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Some trial and error to get a good profile; surprisingly limited control,
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This is the third colorimeter that I've owned in ten years or so, and my experience in printing color goes back to the film and darkroom days, so I accept that there is no perfect color device.
I was initially disappointed with the first few profiles I created using this product after providing information about my laptop's display. The profiles had either a definite yellow or green cast. They were far better than my uncorrected display, but not really what I needed for accurate viewing and printing.
So I experimented with telling the software that my display's characteristics were different from what I know them to be. Although this laptop has LED backlighting, I finally got a good profile when I entered that it was fluorescent backlighting.
Compared to other calibration software that I've used previously, this software provides very limited options for modifying settings. Mostly, you pick the characteristics of your display from dropdown boxes, and the software then decides on the whitepoint and gamma. There is no obvious way to change them. That is odd for "professional" software. In fact, this is the most basic and least flexible software of the three colorimeters that I have owned. Perhaps I'm overlooking some features, but that is not surprising given that there is no manual--another disappointment for a $169 supposedly professional tool.
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Initial post: Apr 10, 2013 1:08:15 PM PDT
But doesn't your decision to 'trick' the software defeat the point? The point of the hardware is to remove the human vision error from the process and you just reintroduced the human error; you might as well not use this at all and simply adjust your laptop's normal profile to suite what appeals to your eye.
Further, a laptop is one of the worst displays you can use for photo editing, as most are TN type, which color shift depending on the viewing angle; I ended up buying an external IPS panel monitor after realizing how badly the TN display effected the colors.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2013 9:34:22 AM PDT
Posted on Jun 18, 2013 12:37:27 PM PDT
D. Nelson says:
Thanks for the excellent review. It's sad that a lot of software is moving toward the "we know what's best for you" model. It's too bad that even some customers don't understand that this product is designed for people who want to calibrate colors that are not obviously visible to the eyes, so that when you use your HOME PRINTER (not a print shop or CVS or whatever), it will come out looking like what you see on the computer sceen, not something color shifted.
That said, I think it's clever that you managed to trick the software into doing the right thing. The manufacturer should take note about your difficulty and improve the product.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2013 1:07:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2013 1:13:29 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2013 4:41:33 PM PDT
M. Shere says:
"... and you're good to go." Classic advice.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2013 4:44:36 PM PDT
M. Shere says:
This person has never purchased a large format fine-art printer and it's inks.
Posted on Oct 27, 2013 10:14:03 AM PDT
Mr T says:
I don't own one but I was just looking at the Datacolor website and I think the Elite version might do what you want: Datacolor Spyder4Elite S4EL100 Colorimeter for Display Calibration.
You can upgrade the software to get the functionality you want. There's a comparison on their website here (product comparison tab at the bottom of the page): http://spyder.datacolor.com/portfolio-vie
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