is a great deal of creative freedom being able to shoot, edit and render, and then print, all from Lightroom, without having to make a complicated science project out of process of generating B&W images. This was also my first serious use of Lightroom instead of the combination of Capture One Pro and Photoshop. The workflow was much more rapid, and flexible than I've had in the past and I could easily iterate edits in color, B&W, or both. Now that I'm back home, I can readily take any images that need more advanced sharpening, exposure or tonal adjustment or masking into Photoshop.

Michael Colby


As a professional photographer operating a film production company prior to the "digital age", I made use of all available tools to achieve consistency in photographic color printing- Color Analyzers and later, Video Analyzer for color negatives. This permitted quantification of color management and streamlined the workflow.

As professional photographers, and amateurs alike, have shifted to digital imaging, a new crisis has arisen. Achieving color consistency with ink-jet printers has caused many to return to the era of "test strips", more often many full sheets of paper (and ink) to produce one acceptable print. ColorVision, with the Spyder and PrintFix has solved the crisis for many of us. The ability to accurately calibrate the computer monitor is akin to the automatic paper and film processors that provided the consistency of one step of the process, while the ability of PrintFix to develop accurate color profiles for the printer completes the other step of the process, and once again, we have an efficient and cost-controlled workflow. ColorVision has a real winner in these products.

Millard Croll
Main Line Film Productions


After cropping the image and trimming the top of the plastic sleeve to get a better scan (cut down the skewing) I got a beautiful test print of the image included with PrintFIX. Thanks for the help.

Bob Chadwick


ColorVision has once again raised the bar on achieving the ultimate goal of consistent color from start to finish with the introduction of the new PrintFIX profiling device. Designed to make the job of creating accurate ICC profiles for printers it simplifies the process and makes profiling available to the masses without the need for large capital investments in time and energy. In conjunction with the Spyder, this system will enable a complete color management system from beginning to end.

Our observations: The PrintFIX is fairly easy to use straight out of the box, though it is necessary to read the instructions well. All of the profiles created were very accurate and little adjustment was necessary. All in all we like the device and think it is the perfect solution for most of us who need good quick consistent color. It worked great with every printer/paper/ink combination that we tried. We've been using the Spyder in house to profile our monitors for quite some time and the pair of accessories has made our color management life a success!

Gregory Schern
President, Inkjetgoodies
www.inkjetgoodies.com


Thanks for all your help. The FAQ's were a great help! Oh and by the way, I am an instructor for Digital Printing classes and I normally use Spectrophotometers for building profiles but I was looking for a more economical alternative when I read about PrintFIX and thought I'd give it a try.

Once I managed to get over my own system problems and get the PrintFIX to work, I have to say I'm impressed! I'll recommend it to all my participants (about 45 people per month) as they are looking for ways to improve their home ink-jet printing experiences. Thanks for all your help!

Chris Laidlaw
Instructor
Henry's School Of Imaging
www.henrys.com


PrintFix goes a long way toward bringing color management to the masses. It is the easiest printer profiling system I have seen. Now anyone will be able to create their own custom profiles to solve the problem of prints not matching their monitors!

Lewis Kemper
Photographer/Writer/Educator
Columnist for PC Photo magazine


PrintFix provides a user-friendly solution for photographers frustrated by prints that don't match their monitor, particularly when using third-party papers. When used in conjunction with the Monitor Spyder and PhotoCal, it provides an excellent method of getting prints to match what you see on the monitor. If you're wasting paper trying to get accurate prints, give PrintFix a try.

Tim Grey
Technical writer and digital imaging specialist
Instructor for The Lepp Institute
www.leppphoto.com


As a fine art photographer, it's extremely critical that the adjustments I make on screen, appear properly in the print.

I've been through several technical books on color matching; studied how to create profiles and gone thru hundreds of dollars worth of paper and ink trying to find or create a profile that that met my criteria.

I was literally floored when, on the first pass thru, your software delivered a profile that was over 90% accurate. With some modest tweaking, I was able to create a profile that was as good as the ones I'd spent so much time and money creating "by hand."

While there is no "perfect" one-pass system (as far as I know) for less than about $10,000, I'd have saved hour upon hour if I'd started with PrintFIX. Along with Optical, and the Spyder, you've got a winning combination.

I'm one happy camper.

Tracy Valleau
Multimedia Artist
www.TracyValleau.com


I have just calibrated my monitor and built a profile for the cotton rag paper that I use on my Epson 7600 with the Pantone Colorvision Spyder Photosuite Pro. I am very happy with the results. These great results are well worth the $400+/- investment to me.

The Pantone system is easy to use and has given me the ability to match my monitor to 7600 printer output very closely.

David Trask
Artist


I just wanted to take the time to thank you for the monitor Spyder and software. I own a digital photography studio and we use Fuji S1 and S2 pro cameras with Macintosh computers and 3 different Epson printers (Epson 10000, Photo 2000 and Stylus 1270). Our color workflow is perfect, everything matches from one monitor to the other and prints match from one printer to the other and customers are very impressed.

One of our competitors stopped by to get some drum scans done, and could not believe that our prints match our monitors so accurately! He asked how we do that. We told him that it took lots of color calibration, technicians and profile configuration, blah, blah, blah-blah, which made it sound very complicated when, in fact, all we did is use your products. He nodded as if he understood and left with a puzzled look on his face, full of envy and intrigue.

I'd say that since we purchased your products, we have increased our workflow by 100%, saving long hours of color correction, printing tests and guessing how the color would come out. We used to waste rolls and rolls of expensive Epson photo paper as well as ink, which is not cheap.

Thank you for making our lives easier and making work fun again!

Horatio Franco
Studio Four
www.studiofour.net


I am a Fine Art photographer in the Rochester, NY area. I will be teaching workshops at the Genesee Center for the Arts in Rochester, NY on Digital Workflow and color management tools. These workshops will also be held for the Rochester Digital Imaging Interest Group.

In past sessions I have covered using scanner based profiling packages such as Monaco EZcolor, Praxisoft WiziWYG and Profiler RGB. I am happy to say that Profiler RGB has been the hands down favorite tool of attendees.

The Rochester Digital Imaging Interest Group is growing and many of our members are professional photographers and artists who are making the transition to digital imaging in their businesses. I have been asked to expand the workshops to address using more powerful hardware based tools like Profiler Pro. I would like to know if ColorVision would provide an evaluation copy of Profiler Pro for use at these workshops?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Scott Hendershot
Professional Photographer
Rochester, NY
www.scotthendershot.com


I purchased the Profiler RGB and Doctor Pro for Windows yesterday. The profiler is extremely easy to use, as was promised. No targets to worry about, just print out the target image file that is supplied, using your paper, ink and printer, and then scan it in the resulting printer. Profiler RGB does the rest. My first profile was very close, but I wanted to change it a bit. Doctor Pro lets you apply your original profile to any image inside Photoshop (it does a kind of profile to profile conversion to show you a soft proof). Then, using Photoshop color altering tools, you can touch-up the image and save the corrections into your profile - it's very cool, very simple and it works. I think it will actually be fun to profile a bunch of ink/paper combinations.

John Brubaker
Steelcase, Inc.
Grand Rapids, Michigan


I'm fairly confident that the results from Profiler Pro with hardware measurement will not need any significant adjustment in these areas. In fact so far as the highlights are concerned you'll be gobsmacked at how well these are handled. Shadows are the best I've seen from ANY profiling package I've tried, no burnt toast to be seen anywhere :-). I haven't required a tonal adjustment either at creation or later with ANY profile. Other areas of note (my observations others may see different). Blues are handles exceptionally well as are reds (no plastic or fluorescence appearance as far as I can see). Skin tones are handled VERY well as is greyscale.

I'm not sure who asked about me doing a review, but it's doubtful since so many good things have already been written. However, I think there may be some mileage in doing something which combines Profiler Pro and the ColorMouse in use :-) But all that must wait until the product is released.

BTW: I can't recall if I posted anything before, but there is a review and expo of Color Visions Spyder, Photocal and Optical on my site.

Ian Lyons
Digital Darkroom


I received your ColorVision Doctor Pro and Profiler RGB a couple of days ago and I started making RGB profiles and it is a dream!

I have gone mad and created profiles for printing on TDK heavy weight glossy paper (a bit like the Konica) which is a damn difficult paper to print on, on account of its contrast. No problem, it prints great now.

Eddie Edwards
Edwards Photography
London, UK


On Doctor Pro
Been working with ColorVision's Doctor Pro...it is a profile editor that lets you use *any* Photoshop color editing tool (and many other tools) from *within Photoshop* to edit profiles with a full real time preview of the edits... Man does this baby do stuff!

On Profiler/CMYK
But even better than RGB profiles, I'm also using the new Profiler CMYK profiler which has full CMYK profile controls including total ink limit, black ink limit, black ink curve, dot gain, and even (here's a nice one) Undercolor Addition. Using undercolor addition you can put a much CMY ink under the black as your paper will hold and get a deep black color, even if your black ink isn't all that intense... For the best of the old world and the new I don't think it can be beat!!!...This is the greatest thing since pre-sliced bread!

Dan Culbertson
Merritt Island, Florida


Just have to add a comment about ColorVisions's "Doctor Pro" software. This utility provides for easy and accurate MODIFICATION of existing profiles. I've used it to quickly tweak Epson printer profiles (good ones made with Profiler RGB) to perfection.

Dan Burkholder
Author of "Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing"
Rochester, NY
www.danburkholder.com


But for those that need the ultimate profile editor, there is the Color Vision Doctor PRO software. Editing of profiles is conducted inside of Adobe Photoshop using all the global tools available to this host application. Both RGB and CMYK profiles can be tuned. Doctor PRO is the ideal tool for profile editing because it utilizes the finest and most powerful editing tools known to man; Adobe Photoshop. The filters are actually automate commands inside of Photoshop. When tuning, users edit while Doctor PRO watches and reconstructs the edits on an existing loaded profile. I tested both Profiler RGB and Doctor PRO and found both products worked as advertised.

Andrew Rodney
The Digital Dog
www.digitaldog.net


If you print using the printer vendor's inks and papers, the canned profiles that come with the printer generally work well. If you're using third-party inks and papers, though, a custom profile will improve your output immensely. Relatively inexpensive scanner-based profiling packages such as ColorVision's Profiler RGB work very well with inkjet printers, and will likely pay for themselves quickly in savings on ink and paper.

Real World Photoshop 6
David Blatner and Bruce Frasier, p. 162
Peachpit Press, 2001


I have recently started using the Lyson SG ink with an Epson 1160 using mainly the Lyson Fine Art paper. The abilty to adjust the tone using adjustment layers is not only useful but essential given the tendency of the the image to change tone according to the ambient lighting conditions. The profiles supplied by Lyson give the ability to 'soft proof' this effect.

However I was disappointed with the lack of deep blacks on any of the papers I have tried with the SG inks using the supplied profiles. This was confirmed by printing out greyscale - the Professional Satin profile showing a big dip between 90-100%.

Creating a profile with Profiler RGB resolved the problem - the initial profile showed a green cast which was eliminated with the appropriate slider. The result was a neutral print with excellent tonal range including a deep rich black. I have tried this method with Lyson Prof Satin, Fine art and Epson HWM. I have needed exactly the same magenta adjustment (+6M)for each paper so far. The image on screen (Colorcal calibrated) matches the output to my satisfaction.

I am not sure if Profiler RGB was designed to work with small gamut inksets but my experiments so far are giving me very consistent results.

Steven Chambers


Definitely a "thumbs UP" on a quality profiling program, that appears to give high end results, at a minimal investment, just using a flat bed scanner. (I used a Agfa Duoscan T2500, not your basic cheapo) And it couldn't be any simpler to use!

The more I have experimented, the more impressed I am with ColorVision's profiling software... A truly no-brainer on the Mac side. Last night I ran a profile on Oce' photogloss paper in my Epson 9000. I ran a print and compared it to the one I did with my Epson 900 on Ilford Photogloss 9 ml. I was stunned at how close the images looked. And it was a difficult image of an acrylic painting, with neutrals, pastels and bright reds, greens and multi-hued blues. There was a very slight difference, but VERY close!

This morning I ran a B&W grayscale along with a step wedge. ColorVision did a beautiful job. (no adjustments) It carried a nice crispness (internal contrast) and richness in 6-color, with barely noticable color variance in a couple of the grayscale steps.

John Nollendorfs
JN Photography
Lincoln, Nebraska


Sounds like EZ Color - Well it's not! ColorVision's Profiler RGB sounds initially like Monaco's EZ Color. But there is little similarity between the products other than that they both use a scanner to produce ICC / ICM profiles.

  1. Monaco's EZ Color has been known to produce flat profiles without shadow detail and highlights that compound the paper density. ColorVision's profiles are extremely saturated, have good shadow detail, and do not compound off-white paper color into density. I would characterize ColorVision's Profiler RGB as the absolute best in a sub-$1,500 product.
  2. ColorVision is an Adobe Photoshop plug in. Unlike EZ Color, which is a separate software application, ColorVision runs from inside Photoshop.
  3. ColorVision has editing tools that can be used to edit ICC profiles for brightness, contrast, saturation and tone control. So even if your scanner is off the mark, you potentially have the tools to correct the profiles to your satisfaction.
  4. Only ColorVision has an RGB printer preview so that you can work in Photoshop and preview your images, as they will print.
  5. Unlike EZ Color, which calibrates your scanner and automates the scanning of the test target, ColorVision gives you complete freedom of how you scan the test target.

The algorithm that is used by ColorVision to produce profiles works extremely well. The remarkable thing that we witnessed is that the RGBCMY color families within the profiles were very saturated, yet images printed through ColorVision profiles appear natural, and neutral. The color is denser and brighter than any other sub-$1,500 profile making software."

Jon Cone
Cone Editions Press
East Topsham, VT


I generated two profiles- one for inkjet and one for Photo paper.... and the results are truly astounding. By far best I've ever seen and the software is so easy to use!!!

John Weil
Denver, Colorado


In short, I think it's a great program and certainly worth the money. I'm using ColorVision's Profiler and Doctor software. Consistent saturation is what I'm getting as well with ColorVision.. This program prints out a nice color target, no having to tape an IT8 chart onto paper and worry about fingerprints all over the target and tape everywhere. Just scan in the printed target and in a couple of clicks you are done."

...You can recreate the profile with Profiler and use the slider switches to correct for color tints, lightness, contrast or saturation. Or if you have Doctor you can save a step and just correct your previously made profile using the same methods....

ColorVision is a great way to make printer profiles. It's easy and there are lots of choices in terms of how little or how much you want to spend on it...

Mark Hochman
Mark Hochman Photographics
Amherst, NH


Shortly before Christmas, 1999, I started using non-Epson inks and papers in my Epson 1200 printer, because I wanted to make prints that would last more than a year or two. I quickly realized that getting prints to match what I saw on my monitor was not going to be easy, compared to what I had been getting before with Epson materials. In January 2000 I bought and downloaded a printer profiling software package called Profiler RGB. It was extremely simple to use and it made a great improvement in the quality of my prints. For the first time I could print on a variety of paper types and have the prints look almost identical.

I have recently been certified as a Juried Member of the Crafts Council of New Brunswick, Canada, after submitting prints made on watercolour paper using ColorVision's Profiler software.

Roger Smith
New Brunswick, Canada


I put the copy of ColorVision's Profiler RGB which you donated to Columbus College of Art and Design to work tonight in preparation for the Digital Designers Group meeting in May titled "Printers, Papers and Profiles". Wow. it was so easy and worked so well. Same image, 12 papers from matte to glossy to art papers, and they all came out the same except for the differences in reflectivity of the stocks. I am amazed at the superb neutrals with no work at all. I tweaked a few profiles just for the fun of it. I love this thing!!

Clay White
Columbus School of Art & Design
Columbus, OH


It is tough to please everyone when sharing results from scientific testing of any kind. For years, I was a black and white film sesitometrist - studying and testing photographic materials. My experience there tells me that sometimes results are what we want to see, not what they actually are. I believe in a measured approach to testing materials- play part scientific and part empirical. That is to say, after following the scientific methods, play with the stuff in real world environments Using this approach, we dove into color management, first testing Colorblind, and then Kodak color flow, then ColorVision Profiler RGB. Since our goal was producing pleasing photographic images - we did the science, and then we just played for a while. Our results? We like like Profiler RGB. The interface was easy and intuitive, the resulting profiles were 'tweak able' - the process a snap.

Since we have been testing, we have been able to almost instantly generate profiles with Profiler RGB, and print on exotic papers with several inks. It works with us, and we like it.

Hugh Milstein
CEO Digital Fusion LLC


"I've been printing conventional color B&W prints my entire career in photography spanning 25 years. But I've been in love with the 'look' of ink on paper prints since seeing Dye Transfer prints some 20 years ago, and more recently Iris "Giclee" fine art photographic prints.

Thank you Profiler RGB... "Now I can produce prints on my desktop that are very similar to both of these processes in terms of aesthetics and archival longevity, and with the help of color management I can control the process to a remarkable degree. "Profiler RGB builds very accurate printer profiles, and it's fast and easy to use. With a hardware calibrated monitor and Profiler RGB, my first print is the 'final' 80 to 90% of the time!

"I particularly like the soft proof preview feature in Profiler RGB because it lets you see the effect a particular ink and paper combination will introduce before you make the first print, and what comes off the printer looks just like the preview on your screen! I consider this neat trick a minor miracle. "Thank you Profiler RGB!"

Dave King
Dave King Photography
New York, NY


Profiler RGB offers the best shadow detail and overall color fidelity of any of the off the shelf software packages. I've used it successfully with both the Epson 1200 and 1270. It is also the easiest to use of any of the scanner based printer profilers, as it doesn't require a special scanner target.

Dave Cardinal
Cardinal Photo
Portola Valley, CA


I have recently adopted Spyder3Studio, and find it invaluable. I require complete control within my own workflow; and the one area where I did not have that control was profiling. With the Spyder3 products a fully color managed workflow has been achieved. Starting off with a calibrated monitor using Spyder3Elite, then using Spyder3Print to profile my papers and inksets, I can produce prints that totally satisfy.

I go directly to the expert mode, and appreciate the various inputs that allow the user to generate different profile mixes from the same target measurements. My prints now hold the subtle separations in the files and keep the shadow areas true, all being accurately represented when soft-proofing in Photoshop. Some of my abstract work is difficult to print, heavy on soft tonal transitions and areas of subtle hue shifts. They have rarely worked well with any profile I had previously tried. I use a variety of non OEM paper, and now profile them all using this little gem.

Carolyn Frayn
carolynfrayn.com


"...Anyhow, I calibrated my monitor, got my PrintFix chart into PS (eventually) and built a profile, printed a test image and WOW, I was 'gobsmacked!' It had a slight green cast which I fixed over the next couple of prints with DoctorPRO and I now have a spot on print profile. I'm impressed. I had used reams of Epson paper over the past 12 months to try and get a decent print match, I had resorted to printing only in classic mode in PS because it was the only way to get decent print results..."

Andrew Spencer
Kaikoura, New Zealand


Per our conversation at Macworld SF, I'm writing to you about what your calibration products have done for my business and workflow.You may recall that I told you that my partner and I were in frequent conflict over the way images I processed looked. He was complaining that the images I sent him had bad color and contrast on his system,when they looked fine on mine. This was compounded in that he uses NT and Linux, while I'm on a Mac. Also, I had inconsistent color when printing photos, both digital and scanned.

Both of these ongoing problems were solved when I read a review of your ColorVision calibration products in "Photoshop User" Magazine, and decided to go ahead with the ColorVision RGB Suite/Spyder USB

Mac, including both monitor and printer software. Your products have done everything claimed for them: I now get good, consistent color between my screen and printouts, plus the problem with my partner's system seeing images differently no longer exists. We are on the same page now, and life is easier.

I found your software easy to use and intuitive. Your software walked me through the process painlessly, and the results are gratifying. I enjoyed watching the software put the monitor through the different color levels used to form the profile. Thanks to ColorSync and your products, I now have consistent, accurate system-wide color!

I learned something interesting using the printer RGB Profile software: I had been using third-party ink in my Epson 900, and, even after calibrating, I was not happy with the color. When I switched back to Epson inks, I was astonished at the differences in the printed-out calibration patterns-the third-party checkerboard was quite a bit greener in overall color cast! I now use Epson inks only.Thank you for an easy-to-use, affordable, accurate product that solves a real problem!

Andy Adler
Professional Photographer


As an amateur digital photographer, I have had some difficulty making the prints from my Epson SP1200 match what I see on the screen in Photoshop. I've used Adobe Gamma for monitor calibration and tried various printer profiles and settings, and frequently ended up printing a proof copy, adjusting curves, and reprinting the final copy... a tedious and expensive process at best.

After calibrating my monitor and printer with ColorVision RGB Suite 1, every print has been perfect the first time (at least to my old eyes). Well worth the modest price.

Thanks.

John Waers
Amateur Photographer
Longmont, CO


I'm sitting at my studio computer absolutely in shock after calibrating my modest HP Office jet that I use for proofing. After calibrating, the print actually matched the monitor. This is a dream come true. After 6 years of attempting to correct every image with a printer curves compensation layer in Photoshop, I just printed the image with the printer profile developed by the Profiler RGB product and voila, the print matched the screen! You just can't imagine what a relief it is to see a beautiful proof instead of a muddy mess.

I also used the PhotoCal software and spyder to calibrate the dual monitors (different brands) that I run off the same computer for Photoshop imaging. Every time they start up, I still stare at the desktop image that comes up on both of them. Miraculously it looks the same on both monitors. All this is hard to believe.

Thanks for making all these solutions available to us that were previously far beyond the reach of the small studio!

William Lies
Lies Photography
www.liesphoto.com


I just wanted to write and tell you how incredible your products are! I recently purchased your RGB Suite 1, and it was so easy to calibrate my monitor and printer! I had a little trouble getting RGB Profiler to work, but George Rodart from tech support provided me with excellent assistance, and now everything works perfectly. Thank you so much for finally making color calibration available to us freelancers!

Sincerely,

Ian Anderson
Freelancer